On April 25th Microsoft closed its acquisition of Nokia’s devices and services business. Roughly two months after the deal was closed the company has launched its very first smartphone, one that had made the rounds in the rumor mill quite a few times. The Nokia Lumia 630 was launched in India today. Two variants will be sold, a single-SIM and a double-SIM. Lumia 630 will be the first dual-SIM Lumia handset to hit the market.
This smartphone was first announced at the company’s BUILD conference in April. It has a 4.5-inch IPS ClearBlack display with 854×480 pixel resolution. Under the hood there’s a Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 quadcore processor clocked at 1.2GHz coupled with 512MB of RAM. A microSD card slot and 5 megapixel rear camera sans flash are also present.
The smartphone is going to hit shelves in India on May 16th. Dual-SIM will make it a compelling product given that it has been initially launched in a market where customers often want to run two SIMs simultaneously. Lumia 630 features Smart Dual-SIM which provides users with two separate phone and messaging tiles in different colors to keep messages, calls, contacts and calendars of each SIM separate.
It is unclear if and when Microsoft is going to release it in other markets. Presumably it will keep the focus on emerging markets with this particular model, which runs Windows Phone 8.1 out of the box.