Specs summary

Screen
4"

The Microsoft Lumia 435's screen is 4 inches with 480 x 800 pixels resolution.

Processor
1.2GHz

There is a Qualcomm Snapdragon 200 Dual core 1.2 GHz processor (CPU).

OS

The phone runs on the Windows Phone 8.1 operating system (OS).

Camera
2+ MP

You can take photos or capture video with the phone's onboard 2+ megapixel camera.

There is also a secondary front facing camera with VGA (640 x 480) resolution.

Storage
8 GB

Internal memory is 8 GB. An external, MicroSD, MicroSDHC, microSDXC (up to 128 GB) expansion slot is available for increased storage capacity.

Battery
1560mAh

The phone is powered by a Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion), 1560 mAh battery. Microsoft's performance ratings are 21 days standby time, 1254 minutes (2G), 702 minutes (3G), 564 minutes Wi-Fi surfing.



The Lumia 435 is setting a new bar for the entry level Windows Phone, and it's done pretty well for itself.

- Richard Devine , WPCentral 

Reviews summary

6.7/10AVG.
RATING
Based on 12 reviews

What's good  

  • Affordable price tag
  • Good battery life
  • Cortana support
  • Front facing camera inclusion
  • Good sunlight legibility

What's bad  

  • Limited onboard storage
  • Poor main camera quality
  • Stutters and lag during processor intensive apps
  • No multi-tasking
  • Low res screen

The Lumia line has its share of budget phones, but the Lumia 435 takes the cake as one of the cheapest. The low price tag is meant to lure in people those who would normally buy a feature phone due to their lower costs. It sports the same bright color options as the rest of the line though it is fairly thick at 0.5 inches and weighs quite a bit (134 grams) considering its overall size of 4.6 x 2.6 inches. Despite this, experts were surprised how comfortable it was to hold, though some did find the edges too sharp for their tastes. They also point out that while it might be a budget phone it had a solid build quality and did not creak or flex under pressure.

With that said the low price tag means Microsoft did need to cut some corners in terms of specs, most notably the screen. With no Gorilla Glass protection the screen will be more likely to crack or shatter when dropped. After short usage sessions, critics noticed the screen was covered in fingerprints and smudges making it necessary for them to wipe quite often. At four inches, it is much smaller than many other smartphones in its price range and yet it only offers a resolution of 480 x 800 for a pixel density of 233ppi. Since it is does not even offer HD resolution, it is no surprise critics noticed lack of details in pictures, fuzziness around icons and less than vibrant colors. Luckily, they found the overall sunlight legibility to be good enough though viewing angles were less than stellar with light levels and colors fading away when viewed in any direction besides straight on.

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It should come as no surprise that the internal specs are fairly basic: a dual core 1.2GHz quad-core processor and 1GB of RAM. For the most part critics only had the occasional lag when swiping through the homepage and opening apps. The problem became more severe once they started playing 3D games making many of the newer games practically unplayable. It also only comes with 8GB of internal storage though it does offer a microSD slot and it does not support 4G. The small 1,560mAh battery lasted reviewers around 16-hours with moderate usage thanks to the lower powered screen and processor. As an added bonus, the battery is also removable so you can carry spare charged batteries for those times you know you won't be near a charger and outlet. While the phone might be low on specs, it does support Cortana – Microsoft's voice assistant – as well as the standard Microsoft apps of Office, OneDrive and OneNote.

Like the rest of the phone, the 2MP rear camera is unimpressive. The fact it is fixed focus also disappointed many critics as most of their pictures turned out blurry and lacked fine detail even in good lighting situations. Still, they add the pictures did have decent color reproduction and dynamic range. While it does not come with a flash, the 435 does add a 0.3MP front camera, a rarity among budget smartphones, for selfies and video calls.

Although long-time smartphone users won't give the Lumia 435 a second-glance, these aren't the people Microsoft is targeting. Instead, it is meant to attract first time owners. In that respect, reviewers believe the 435 is successful in its goal. ZDNet states, "Cheap the Lumia 435 is, but throw-away it is not…" All About Windows Phones adds, "…the 435 claims the bottom line of the Lumia stack with a vengeance…"


Reviews (6.7/10 Avg. rating)


TechRadar

A different breed of Windows Phone

from TechRadar

The Microsoft Lumia 435 is a funny little phone. With its eye-catching looks and a sturdy, comfortable design, it makes a great first impression. In day-to-day use, this mostly remains. Navigating the OS is a relatively painless affair and listening to music is something of a treat. The fact that this phone will receive Windows 10 also makes it a tantalising offer for those who want to try something a little different later in the year without breaking the bank.

