The Lumia 435 is the most affordable Lumia ever, in terms of initial pricing (although you can grab a Lumia 520 these days for around $30). Unlike the age of low-cost Lumias under Nokia’s supervision, the Lumia 435 actually has some pretty impressive internals for a ultra-budget phone. The Lumia 435 comes with 1 GB of RAM and 8 GBs of on-board storage and a front facing camera (although it’s a VGA camera so it barely counts), to put that in preservative, the Lumia 630 (which is essentially 2 tiers up), launched under Nokia with only 512 MBs of RAM and no front facing camera.
Here’s our unboxing and first impressions of the little Lumia:
Interestingly the Lumia 435 comes with physical Windows navigation keys, something has become mostly mid/high-end exclusive for Lumias. The reasoning behind this is that the Lumia 435 is said to have replaced a cancelled Nokia X phone, which of course used physical navigation keys. Rumors claim that Microsoft simply re-purposed the cancelled X design into an ultra-affordable Lumia; which does make sense, seeing that if the Lumias could reach this low on the price range there would be essentially no need for the X platform.