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Nokia’s devices and services division, now officially part of Microsoftunveiled the Lumia 630 Windows Phone at their developer conference at San Francisco. This low end Windows Phone, which will cater to the budget customer, has a number of firsts and even a last, in terms of features. It is the first Windows Phone 8.1 device to be launched into the market, it is the first Dual SIM Windows Phone, it is the first Windows Phone with a quad core Snapdragon 400 chip and also the first one to support on-screen navigation buttons. But, having launched before April 25th, this, along with the Lumia 930, will be the last Windows Phones with a “Nokia” brand on them. Sporting a price tag of Rs. 11,500, the successor to the yesteryear Lumia 620 sports a bigger screen, with roughly the same resolution, undercuts it by a couple of thousands, but loses the LED flash and goes for a cheaper bill of materials (referred to as BoM from here on) generally. With the RAM staying at 512 MB, does the Lumia 630 Dual SIM Windows Phone strike a good balance between price and specifications in this crucial segment? Lets find out in our full review.

The Lumia 630 is designed to look just like the successor of the 620, carrying forward the curved corners and a flat look at the front, with sizable bezels. The bezels, despite losing the capacitive touch buttons, are proportionately the same size, which frankly waste a lot of space

Right above the 4.5″ display is the ear piece and hidden beneath the bezel is a proximity sensor. Surprisingly, there is no ambient light sensor on the device, so automatic brightness is a non-feature here.

Highlights of Windows Phone 8.1

  • Action center – Notifications center on Windows Phone, finally!
  • Cortana – Highly personal digital voice assistant
  • Start screen wallpapers – Parallax scrolling for the wallpapers
  • Lock screen themes – Make your own lock screen animations or use presets
  • Word Flow keyboard – Like Swype, but Microsoft claims it is faster
  • Skype integration to dialer
  • New default apps – Calendar, Xbox Music, Video and new Podcasts
  • People Hub can integrate with 3rd party apps
  • New type of e-mail accounts supported – including iCloud
  • New camera UI and gallery app
  • New utilities – WiFi sense, Storage sense and Battery saver
  • New enterprise features and a lot more
  • Lastly, a new file manager to help manage local files

These are only the highlights of the operating system, if you really want to get to know about it more, wait for our review in the coming days, or here is a long video featuring Joe Belfiore, explaining all the important features –