If Lumia Icon’s extended reach under the Lumia 930 moniker and Windows Phone 8.1’s promised swift rollout didn’t prove Nokia and Microsoft are at last getting serious about challenging Google and Apple, maybe Lumia 635’s unexpectedly wide release stateside will.
No less than three major US mobile operators have confirmed they’ll carry the LTE-enabled low-end, low-cost handheld in the near future, though they all insist on keeping exact launch dates and pricing details on the hush-hush.
But based on Nokia’s own claims, we’d expect AT&T, T-Mobile and MetroPCS to start selling the Lumia 635 in mid-May. June, at the latest. The outright price tag is easy to guess as well, circling $189, with Ma Bell possibly subsidizing the costs and offering the 4.5 incher free of charge with two-year contracts.
Meanwhile, don’t forget T-Mo’s structure is a little different from the competition, so you’ll likely have nada to plunk down upfront, and then 24 monthly installments of roughly $8.
Viewed as Motorola Moto G’s upcoming leading adversary in the budget market niche, the 635 is bound to make waves primarily thanks to its superior connectivity options, including LTE speeds in addition to standard Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and 3G.
Tied in processing speed with the G, Nokia’s affordable bad boy is trumped in essentially all other departments, from screen resolution (854 x 480 pixels) to RAM (512 MB) and battery capacity (1,830 mAh).
Software-wise, it’s to run Windows Phone 8.1 out the box, which many consider a worthy Android 4.4 KitKat rival. To buy or not to buy, that is the question.
Via [Win Beta]