“A pictorial tour of the most affordable offering in Microsoft’s stable, the Lumia 430”
Over the past couple of months, Microsoft has introduced a couple of budget Windows Phone-based offerings under its Lumia range. However, in a bid to reach the masses, it has now brought the Lumia 430, which at the price point of Rs 5,299, is the cheapest smartphone in the Microsoft’s stable. The device was launched yesterday and we were able to spend some quality time with it. While at first glance, it doesn’t seem much different from its affordable siblings, that’s not the case. So, let’s discuss what the Lumia 430 brings to the table and how it’s different from its siblings with a quick pictorial tour.
The Microsoft Lumia 430 is a compact device and can be used easily with a single hand as it’s built around a 4-inch display, similar to the likes of the Lumia 520.
The 4-inch display on the smartphone sports a resolution of 800 x 480 pixels and offers good colours, though the text isn’t as sharp due to lower pixel density (235ppi).
In terms of the design attributes, the device looks similar to most Lumia phones, which are available in multiple colour choices. However, unlike some Lumia phones, the Lumia 430 doesn’t have a transparent layer on top of the body, around its edge or the back.
The rear panel extends along the edges and features a matte finish to ensure a good grip. You’ll also find a primary camera along with speaker grille further below at the back.
Removing the back panel exposes the battery compartment as well as a pair of SIM card slots along with a microSD card slot.
The front has considerable amount of bezels around the screen, with the area above display Microsoft logo and holding an earpiece along with a VGA secondary camera, while the area below having a row of navigation keys.
While the left spine is devoid of any elements, the right edge sports both the power key as well as the volume rocker. However, the buttons are recessed and thus aren’t able to offer a tactile feedback when pressed.
The micro-USB slot for charging and data transfers is available at the bottom, while the 3.5 headphone socket lies up top.
Handling the software affairs on the Microsoft Lumia 430 is Windows Phone 8.1. The device’s hardware is also ready for upcoming Windows 10 OS, and it’ll be updated whenever it’s released commercially.
The OS comes with a number of preloaded apps such as Flipkart, Quikr, Redbus and many more. Consumers will also be able to avail various offers such as Rs 1,000 cashback on Mobikwik,and Rs 1,500 worth of discounts on Redbus. Vodafone subscribers will also get 500MB data for free for a period of two months.
Powering the show is the Qualcomm Snapdragon 200 SoC, which offers two cores running at 1.2GHz. The processor is paired with a gigabyte of RAM. In comparison, recent devices such as the Lumia 532 (first impressions) are equipped with quad-core chipsets.
In terms of storage, the phone offers 8GB of memory on board. Users will be able to get around 3.5GB out of it, and they can also slide in a microSD card of up to 128GB to add more storage.
Compared to the 5-megapixel sensor available in its siblings, the Lumia 430 offers a barebones shooter of just 2-megapixels. Interestingly enough, the device also misses on Microsoft (erstwhile Nokia) suite of camera apps and offers the default camera app available on the WP platform.
The dual-SIM smartphone supports 3G on both its slots. Other connectivity options include Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and GPS.
The Microsoft Lumia 430 sips juice from a 1,500mAh battery.
With the Lumia 430, Microsoft is taking a stab at the entry-level segment, which is filled with countless Android options but not many choices running Windows. While it might not offer the best-in-class specs, it’s hoping that consumers are attracted to its offerings thanks to its brand name. However, the specs seem to be largely similar to another handset in the Lumia 4xx series, the Lumia 435, which arrived in India in February and is now available at a similar price point due to price cuts.