Device reviews
    19 January 2015


    Affordable smartphones from Lumia

    Lumia has announced two spiffy new smartphones, packed with features at a very reasonable price. Here's the lowdown on what to expect.

    Meet the Lumia 435 and the Lumia 532, Microsoft's latest smartphones. Both offer solid features at an attractively low price, and are aimed at people who might be upgrading from a feature phone for the first time. 

    Jo Harlow, corporate vice president for Phones at Microsoft, said: 'With the Lumia 435 and Lumia 532, we’ve realised our goal of creating the most affordable Lumia devices to date, opening up the opportunity to reach those people who are buying a smartphone for the very first time. Lumia 435 and Lumia 532 deliver competitive hardware alongside innovative software that will continue to receive the very latest updates and enhancements, keeping users up-to-date with the best new features.'

    The new handsets are very similar, but the 532 has some advantages over the 435. Both run on Windows 8.1 and have seamless Skype integration and front-facing cameras that make selfies and video chatting snappy. However, the Lumia 435 has a 2MP primary camera while the 532 has a larger 5MP camera. The phones come with Microsoft Office and Outlook pre-installed, as well as OneDrive. This gives you 30GB of cloud storage for backup.

    The Lumia 532 also has a quad-core processor which will make it faster than the 435.

    The Lumia 435, which will be available from Vodacom, is the most affordable Lumia yet and promises to be an attractive offering for consumers looking for good value and a reliable smartphone. The Lumia 532's availability from Vodacom is still to be confirmed, and local prices have not yet been released for either device.