As the Kenyan market continue to expect more low-cost smartphones to come in the year, Microsoft has today (February 25, 2015) officially introduced its most affordable devices yet, the Lumia 435 and Lumia 532.
Promising to offer first-time smartphone users the Lumia experience, Kenyans will need to part with KSh 10,200 for the Microsoft Lumia 435 and 11, 750 for the Lumia 532, both running on the Windows phone 8.1 platform.
Built to succeed the Lumia 530, Microsoft Lumia 532 runs on 1.2 GHz quad-core snapdragon processor and comes with more memory at 8GB and 30GB free on OneDrive as well as an expandable memory option of up to 128GB through a micro SD card.
With the Nokia HERE maps recently introduced, the two Lumia devices come with the global maps application already pre-installed, as well as the HERE drive+ that is also available at not cost.
The Lumia 435 on the other hand, runs on 1.2 GHz dual core processor, features the same memory as that of the Lumia 532 and comes in the Dual SIM variant just like the 532.
Purchasing the low-cost smartphones however, comes with a few of its challenges since as Lumia users continue to enjoy taking better selfies with their high-end devices, these two new Lumias have a VGA front facing camera with a back camera of 5MP for the 532 and 2MP for the Lumia 435.
The two have been made available for purchase in the country in two colours, black and white, and there is more good news for those wanting to make purchases for the Lumia devices on the online platform as they will even part with a lesser amount of cash.
Through a partnership with Jumia Kenya, Microsoft are for the first time going to make their Lumia devices available for purchase through the platform at a lower price such as KSh 8,699 for the Lumia 435.
The agreement expects to provide access of the Lumia phones to a wider audience, as it is Microsoft’s aim to reach out to large numbers. “The Microsoft Lumia 435 and 532 show our commitment to bring Windows smartphones to as many people as possible,” says Patrick Henchie of Microsoft, Sub-Saharan Africa.
Following the collaboration with Jumia, Kenyans will be able to purchase even the earlier phones from Microsoft, including the first device to carry the Microsoft brand, the Lumia 535 as well as the feature phones from Nokia.