Microsoft Lumia Launch

The first smart phones to carry the Microsoft branding instead of the Nokia logo are to be launched in New Zealand over the coming days.

The Microsoft Lumia 640 and Lumia 435 were recently announced at the Mobile World Congress - phones that come preinstalled with the Microsoft Office suite so that can create and edit Excel, OneNote and Word files on the go and then open them on your personal computer.

Both new 4G network entry level hand-sets come with Microsoft’s virtual hard disk drive OneDrive storage.

A year’s subscription to Office 365 is available with any model of the Lumia 640, which starts at $299, and the Lumia 435 is the most affordable from $89. Both come with Windows Phone 8.1 preinstalled but will be able to be upgraded to Windows 10 for free when the operating system launches later in the year.

Microsoft Devices General Manager in Australia and New Zealand Steve Lewis said, in a press statement, “Innovation is for everyone, and we’ve consistently worked to bring meaningful innovation to even more accessible price points.

“The Lumia 435 is particularly great for those looking to buy a smartphone for the first time, while the Lumia 640 steps up a level with the advantage of Office 365 to help people be more productive. While comfortably catering for a range of needs and different price points, both devices feature an operating system that is intuitive and deeply personal. “With the launch of these devices we are bringing more consumers the best of Microsoft by providing all core smartphone features, the latest Windows Phone software, thousands of apps and Microsoft’s industry-leading services.”

With the Lumia 640 Microsoft says you can:

Smoothly and quickly access important documents or run all of your favourite websites, apps and games, thanks to the on-board 1GB of memory and powerful quad core Qualcomm Snapdragon processor. View photos and watch videos on a crisp 5″ HD display. Power through the work day and enjoy almost 24 hours of talk time, thanks to a long-lasting 2500 mAh battery. Capture detail rich photos even in low light, thanks to the 8 MP camera on the Lumia 640 with LED flash and Lumia Camera right out of the box. Stay updated on the most important information with Glance Screen, available out of the box on the Lumia 640. Enjoy the latest version of Windows Phone 8.1 and the Lumia Denim update, complete with one-swipe Action Center, Word Flow and Live Folders. Keep up-to-date with the best features through regular updates to Windows, including all the benefits of Windows 10 service as it becomes available later this year. Microsoft Lumia 640

The Lumia 640 is expected to be available with Spark and Vodafone New Zealand from April 23 in matte black, from RRP$299.

With the Lumia 435 Microsoft says you can:

Multi-task seamlessly between websites, leading apps and games, with a 1.2GHz Dual Core processor and 1GB of on-board RAM providing all the power needed. Switch effortlessly between voice and video calls with built-in Skype integration and a front-facing camera. Read, review, edit and share on the go with the full Microsoft Office suite coming pre-installed. Keep your photos, videos and Office documents safely backed up with 30GB of free3 OneDrive cloud storage. Easily manage work and personal correspondence on the fly, with Microsoft Outlook straight out of the box. Capture photos quickly and easily with Lumia Camera right out of the box, and take, edit and share great selfies with the front-facing camera and Lumia Selfie app. Have your Start Screen your way with the latest version of Windows Phone 8.1 and the Lumia Denim update, complete with one-swipe Action Centre, Word Flow and Live Folders. Stay up-to-date with the best new features through regular Windows updates. Microsoft Lumia 435

The Lumia 435 is expected to be available in New Zealand from Vodafone New Zealand on May 18, in black, for RRP$89 on the Vodafone network or RRP$119 unlocked.