With the takeover of Nokia's mobile division by Microsoft now complete, the company is gearing up for the launch of its first handset following the merger. The budget Windows Phone 8.1 smartphone, is rolling out first in Asia this week, and will be closely followed in North America and Europe in the near future, although no specific availability dates have been confirmed yet.
Despite its relatively modest price of around $159, the Lumia 630 is a surprisingly powerful device, featuring a quad-core Snapdragon 400 processor running at 1.2GHz, 8GB of internal storage (upgradable by an additional 128GB via microSD card) and a 4.5 inch LCD touch screen. If the device falls down in any area, it's the fact that it comes with just 512MB of RAM, however that shouldn't prove to be too big a stumbling block given its attactive price and the fact that it's not being targetted at high end smartphone users.
The handset is capable of recording video at up to 720p/30fps, while its primary rear facing camera boasts a 5 megapixel sensor.The Lumia 630 will be available at launch in a range of colours, as is Nokia's policy, with yellow, green, orange, white and black options offered.
While it's not going to trouble more expensive high-end devices, it certainly looks as though there's a lot to recommend about the handset, and we're looking forward to getting our hands on one when it rolls out here.