After the Microsoft Nokia acquisition deal which was finally concluded with agreement between the shareholders, government norms and the company representatives on April 25, 2014 this was the first press conference which Nokia held as Microsoft Mobile.
Nokia Lumia 630 which was launched at an event in Delhi on May 12, 2014 is the first handset to be launched as Microsoft Mobile in India. Interestingly, the device still bears the Nokia moniker.
As you might remember, Microsoft had announced the Windows Phone 8.1 at Build conference 2014 in San Fransisco. At the event they had announced that the first three WP 8.1 running smartphones which were supposed to be launched in this year. One of them was the Lumia 630. Lumia 630 being the first Windows Phone 8.1 running handset is also the first Windows Phone dual SIM handset. The handset is available in single SIM and dual SIM variant both of which will be made available in the country. We got a chance to test the handset for a few minutes and from the initial impressions the device seems to be good to us. Above that the pricing with which Microsoft Mobile announced this handset for is like an icing on the cake.
The single SIM variant will be available later this month for Rs. 10,500 whereas the dual SIM variant is available for Rs. 11,500 starting May 16, 2014.
The design of the handset is not much different from the previous Lumia handsets except the fact that it has a matte finish all around the body. The handset is available in a wide range of colors which all look good. A new addition to the color was orange apart from White, Black, Green, and Yellow which was not seen before this handset. The build quality as usual feels solid and the size make it highly ergonomic.
Running through the specifications, Lumia 630 features a Qualcomm 400 1.2GHz quad-core processor with 512MB RAM and 8GB eMMC. It supports expandable memory up to 128GB via external microSD card. It features a 4.5-inch FWVGA display with ClearBlack Technology . It packs a 1830mAh battery and comes with a 5MP AF rear camera shooter sadly no front-facing camera. The lumia 630 is the first smartphone to come with on-screen buttons instead of the capacitive touch buttons like always.
The operating system as we know runs perfectly fine and in our brief time featured no lags. Getting improved Windows 8.1 comes with lots of important features which were showcased at the event, one of them being the much awaited notification center. Apart from this, the dual SIM has its own ease of use and a mode which could combine or keep separate calling and messaging from both the SIM cards. Nokia Lumia 630 also comes with the low powered motion sensors which is first of its kind on any Lumia smartphone. These motion sensors tracks your activity without the use of any wearable. Microsoft has built in an application called as Health and Fitness which has pedometer and exercise control functionality to track and analyse what all you do in a specific time period. Being a Nokia product it has the Nokia Camera app which has its own set of functionality which was made available to all Lumia smartphones. The camera results were also decent though we were in a very dark and restricted environment so we need to test it better before we commit.
Overall the device is a good Windows Phone smartphone. The pricing makes it a sweet deal if you are looking for a budget handset especially dual SIM that you want to be fast and all. Windows Phone 8.1 filling the gaps have been able to make it a third most popular operating system.