Suddenly, everything just became more colorful. This was yesterday’s mantra during the launch of the Lumia 630, Microsoft’s first dual SIM Windows Phone 8.1 smartphone. Philippines is among the first countries that gets a taste of Microsoft’s first dual SIM enabled device.
The new Microsoft device exudes Lumia’s iconic design and matte polycarbonate panels. Its 4.5″ Clearback screen is insanely color-accurate and makes your content still visible even at direct sunlight. The now-defunct, Nokia, is known for introducing Clearblack and had been very successful in marketing it.
The brand-spanking Windows Phone 8.1, pre-installed on the device, offers faster and “customizable” smartphone experience. That’s all thanks to the implementation of improvements from the previous Windows Phone version and software enhancements. One of the best features I’ve seen on the Lumia 630 is Action Centre, Microsoft implementation of Apple’s Notification Center and Android’s Drop-Down Notification Center.
The device also has the new Microsoft Enterprise feature pack, a core component in Windows Phone 8.1, which readies Windows Phone devices perfect for businesses and adds the following features like:
- S/MIME to sign and encrypt email
- Access to corporate resources behind the firewall with app aware, auto-triggered VPN
- Enterprise Wi-Fi support with EAP-TLS
- Enhanced MDM policies to lock down functionality on the phone for more enterprise control, in addition to richer application management such as allowing or denying installation of certain apps
- Certificate management to enroll, update, and revoke certificates for user authentication
Switching from one sim to another is a convenient process on the Lumia 630. The phone’s dual sim management feature helps people manage social life, clearly separating calls and messages to make it cheaper and easier to connect on their own terms.
Announced during the event was Microsoft’s SensorCore, which ultimately converts your phone into a tool for monitoring your health and fitness without using too much battery life.
During the launch, Microsoft Mobile Devices Sales GM, Karel Holub, said, “With high-end technologies and apps, a seamless Widows Phone 8.1 experience and the first ever Dual Sim Lumia empowering people to connect on their terms, we believe the Lumia 630 Dual Sim is undoubtedly the best smartphone in its affordable price range.”
Speaking of price, I was surprised to know that the device will be sold starting May 30, 2014 for only PhP7,990! Available colors are white, black, bright orange, bright yellow and bright green. If you wish to beef up your purchase and make your Lumia 630 experience more engaging, you can get yourself a Nokia MD-12 Bluetooth Speaker valued at PhP7,990.
Lumia 630 Specs:
- Operationg System: Windows Phone 8.1
- Display: 4.5″ FWVGA display, Clearback LCD, Gorilla Glass 3
- Battery: 1830mAh
- Connectivity: 3.5G, WLAN and Bluetooth 4 connectivity
- Processor: 1.2Ghz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 400
- Camera: 5mp Camera w/ HD video recording (no front camera)
- Memory: 512 mb ram, 8gb eMMC with 128gb micro SD card support
- Price: P7,990.