The Lumia brand has a couple of new additions to compliment the already dizzying array of devices launched in the last year. Those waiting for a new flagship to replace the Lumia 930 will have to wait a bit longer though, as this time it is yet another two low cost devices. The feature set of which device has what is getting fairly complicated, and Microsoft does not seem to have a steady progression of features from lower numbered phones to the higher ones anymore, so we will go through these two new devices and see where they fit in the Lumia stack.

Lumia 435

The first device is the 4” Lumia 435. This is the first Lumia device with a dual-core processor since the Snapdragon S4 powered devices in 2012/2013. In this case, it is the Snapdragon 200 with dual Cortex A7 processors at 1.2 GHz. The goal of this new device seems to be to hit an even lower price point than the 5xx series of phones, so the even lower powered SoC is not a surprise. Graphics are likely the same as the 5xx series with Adreno 302 to drive the 800x480 display. The 435 does come with 1 GB of memory now, so it appears that at least for Lumia phones, 512 MB options will no longer be released which is a good thing. Storage is 8 GB of NAND, plus microSD expansion up to an additional 128 GB. The camera is especially poor on this phone though, with just a 2 MP fixed focus 1/5 inch sensor with f/2.7 aperture. It does come with a front facing camera, although it is a mere 0.3 MP VGA sensor. Although the battery is small at 1560 mAh, it does have 3.8 V chemistry and a claimed battery life of 9.4 hours of Wi-Fi browsing. The 435 comes in green, orange, white, or black with a MSRP of 69 euros. Availability will be in February in “select” countries in Europe, Asia-Pacific, India, the Middle East, and Africa.

  Nokia Lumia 435
SoC MSM8210 1.2 GHz dual-core Cortex A7 Snapdragon 200
Display 4.0” 800x480 LCD
Network GSM/WCDMA up to 42.2 Mbps
Dimensions 118.1 x 64.7 x 11.7 (mm)
Weight 134.1 grams
Camera 2MP rear camera, fixed focus, 1/5" CMOS size, F/2.7 No Flash, VGA FFC
Battery 1560 mAh 3.8 V (5.928 Whr)
OS Windows Phone 8.1 with Denim Firmware
Connectivity 802.11 b/g/n + BT 4.0, USB2.0, MPT, DLNA, FM Radio
Location Technologies Cellular and Wi-Fi network positioning, A-GPS
SIM Size MicroSIM (Dual SIM Optional)


Lumia 532

The next variant is the Lumia 532, which also has a 4” display and the same resolution at 800x480. This is a spec bump over the original 530, with the same quad-core Snapdragon 200 (4xCortex A7 @ 1.2 GHz) but with 1 GB of memory and 8 GB of NAND with microSD expansion up to 128 GB. The original 530 came with just 512 MB of RAM and 4 GB of NAND, both of which are fairly inadequate. The 532 comes with a 5.0 MP fixed focus 1/4 inch camera with f/2.4 aperture. The front facing camera is the same 0.3 MP unit as the 435 with VGA resolution video. The interesting thing on the 532 though is the inclusion of the Glance screen, which is easily my favorite feature on Lumia phones, and has been mostly absent from this year’s lineup with just the Lumia 830 sporting glance for any of the phones released in the last year. This makes it an easy win over the Lumia 530. Colors are once again, orange, green, white, and black, and prices start at 79 euros MSRP and similar availability to the 435.

  Nokia Lumia 532
SoC MSM8212 1.2 GHz quad-core Cortex A7 Snapdragon 200
Display 4.0” 800x480 LCD with Glance Screen
Network GSM/WCDMA up to 42.2 Mbps
Dimensions 118.9 x 65.5 x 11.6 (mm)
Weight 136.3 grams
Camera 5MP rear camera, fixed focus, 1/4" CMOS size, F/2.4 No Flash, VGA FFC
Battery 1560 mAh 3.8 V (5.928 Whr)
OS Windows Phone 8.1 with Denim Firmware
Connectivity 802.11 b/g/n + BT 4.0, USB2.0, MPT, DLNA, FM Radio
Location Technologies Cellular and Wi-Fi network positioning, A-GPS, A-GLONASS
SIM Size MicroSIM (Dual SIM Optional)

While neither of these phones are especially exciting, Microsoft has clearly seen some traction at the low end of the market and they continue to create devices for each market price and segment they are competing in.

The biggest problem though is that they now have a huge number of devices offered, and unfortunately, a very strange feature list. It seems almost random at this point which phone will have which features, and there is no progression through the product range where lower models are a subset of features of their higher priced brethren. Take for example the Lumia 930, which is the current flagship, but has no Glance screen support, but the Lumia 830 and 532 do have Glance support. The Lumia 730/735 have a higher resolution front facing camera, as does the Lumia 535, but the Lumia 830 has a standard front facing camera. The Lumia 630 is missing things like 1 GB of RAM and an ambient light sensor that less expensive models do have.

