Yesterday in Lagos, the Lumia 630 Dual SIM was launched for the Nigerian market and I was present at the event. On arrival, my first point of call was the display stand where units of the 630 were available to play with. The Lumia 630 is the first Windows Phone smartphone to offer dual SIM functionality, so it is a milestone for the platform. You can use two SIMs on the device. Both SIMs are active simultaneously. SIM type for both slots is micro-SIM.
With a 4.5-inch display, the Lumia 630 is a very compact device. It is at the lower end of my sweet spot and feels very comfortable in the hand. The display is quite nice too, with ClearBlack technology helping to keep the 854 x 480 pixel LCD display punchy. Gorilla Glass 3 is here too, offering up-to-date protection for the display.
The 630 Dual SIM runs the very latest version of Windows Phone – version 8.1. That means that goodies such as action area, parallax background, intelligent email, better web browser, and swipe text entry, among others, are all there. There is an internal storage of 8GB, with support for SD cards of up to 128GB in size.
One of the units that I played with had 40GB of songs on a memory card, and the Lumia 630 accessed and played back those songs without any lags in interaction. Flipping through songs and albums was smooth. Switching through apps on the phone too was surprisingly breezy. With a 1.2GHz quad core Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 processor, this performance is perhaps not strange. But it should allay the fears that some have about the device having just 512 MB of RAM. Windows Phone OS has been proven to run very well on 512 MB of RAM. This is very different from the often limiting experience of 512 MB RAM on Android OS.
I didn’t have the time to play with the camera as I would have loved to, but the single shot that I took suggests an impressive performance for a 5 megapixel shooter. I will have more details on camera performance and other features in my full review.
What makes the Lumia 630 even more impressive is the price point. Yes; as earlier hinted, it has been confirmed that the Lumia 630 is a sub-N30,000 smartphone. In an exclusive chat that I had with Nick Imudia, MD of Microsoft Mobile West and Central Africa, he said the phone will retail for between N25,000 and N30,000. Of course, Nick was delighted to know that of the over 100 phones I have owned, 32 of them were Nokias. Details of our meeting and chat will be published later in the day, so stick around.
The Lumia 630 is available right away in stores across Nigeria.
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