Yet with a poor screen, bad cameras and laggy performance in many tasks, this is a device that has many drawbacks. What... Full review

Softpedia

The MINI Cooper of Phones

from Softpedia
If you’re looking for a cheap smartphone, this is it. If you’re looking for something more stylish, more unique, and more powerful, look somewhere else. In essence, it’s a phone for young people. Or for those who feel young.The Lumia 435 is the kind of device that soccer moms would buy for their kids to let them know when they’re late to pick them up from school. It’s that phone that you can drop and lose without kicking yourself just because you didn’t spend a fortune on it. .. Full review
Geek Squad

An attractive proposition to anyone looking to buy their first smartphone

from Geek Squad

It can be a bit tricky to review budget handsets when you’ve been spoiled by the big-hitters. It’s important to put all those silky-smooth processors and HD screens to the back of your mind and focus on what the phone actually offers, not what’s missing. I wasn’t expecting to enjoy the Lumia 435 and whilst I’m still not a fan of the chunky design I can see the appeal. In fact if I were to sum up the Lumia 435 I’d say it’s, well, fun!

Windows Phone tends to be fairly uncomplicated, and with the bright colours and low price there’s so... Full review

WMPoweruser

Decent hardware which can run Windows Phone smoothly

from WMPoweruser
The Lumia 435 is a decent device for its price, it comes with a good display, decent processing power. However, if you're looking for great cameras on your next smartphone, the Lumia 435 is probably not the best device. The battery life of the Lumia 435 is also pretty good, but it could've been better. Overall, the Lumia 435 is a decent device... Full review
Tech Advisor

The best smartphone you can buy under £50

from Tech Advisor

The Microsoft Lumia 435 is the best phone you can buy under £50, even accepting the tired old Windows Phone apps argument. Bottom of Microsoft's line-up and just £49.99 on PAYG it's by no means a great phone, but for first-time or light users it wipes the floor with similarly priced Android phones (and iOS at this price point is just a pipe dream - or a nightmare, but whichever way you look at it, it's not going to happen). Unlike the more expensive Lumia 535, Microsoft has confirmed that the Lumia 435 will get Windows 10 when it is released later this year, which will make this... Full review

Digital Versus

Fluid Functionality for its price

from Digital Versus
If you're on a strict budget, it'll allow you basic social networking, emailing, casual gaming and mobile web-browsing. But it was very limited when it came to multimedia. We'd opt for the similarly-priced Kazam Thunder 340W. If you can afford to stretch your budget, we strongly recommend the Lumia 535, which offers an otherwise superior user experience... Full review
TrustedReviews

A simple smartphone at a low price

from TrustedReviews

The Lumia 435 would make an ok first phone or travel burner, but there better Android phones out there. Battery life is paramount at this price and the Lumia 435’s battery is no more than average, while the app selection remains patchy.

If you can’t afford pricier phones like the excellent 2015 Moto E, consider last year’s Moto E (2014) instead. It can still be found for around £50, matches the 435 for specs and its Android OS offers an easier first time experience and great upgrade options in future. Alternatively, our best cheap phones round-up has plent... Full review

Tech Advisor

The best smartphone you can buy on its price point

from Tech Advisor

The Microsoft Lumia 435 is the best phone you can buy under £50, even accepting the tired old Windows Phone apps argument. Bottom of Microsoft's line-up and just £49.99 on PAYG it's by no means a great phone, but for first-time or light users it wipes the floor with similarly priced Android phones (and iOS at this price point is just a pipe dream - or a nightmare, but whichever way you look at it, it's not going to happen). Unlike the more expensive Lumia 535, Microsoft has confirmed that the Lumia 435 will get Windows 10 when it is released later this year, which will make this... Full review

Notebookcheck

Compact size, smooth operating system, comprehensive software additions

from Notebookcheck

If you only want to pay 100 Euros for your next smartphone you will have to live with some restrictions: The Microsoft Lumia 435 cannot keep up with the much better Lumia 535, which costs slightly more than 100 Euros. The screen and the cameras in particular are worse and the chassis is pretty bulky.

Price-conscious users do, however, get 8 GB storage and 1 GB memory, which is not a matter of course in this product class. You also get all the comprehensive software additions from the Lumia-series for the Lumia 435. The battery is replaceable and you can expand the storage via mic... Full review

WPCentral

The Lumia 435 is setting a new bar for the entry level Windows Phone

from WPCentral

If all you want is a cheap, capable Windows Phone and price is the most important thing, the Lumia 435 will suit you well. It's a fun little phone that's well built, compact and won't break the bank. There are trade-offs whenever you buy a budget device and in this case it's the camera. But you do get a full 1GB of RAM, which is probably more important on a device of this type right now.

