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Microsoft Lumia 430, 640, 640 XL are the cheapest route to Windows 10

If your budget is tight but you still want the new notifications and other stuff coming with Windows 10, Microsoft has your back – given that you’re within our borders. It just launched the 4-inch Lumia 430 Dual SIM model that’s Windows 10-ready for around 1000 bucks. For such a price, you’ll get about what you’d expect: a WVGA display, 1.2GHz dual-core Snapdragon 200 CPU, 8GB of upgradeable storage and a 1,500 mAh battery. Unfortunately, the biggest compromise is with the cameras: it has a meager 2-megapixel front/0.3-megapixel shooters that will make for passable selfies and not much else.

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As the name gives away, it also packs “intelligent” dual-SIMs. The Lumia 530, for instance, retails at $100-plus, but is available on the street as low as $40. There’s also the new Lumia 640 and 640XL – the latest LTE / 4G devices to join the Lumia portfolio – though those go for around R200 more. Per month. Budget models aside, however, there’s still no sign of a high-end Lumia model created by Microsoft without any help from Nokia.

Papi Mabele
Tech enthusiast at heart. Lover of all things digital. Papi is the founder of SA Vibe and has been sharing his love for gadgetry since 2010. Papi sees no need for wearable tech in his busy schedule and considers the Xbox One as non existant. He may come across as bias at times, and still holds a grudge at BlackBerry for creating the 8520.