Microsoft Launches Affordable Lumia 430 Dual SIM


The new Lumia 430 Dual SIM is the latest addition to Microsoft’s affordable range of smartphones.

Expected to retail for $70, the Windows Phone 8.1-based handset will be the most affordable Lumia on the market when it’s released next month, with the promise of an upgrade to Windows 10, Microsoft said.

Built with a dual-core, 1.2GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon processor, the Lumia 430 Dual SIM comes pre-loaded with Microsoft Office, Skype, and up to 30GB of free OneDrive storage. It also sports 8GB of onboard storage, with the option to add a MicroSD card for up to 128GB.

“People around the world have responded enthusiastically to our affordable Lumia range. We continue to invest in this segment to ensure that as many people as possible can enjoy signature Microsoft experiences, regardless of budget,” Jo Harlow, corporate vice president of Microsoft Phones, said in a statement.

Redmond’s low-cost smartphone portfolio now spans a range of prices and capabilities, from the Lumia 435 with Lumia Camera ($81) to the upcoming Lumia 640 and Lumia 640 XL ($155-$245), which come with a one-year subscription to Office 365 Personal.

The latest addition, the Lumia 430 Dual SIM, features a 4-inch WVGA display and Smart Dual SIM technology, which allows users to assign unique profiles to SIM cards to manage daily communication.

“The Lumia 430 Dual SIM continues our commitment to combining the right hardware, software, services, and apps with the right price to give people a smartphone they can afford and be proud to use,” Harlow said.

Available next month in bright orange or black, the smartphone will roll out to select markets in the Middle East, Africa, Asia-Pacific, Russia, Kazakhstan, Belarus, and India. Microsoft did not say if or when the phone would be sold in North American or other European markets.