April got itself started with Microsoft’s Build conference, bringing us not just news of Windows Phone 8.1 but also the first WP8.1-running hardware: Nokia’s Lumia 630 and 635. At the time, Nokia outlined how sales of the phones would begin, coming to Asia before the Middle East, South America, and Europe, and finally getting to the US in July. We were told to expect this ball to get rolling sometime in May, and sure enough, Nokia (or Microsoft, at this point) has just announced that 630 sales get underway this week.
Just as previously divulged, initial 630 sales will take place in Asia, though we’re not getting a heck of new lot of detail from today’s announcement – just “Asia” in general and no timetable more specific than “this week.” Separately, at least, we’ve heard that India should get the phone this Friday.
Unlike the Windows 8.1 Preview for Developers that anxious fans have been getting a head start with, the 630 will be 8.1 from the ground up, including the Lumia Cyan firmware that will only come to existing Lumia handsets this summer. That means that the 630 will be the first opportunity users get to see Nokia SensorCore in action.
Both single and dual-SIM 630s will be arriving, priced at around 120 and 130 EUR respectively – though why we’re getting prices in euros for an Asian launch is anyone’s guess, and local markets will see that tag shift around a bit. Any way you slice it, though, the 630 is being positioned to be as affordable as possible.