A lot of phones have reached Malaysia lately and Nokia (or Microsoft Mobile? Let’s stick to Nokia  first) has just make Nokia Lumia 630 official in Malaysia with a retail price of RM549, which is an affordable price tag. Nokia Lumia 630 comes with a lot of ‘first’. It is the first Windows Phone with Dual Sim supported and it is the first phone to run the latest official Windows Phone 8.1 along the Nokia Cyan update. To know more about the Windows Phone 8.1 you can read my impression on Windows Phone 8.1 Developer Preview loaded on my Lumia 620.

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Before we go into the specifications, I would like to share that actually Nokia Lumia 630 has 3 variants, namely Nokia Lumia 630, Nokia Lumia 630 Dual Sim and Nokia Lumia 635. All specs are similar across these 3 variants except the connectivity option. Lumia 630 is a single-sim model and Lumia 630 Dual Sim can support 2 sims, as its name suggests. For Lumia 635, it is a single sim model that can support 4G LTE network while the other 2 can support up to 3G only. Make sure you are clear of which model you’re interested before you buy it. There’s no confirmation from Nokia Malaysia whether the single-sim and LTE version will come here or not.

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Nokia Lumia 63o houses a quad-core 1.2GHz Snapdragon 400 processor with 512MB of RAM. As Windows Phone is famous for its smoothness even on low-end devices, the hardware should be able to let you have a good software experience. 512MB of RAM means that you cannot run certain power-demanding apps but stay assured these apps are very limited and for me it is not very annoying. For storage, it has 8GB of internal storage and supports micro SD expansion up to 128GB and since you can install apps on SD cards in WP8.1, the memory is not an issue. It has a 1830mAh removable battery and I guess whole day battery life can be achieved easily.

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For the externals, it has a 4.5″ IPS LCD display with 854×480 resolution, covered by Gorilla Glass 3. That makes up 221 pixel per inch. The design itself is what you expect from a Nokia Lumia product and I like it a lot. Colorful, bold and simple. There are actually 5 colors, orange, green, yellow, white and black. Sadly we only have the last 3 in Malaysia. You can change the color later as the back is replaceable. The dimension of the phone is 129.5×66.7×9.2 mm and it weighs 134g.

There are a lot of things missing here if compared to a usual Lumia phone. The most important thing to be noted is that it only has on screen button. The capacitive hardware keys, along with the camera shutter is not found here anymore. It has a 5MP rear camera with no flash. There is no front facing camera too. The ambient sensors and proximity sensors are gone too.

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For software it is running the latest WP8.1 as mentioned and Microsoft did some nice effort on making the dual sim configuration easier to use. You can click here to learn more about how the device manage the dual sim settings and how you use them. Nokia added in SensorCore, which allows the motion of the phone to be detected constantly without consuming large amount of power. Through this you can use Lumia 630 to work as fitness tracker through apps like Health & Fitness.

For RM549, it is not a bad deal if you want a dual-sim Windows Phone. A lot of things have been sacrificed to make up for the low price. So you need to have an idea of what you must have then only you can decide is this phone suitable for you. For me, the omission of physical camera shutter is not a wise choice and I would like to trade it for the SensorCore, which I don’t see it very useful yet for the current time. Nevertheless, this is still a very solid Windows Phone and if you are seeking for a cheap yet useful phone, this is not a bad choice.