Microsoft intensifies Indian budget smartphone war with Lumia 430 at Rs 5,299

New Delhi: Tech giant Microsoft Corporation intensified the budget smartphone war with its Lumia 430 at Rs 5,299 in India.

The smartphone runs on a Windows Phone 8.1 software and sports a 4-inch display with a 480 x 800 pixel resolution.

Powered by a dual-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 200 processor, the device is clocked at 1.2GHz supported with 1GB RAM.

Microsoft Lumia 430

Lumia 430 features an 8GB internal storage which can be expanded up to 128GB via microSD card. The device sports a 2MP fixed-focus main camera and a 0.3MP front-facing shooter.

The connectivity options include 3G, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.0 and GPS.

Microsoft also plans to line up more 4G-compatible devices in India once the infrastructure for the high speed Internet service is ready in the country.

The company, which acquired Nokia's handset division last year for USD 7.2 billion, has only one 4G-compatible device, Lumia 638 (priced at about Rs 6,800), in the Indian market.

"There are a number of 4G-compatible devices in our portfolio, we are ready with the handsets. Once infrastructure is ready (in India), we will bring more 4G devices in," Microsoft Mobile Devices Director Marketing Raghuvesh Sarup told media.

Many devices makers are now lining up 4G-compatible phones (especially in the sub-Rs 10,000 category) as operators like Reliance Jio gear up to launch the high-speed Internet service in the country.

Currently, Airtel and Aircel are the only two operators offering 4G services in certain parts of the country. Lenovo's A6000 and A7000, Yu's Yureka and Xiaomi Redmi Note 4G are some of the devices that hit the Indian market in the sub Rs 10,000 segment recently.

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