But the Lumia 435 is also a great advert for Windows Phone as a platform. Hardware restrictions aside, it'll provide the same software experience as its bigger, more powerful siblings.... Full review


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Full Specs

Overview
Release date February 7, 2015
Regions available Canada, United Kingdom, Asia, Europe, North America, India
Networks
GSM:
850/900/1800/1900 MHz
UMTS:
900/2100 MHz
Data:
GPRS, EDGE, HSUPA, HSPA+
SIM Card Micro-SIM
Dual SIM No
Operating System Windows Phone 8.1

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Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 200 Dual core 1.2 GHz
Internal Flash Memory
8 GB
RAM 1 GB
ROM No
GPS A-GPS
Digital compass No
FlightMode Yes
Hearing Aid Compatible Yes
TTY/TDD Yes
Noise Cancellation Yes
SAR Head: 0.58 W/kg
Body: 0.54 W/kg
Languages English
Manufacturer Warranty 1 Year
Accessories Included AC Charger, Manual, Standard Battery
Power & Battery
Type Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion), 1560 mAh
Removable Battery Yes
Wireless Charging No
Fast Charging No
Video Playback Time 396 minutes
Wi-Fi Surfing Time 564 minutes
3G Surfing Time 564 minutes
4G Surfing Time No
Talk Time Up to:
1254 minutes (2G)
702 minutes (3G)
Standby Time Up to: 21 days
Physical Characteristics
Design Type Bar
Multi-Use Smart Phone / PDA Yes
Material Plastic
Colors Black, Green, Orange, White
Dimensions [H x W x D] 11.8 x 6.5 x 1.2 cm
(4.6 x 2.6 x 0.5 in)
Weight 134 grams
(4.7 ounces)
Water Resistant / Waterproof Unknown
Rugged Design No
IP Rating No
Antenna Type Internal
Changeable Faceplates No
Display / Screen
Type Color
Technology LCD
Colors 16.7 million
Resolution 480 x 800 pixels
Pixel Density 233 pixels
Size 4 inches
3D No
Secondary Display No
Sensors Ambient Light, Proximity, Motion / Accelerometer
Graphics Yes
Themes Yes
Backlit Illumination Yes
Zoom / Magnification Yes
Screen Orientation Lock Yes
Multi Touch Yes
Fingerprint-Resistant Coating No
Additional Display Features Capacitive touch screen
Input / Navigation
Sleep / Wake Key Yes
Home Key Yes
Mute Key No
Input Type Touchscreen
Navigation Type Touchscreen
Predictive Text Entry Yes
Physical Keyboard No
Voicemail Key No
Any Key Answer No
Voice Commands Yes
Keypad / Screen Lock Yes
External Volume Control Yes
External Media Playback Controls No
Fingerprint Sensor No
Call Management
Wi-Fi Calling Unknown
Voice over LTE (VoLTE) Unknown
Contact List Capacity Depends on system memory
Multiple Numbers Per Contact Email address, Other fields
Contact Groups Yes
Auto Answer No
Voice Activated Dialing Yes
Photo Caller ID Yes
Web / Email / Messaging
Web Browsing Type HTML, HTML 5
Browser Internet Explorer Mobile
Javascript Yes
Flash No
Email Yes
Email Protocols POP3, IMAP, SMTP, Microsoft Exchange
Additional Email Features No
Messaging Services SMS, MMS, IM
Push-to-talk (PTT) No
Connectivity
USB Micro-USB 2.0
USB OTG Support No
Infrared No
Bluetooth 4.0
Bluetooth Profiles A2DP, AVRCP, OPP/FTP, HFP, HSP
WiFi 802.11 b/g/n
WiFi Encryption No
Mobile Hotspot Yes
WiMAX No
Expansion Slots Yes
Expansion Slots Info MicroSD, MicroSDHC, microSDXC (up to 128 GB)
PC Synchronization Yes
TV-out No
DLNA Support Yes
NFC No
UMA Support No
Data Tethering Compatibility Yes
Java Applications No
Brew Applications No
ECML / Digital Wallet No
PictBridge No
Camera
Main Camera  
Aperture Unknown
Resolution 2+ megapixels
Dual Lens No
Zoom Yes
Flash Yes (LED)
Additional Rear Camera Info Geotagging
Video Recording Formats 3GP / 3GPP, H.264 / AVC
Video Recording Parameters 30 fps
Front Camera  
Resolution VGA (640 x 480)
Zoom No
Additional Front Camera Info No
Video Recording Parameters
Audio / Video
Audio Playback Yes
Audio Formats MIDI, MP3, AAC, WMA, WAV, AMR-NB
Radio Yes (FM/RDS)
Video Playback Yes
Video Playback Formats 3GP / 3GPP, H.264 / AVC, MPEG-4, WMV
Mobile TV No
Streaming Video Yes
External Speakers Yes
Headset Jack 3.5mm
Custom Ringtones Yes
Vibration Alert Yes
Downloadable Ringtones Yes
Ringtone Composer No
Ringer ID Yes
Haptic Feedback Vibration Yes
Speakerphone No
Apps
To-Do / Task List Yes
Calendar Yes
World Clock No
Alarm Yes
Stopwatch No
Timer No
Calculator Yes
Currency Converter No
Document Viewer DOC, DOCX, PDF, PPT, PPTX, XLS
Weather Yes
Stocks No
Maps Yes
Notepad Yes
Voice Memos / Recorder Yes
Games Downloadable
Apps Downloadable
Included Software / Apps No
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Additional Comments Also available in a dual-SIM model.
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