MICROSOFT DEVICES ANNOUNCED on Tuesday that the Nokia Lumia 630 will go on sale in the UK next week, challenging Motorola's Moto E with a price of £89.95.
Microsoft, which now owns Nokia's devices business, said that the Lumia 630 will be the first Windows Phone 8.1 device to arrive in the UK. It will start shipping on 29 May, priced at just £89.95 SIM-free.
The Lumia 630 will be available through Carphone Warehouse, EE, O2, Tesco and Amazon. It will be offered in a number of colours - orange, yellow, green, black and white.
Microsoft Devices VP for the UK and Ireland Conor Pierce said, "The Nokia Lumia 630 offers great apps and high-end technology, which all run seamlessly under the beautiful Windows Phone 8.1 interface. This is a great product for our customers, providing a premium experience at an affordable price point."
"In our opinion, this is the best smartphone in its price range on the market today," Pierce added, taking a dig at Motorola.
The Nokia Lumia 630 has a 4.5in 854x480 resolution touchscreen, a quad-core 1.2GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 processor with 512MB of RAM, 8GB of internal storage expandable up to 128GB via microSD card, and a 5MP rear-facing camera.
It also runs Microsoft's Windows Phone 8.1 mobile operating system, with customisable Live Tile wallpapers, a Notifications menu and a Swype-like keyboard called Wordflow.
The Nokia Lumia 630 was unveiled alongside the flagship Nokia Lumia 930 handset, which will go on sale in July priced at £525. µ