Microsoft is taking big steps to gain a firm position in the smartphone industry. The company yesterday 19th March 2015, announced a very cheap smartphone called Microsoft Lumia 430 with a price tag of just $70 (14,000 Naira). This move is directed specifically to emerging markets with low income earners as the phone has almost all the capabilities of more expensive smartphones. It is dual-SIM enabled and will be released in India, Africa, Asia-Pacific, Russia, Kazakhstan, Belarus and the Middle East in April 2015 with black and orange color options.
The specs of the phone are on the low end but highly adequate for a $70 device. The phone uses a Qualcomm Snapdragon 200 chipset with a 1.2 GHz dual-core processor and has 1GB of RAM, which should enable most applications run smoothly.
The phone is more like a higher version of the Microsoft Lumia 530. It has a 4-inch, 800 x 480 LCD touchscreen, with a ppi of 235. Its internal memory is an impressive 8 GB and there is also a 128 GB capacity microSD card slot. Unlike the Lumia 530 it has a front camera (0.3 MP VGA model) and its rear camera is 2 MP.
For connectivity, it has 3G, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and also comes with 30 GB OneDrive free cloud storage. It uses a Li-Ion 1500 mAh battery with up to 720 hours 2G/3G standby time. This phone is a very nice option for those who want a good smartphone but have low budgets.