While I appreciate that Microsoft is creating models for each market they are going after, they seem to be losing some sort of coherency to their naming standards and feature lists. To avoid customer confusion, this is something that is fairly important.

The Lumia brand is new to Microsoft, so we are not sure which of these models were in the Nokia pipeline and have been altered, so it may take a year or so to sort out the basic feature sets. But for now, it is getting a bit confusing.

For those waiting for a higher end Lumia to finally come out of Microsoft, perhaps we may have to wait for Mobile World Congress to get any ideas about that. Stay tuned!

Source: Windows Blog

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  • althaz - Wednesday, January 14, 2015 - link

    Unlike the, IMO, pretty crap Lumia 530, these both look pretty fantastic for the price. A version of the 532 with 4G for a few extra dollars would basically be the perfect low-end phone.
  • Alexvrb - Thursday, January 15, 2015 - link

    The 532 is definitely a well-needed upgrade, if for no other reason than to placate those wanting more RAM. They need a similar replacement for the 63x, and they need a new flagship in the near future.The M8 and Icon/930 are still great, but they will need to be replaced soon.
  • miles_russell - Thursday, February 12, 2015 - link

    I bet Microsoft can do better than this. Lumia 435 and 532 is far from one of the better phones if you ask me! / miles_russell from
  • BMNify - Thursday, January 15, 2015 - link

    This shows that Microsoft is going forward with 1GB RAM even for low end phones, all the 512 MB ones were in the pipeline before the acquisition.
  • Wolfpup - Tuesday, January 20, 2015 - link

    That's interesting, yeah you may be right.

    At any rate this will be a pretty great phone. I've got a 635 as my main phone and own a 520 and a 928, and honestly Windows Phone will run fine on a dual core A7 (even though a quad A9 chokes and dies on Android LOL). It's waaaaaaaaaaay faster than Android.

    I love that Microsoft's doing solid inexpensive phones. I bought my 635 for literally less than 1/11th the dead iPhone 5s it replaced, and it's basically just as good for my purposes.
  • milkod2001 - Thursday, January 15, 2015 - link

    Way too many phones in low end with similar specs and price. Quite confusing to customers. They all look the same. Yesterdays hardware in fancy plastic brick. Huraaay or better not.

    MS should have left Nokia to do its job and concentrate more on mobile OS, find the ways to attract developers and customers. Maybe to start with making mobile OS open source, free to custom.Give user option to freely completely drop the whole tiles and make it to user liking not what MS like.
  • Alexvrb - Sunday, January 18, 2015 - link

    Actually Nokia was the one giving out low-ram spec'd phones in this segment. The 532 was only born after MS purchased Nokia. Otherwise you'd probably be waiting for a 540 to get 1GB of RAM. Anyway they do need to get their butts in gear on a flagship as the new wave of flagship phones is coming. Alternatively get HTC to make an M9 for Windows like they did with the M8, good phone.
  • nikon133 - Tuesday, January 20, 2015 - link

    Too many phones in general. Series 4, 5, 6, 7, 8 ,9, 10... some of them having more than 1 model in production. Not to mention some EOL models still sitting in shops.

    Personally I think they should focus on:

    One entry level, 4 - 4.5", 2 cores, 800x... res, 1GB/8GB mem/storage + SD, 5MP/0.3MP cameras

    One mid-range, 4.7-5", 4 cores (entry/mid range), 1280x... res, 1GB/16GB mem/storage + SD, 8MP/1MP cameras

    One high-end, 5", 4 cores (high end), 1080p or more, 2GB/32GB mem/storage + SD, 16+MP/2+MP cameras

    One phablet, 6", 4 or more cores high-end, highest available res, 2GB/64GB mem/storage + SD, 20+MP/5+MP cameras

    All phones (except maybe low end... but even that one) should have "Lumia DNA" - wireless charging, NFC, colour options... I don't think these options are too pricey nowadays, and they would make some production costs cuts if they streamline 10 different models down to 4...

    And instead of re-releasing same models with some tweaks, they could focus on designing accessories for those phones - ideally universal. Wireless chargers, NFC speakers etc. etc. Enrich ecosystem instead of keeping it shallow yet oversaturated on handsets side.
  • AlluringRaja - Wednesday, January 21, 2015 - link

    My friend Microsoft is giving 5mp front camera for low end. So if they give 2mp front camera as you said will be a downgrade. I expect minimum 8 mp for above $300-350 dollars and 8 with flash for above $500
  • TT Masterzz - Thursday, January 15, 2015 - link

    Chinese manufacturers like Xiaomi etc for a few extra dollars provide much better specs imo.

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