T-Mobile is the first carrier in the United States that offers an exact release date for one of the new Windows Phone 8.1 handsets that have been announced by Microsoft earlier this year.Nokia Lumia 635 is the first smartphone with Windows Phone 8.1 to be released by T-Mobile. The carrier announced that the device will be available from July 5 on its Home Shopping Network to Simple Choice prepaid customers.
Starting July 9, Lumia 635 will be available at $0 down and $7 (€5) per month for 24 months with a postpaid T-Mobile Simple Choice plan.
Aside from T-Mobile, MetroPCS carrier will also offer the Lumia 635 beginning July 18 for a promotional price of just $99 (€72) outright through its online and brick and mortar stores. Obviously, the smartphone will be available at participating T-Mobile stores across the country starting July 16.
“The Lumia 635 represents the next stage in the evolution of both the Windows Phone OS and the best-selling Lumia 521. The Lumia 635’s advanced features, functionality and design – combined with its amazing price point – make this an absolutely screaming deal.
“And, once again, the Un-carrier is first out of the gate, offering up the Lumia 635 weeks before the other guys through both T-Mobile and MetroPCS,” said Jason Young, senior vice president, Marketing for T-Mobile.
The successor to the popular Nokia Lumia 512, the Lumia 635 will ship with Windows Phone 8.1 operating system right out from the box.
The smartphone sports a 4.5-inch IPS LCD capacitive touchscreen display that supports 480 x 854 pixels resolution and features Corning Gorilla Glass 3 coating.
When it comes to hardware, the Lumia 635 looks pretty decent. The device is equipped with a 1.2GHz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 processor, an Adreno 305 graphics processing unit and 512MB of RAM The fact that it only comes with 512MB of RAM is one of the few downsides of the Lumia 635.
Other highlights of the phone include a 5-megapixel rear-facing camera, 8GB of internal memory, microSD card slot for storage expansion (up to 128GB) and an 1830 mAh battery. Keep in mind that the Lumia 635 lacks a secondary front-facing camera for video calls.
“With high-end features, hundreds of thousands of apps available through the Windows Store plus the latest Windows Phone 8.1 experience and Cortana, the Lumia 635 is undoubtedly one of the best affordable smartphone available today,” said Matt Rothschild, Head of North America Sales, Microsoft Mobile Devices.