There have been some low-cost Lumia handsets in the past, but Microsoft has outdone itself with the launch of the Lumia 430.
The budget friendly handset costs just $70 (before taxes). Of course, there is a trade-off. The Lumia 430 packs a 4-inch WVGA display, a 1.2GHz dual-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 200 processor, 1GB RAM, and 8GB storage, though this can be expanded with a microSD card.
The camera is also a back-to-basics feature. It has a 2 megapixel camera on the rear and a VGA 0.3 megapixel camera up front. It also has a relatively modest 1500 mAh battery.
The Lumia 430 is one of the most affordable handsets on the market, though. To put its price in context, you could buy nine of them for the same price as the iPhone 6. That would certainly get you through the week.
Microsoft will release the Lumia 430 in certain emerging markets in April. The company hasn’t announced if it will get a more widespread release. Those waiting on a high end Windows Phone will have to wait a while longer. Microsoft has said that it won’t be launching a new flagship until the arrival of Windows 10.