On Thursday, T-Mobile announced that they are planning to launch the Microsoft Lumia 635 in early July. This will be the first Windows Phone 8.1 device to be available through the carrier.
T-Mobile explained that the Lumia 635 would first be made available through the Home Shopping Network on July 5. The device would be sold prepaid through this channel. Afterwards, consumers will be able to purchase the smartphone from the T-Mobile website on contract. The Lumia 635 will be available for $0 upfront and $7 per month over 24 months. ‘
The carrier also stated that the Microsoft Lumia 635 will be available in T-Mobile stores as of July 16. For slightly more patient customers, T-Mobile will offer the device prepaid online and through selected MetroPCS stores for $99 commencing July 18.
As a relatively cheap smartphone compared to iOS and Android competitors, the specs of the device aren’t really mind blowing, rather they’re pretty anemic. The Lumia 635 features a 4.5 inch 854 X 480 display. Under the hood, the device features a Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 processor clocked at 1.2 GHz, 512MB of RAM and 8 GB of internal storage that is expandable. The Lumia 635 also features a 5 megapixel back facing camera.
The Microsoft Lumia 635 is being toted as the successor to the Lumia 521, a reasonably popular Windows Phone device because of it’s low price point.
However, the Lumia 635 differentiates itself from it’s predecessor by being the first publicly available smartphone to run on Windows Phone 8.1 since the OS debut in April. The OS was only available to developers up until now. With that in mind, T-Mobile has stated that the OS will be made available to download over the air to current Lumia 521 and Lumia 925 owners some stage later this year.
When asked about the Lumia 930 which is considered Nokia’s flaghship device, a spokesperson for T-Mobile said, “We don’t have anything to share about the Lumia 930.” Given that T-Mobile is going to carry the Lumia 635, it seems likely that the carrier will support the Lumia 930. However, fans will have to wait a little bit longer for that particular smartphone.