Nokia Lumia 630 Dual SIM Price, Specs, Release Date, Photos from The First Microsoft Mobile Devices Event In the Philippines

Microsoft Mobile Devices Philippines - formerly Nokia Philippines - has just launched its newest entry-level smartphone running Windows Phone 8.1 operating system via its landmark first exclusive media event in the country held at Mango Tree Bistro in BGC, Taguig City.

Nokia Lumia 630, Nokia LUmia 630 Philippines, Mark Milan Macanas, Karel Holub
With Nokia Lumia 630 Dual SIM and Mr. Karel Holub, General Manager of Microsoft Philippines' Mobile Devices Business

Nokia Lumia 630, Nokia LUmia 630 Philippines

Priced at only Php 7,990, Nokia Lumia 630 is currently the most affordable handset that runs Microsoft's Windows Phone 8.1 operating system right out of the box. There are two variants of this smartphone -- but the one the Philippines is getting is the Dual SIM Dual Standby version, which I'm sure a lot of young consumers will appreciate.

Nokia Lumia 630, Nokia LUmia 630 Philippines

Windows Phone 8.1 brings a slew of enhancements to Microsoft's mobile OS including an additional column and wallpaper for tiles, support for much-awaited hardware configurations such as Quad Core processors, Dual SIM feature, and microSD card expansion slot, Cortana virtual assistant, improved Microsoft Office applications, updated default camera app, and Internet Explorer 10.

Nokia Lumia 630, Nokia LUmia 630 Philippines

Despite being an entry level release, Nokia Lumia 630 Dual SIM comes replete with decent features and internal specifications. On the outside, the handset flaunts a 4.5-inch IPS LCD FWVGA 854 X480 pixels Nokia Clear Black display underneath scratch-resistant Gorilla Glass 3 touchscreen, a sole 5 MegaPixel camera at the back with support for Cinemagraph, Panorama, Smart Camera, and Nokia Glam Me, and a 720p HD 30fps video recorder.

Nokia Lumia 630, Nokia LUmia 630 Philippines

Inside the shell, the phone runs on a Quad Core 1.2 GHz ARM Cortex A7 CPU and Adreno 305 GPU based Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 chipset, has 512 MB of RAM, and 8 GB of ROM that can be expanded via microSD card slot - a first for a Lumia phone - supporting up to 128 GB.

Nokia Lumia 630, Nokia LUmia 630 Philippines

The device is powered by a removable 1,830 mAh Li-Ion battery pack delivering up to a whopping 648 hours of standby and around a whole day of uptime with mixed usage. As for connectivity, Nokia Lumia 630 Dual SIM supports WiFi, Bluetooth, and 3G HSPA+.

Nokia Lumia 630, Nokia LUmia 630 Philippines

As I've shared, the phone comes with swappable back covers that are available in a variety of youthful and fun hues; Off hand, my favorite are Bright Orange and Bright Yellow. But you can also get them in Black, White, and Bright Green.

Nokia Lumia 630, Nokia LUmia 630 Philippines

Windows Phone 8.1 smartly displays your two SIM card accounts separately, labeling them 1 and 2, as well as highlighting each with different colors. There's also a section in the Settings where you can easily choose which SIM to use for 3G connectivity and which one you'd like to save a contact to or use to make calls and send text messages.

Nokia Lumia 630, Nokia LUmia 630 Philippines

During the event, we also met representatives from WP8.1 app dev teams from the Philippines, namely, GrabTaxi, AirAsia, and GCash. They told us that one thing that they like about making and managing apps for the platform is that Microsoft is very hands on as a partner and is highly proactive in helping them create the best version of their app that they can possibly come up with for the Windows Phone 8.1 platform.

Nokia Lumia 630 Apps, Nokia Lumia 630 Philippines
You can download all of these applications for free via Microsoft Marketplace.

TP Friends, during my conversation with him after the event, Mr. Karel Holub told me that Microsoft Mobile Devices intends to officially make Nokia Lumia 630 available to all Pinoy consumers across the country come the latter part of May 2014. Yup, it's definitely landing here within this month! He also told me, "Mark, I think the young Pinoy consumers will definitely fall in love with Nokia Lumia 630. Its vibrant colors represent their upbeat personality and I'm sure they'll enjoy using Windows Phone 8.1 on this affordable device!" I completely agree!

TechPinas Smartphone Technical Specs Table (TSTST)
Name Nokia Lumia 630
Type Slate Form Factor (Full Touchscreen), Dual SIM Dual Standby
Price Category Entry Level
Dimensions129.5 x 66.7 x 9.2 mm, 78.5 cc
Weight 134 grams
Available Colors White, Black, Bright Orange, Bright Green, Bright Yellow
Operating System Windows Phone 8.1
Display 4.5 inches (~218 ppi pixel density), 480 x 854 pixels, IPS LCD, Nokia Clear Black display, capacitive touchscreen, 16M colors
Processor Quad Core 1.2 GHz ARM Cortex A7 CPU, Adreno 305 GPU, Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 chipset
RAM 512 MB of RAM
Internal Storage 8 GB, expandable via microSD card slot supporting up to 128 GB
Camera 5 MegaPixels, 2592 х 1944 pixels, autofocus, no LED flash, No front camera
Video Capture HD 720p 30 frames per second
Audio and Video Playback MP3, WAV, eAAC+, WMA, MP4, H.264, H.263, WMV player
Ports microUSB v2.0, 3.5 mm audio jack
Connectivity Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n, Wi-Fi Direct, DLNA, Wi-Fi Hotspot, Bluetooth v4.0 with A2DP, EDR, 3G HSDPA, 21 Mbps; HSUPA, 5.76 Mbps
GPS Yes, with GLONASS and A-GPS
Sensors Accelerometer, Proximity
Network 2G Network GSM 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900, 3G Network HSDPA 900 / 2100
SIM Card Type Dual microSIM
Battery Removable Li-Ion 1,830 mAh battery
Uptime Standy: 648 Hours
Talk Time: 16 Hours, 20 Minutes
Music Play: 58 Hours
Value-Added Features WP 8.1 out of the box, Swappable Back Covers
Announcement Philippines: May 13, 2014
Availability Late May 2014
Price Official SRP: Php 7,990

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