When Microsoft unveiled its new flagship Microsoft Lumia smartphones with Windows 10 during a media event in October 2015, everyone wanted the almighty $649 Lumia 950 XL or at least the $549 Lumia 950. However, the prize can be a little too high for some people.
Luckily Bill Gates’ company thought of that too and produced lower-end models like Lumia 435, Lumia 430, Lumia 535 and Lumia 532 to dive into Windows 10. These phones come with incredibly affordable prices that don’t even surpass the $100 barrier.
There is a lot of competition in the high-end market, but Lumia clearly dominates the budget market. These are the best Windows 10 budget phones out there.
Lumia 435 (sit tight) for only $50
Launched in January 2015 for $95 in the United States it is the cheapest Lumia of them all as the smartphone is now available at Walmart for just $49.88 with a T-Mobile connection. It is unknown whether this fantastic price is an only a promotional offer or a permanent change but carpe diem while it lasts.
The Lumia 435 natively runs Windows Phone 8.1, instead of Windows 10 Mobile, as it came out before Microsoft’s new operating system. But, Microsoft has made available the upgrade for all supported smartphones. So nothing to worry about here.
The 435 model includes a 4.0-inch display size, a 1.2GHz dual-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 200 processor 1GB of RAM, 8 GB of storage, a 2-megapixel rear camera, a VGA front camera, and withstands LTE and HSPA networks.
Lumia 430 for $65
Released by Microsoft in March 2015, it’s the most affordable Lumia yet on launching day with an unbelievably cheap $65 price tag. The Lumia 430 can also be upgraded to Windows 10 Mobile and withstands GSM and HSPA networks.
The Microsoft Lumia 430, which supports dual Micro-SIM cards, offers Lumia Denim and Lumia Selfie out of the box along all of Microsoft services from Office to Outlook and Skype. Users can download more apps from the Windows Phone Store. The 430 also comes with 30GB of free OneDrive cloud storage.
The smartphone has a 1500 mAh replaceable battery, measures 120.5 x 63.2 x 10.6 mm and weighs 127.9 g. It features a 4.0-inch display size, a 540×960 pixels resolution and comes with Corning Gorilla Glass 3 protection. The 430 model also sports both a 2-megapixel fixed focus rear camera and a 0.3-megapixel front camera.
Powered by a 1.2GHz dual-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 200 processor, the Lumia has 1GB of RAM and Adreno 302 GPU. It has 8GB of storage and up to 128GB with a microSD card, sports both a 2-megapixel fixed focus rear camera and a 0.3-megapixel front camera, and comes in black or orange.
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Lumia 532 for $90
The rumor has it that this phone is based on the canceled Nokia X family designs. Microsoft released the Lumia 532 in January 2015 with a $90 price tag. It can also run on Windows 10.
The Lumia, which has single-SIM and dual-SIM versions, features a 4.0-inch display, 800×480 pixels resolution, 1560 mAh replaceable battery, 5-megapixel fixed focus rear camera and a 0.3-megapixel front camera.
Powered by a 1.2GHz dual-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 200 processor, the Lumia has 1GB of RAM. It has 8GB of storage and up to 128GB with a microSD card. The 532 model comes in orange and green.
Lumia 535 for $95
The oldest in the group, premiering back in December 2014, it was the first Microsoft-branded phone after its acquisition of Nokia’s mobile phone business. It debuted with a $95 bargain price. The Lumia 535 can be upgraded to Windows 10 Mobile and withstands GSM and HSPA networks.
The handset features a 5.0-inch display, a 540×960 pixels resolution and comes with Corning Gorilla Glass 3 protection. The smartphone has a 1905 mAh replaceable battery, measures 140.2 x 72.4 x 8.8 mm and weighs 146g. The 430 model also sports a WideAngle front camera and a LED rear camera.
Powered by a 1.2GHz dual-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 200 processor, the Lumia has 1GB of RAM, 8GB of storage and Adreno 302 GPU. Customers can have the model in orange, green, white, black, gray, and blue.