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Nokia Lumia 630 to be unveiled at Microsoft BUILD: Here’s everything we know so far


Nokia is preparing to announce a next-gen mid-ranged in the Lumia series at the Microsoft BUILD Conference on April 2. We have already got a glimpse of the Lumia 630, which will take up the spot about through leaks and it’s touted to run WIndows Phone 8.1, which will also be officially unveiled at BUILD. The Lumia 630 will be the first phone to launch with the new version of the OS, so naturally there’s high excitement for its launch among smartphone watchers and WP fans. Let’s go through some of the specs of the phone, which have emerged through leaks ahead of its launch.

Bigger than Lumia 620
Promo posters for the Nokia Lumia 630 in China showed us some specifications of the phone and it turns out the Lumia 630 will be bigger in display and size than the last-gen 620. However, it’ll still be smaller than the Lumia 625, which saw some success in India. Earlier rumours had suggested that it will have a 4.3-inch display, but it’s been revealed that Nokia is fitting in a 4.5-inch one. However its said to have only a WVGA resolution, which does sound quite low.

Looks pretty much like the Lumia 625

More brute power
While Nokia may have skimped on the display resolution, the Lumia 630 won’t be lacking for power, if the rumours are on the money. It’s been touted to come with a Snapdragon 400 SoC, the same one seen on the Moto G, with four cores ticking likely at 1.2GHz. It’s also about to get 1GB of RAM, which has to become the new standard on Nokia phones even in the low end of the spectrum.

Improved Windows Phone software
As much as we can talk about the hardware of the Lumia 630, the highlight will be the Windows Phone 8.1 software of the supposedly dual-SIM phone. We are talking big changes, such as the notification centre, improved camera interface, animation changes to the homescreen and of course the much-awaited Cortana voice assistant. The update surely puts Windows Phone on par with rivals and could revitalise the race behind Android in the world mobile OS charts. Here’s a leaked video of the phone running the new Windows Phone software


Low-end Camera
Disappointingly, rumours suggest that the Lumia 630 won’t have an LED flash for its 5MP snapper, which sounds criminal to us, if the phone is priced above Rs 15,000, which it may well be. One ore surprise is that there’s no physical shutter key, which was one of the mandatory hardware requirement on WIndows Phone devices that Microsoft eased last year.

Design
The Nokia Lumia 630 will follow pretty much on the lines of the Lumia 625 as far as design is concerned. We get the same rounded curves, and the peppy colours, along with a glossy finish. The phone supposedly measures 129.5 x 66.7mm, making it as tall as the former flagship Lumia 920.

Speculated price
Nokia will reveal the price of the Lumia 630 at BUILD on April 2, but a Chinese retailer says the phone will be priced at 1000 CNY or $160. At that price, the Lumia 630 will take on the likes of the Moto G and the HTC Desire 310, both fairly new in the market. The key for Nokia will be to bring the Lumia 630 to the market as soon as is possible after the announcement. It will ensure that the phone is still on buyers’ minds, and capitalise on the fresh buzz.

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