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The Best of 2014: Windows Phone 8 Devices in PH

Last year, Windows Phone embraced a lot of worthy attention from multiple OEMs from different countries. Here in the Philippines, we saw Windows Phone emerged through several offerings from Nokia, Microsoft and even Cherry Mobile.

Here are the smartphones powered by Windows Phone 8.1 that were seen from the previous year.

Cherry Mobile Alpha Style

Cherry Mobile’s entry-level Windows Phone with enough power to do everyday tasks. Since WP8.1 runs buttery smooth even on low specifications, the Php2,999 price tag is a great deal.

Quick specifications:

  • 5MP and VGA cameras
  • Dual Sim, Dual Standby

Cherry Mobile Alpha Luxe

Cherry Mobile’s mid-range offering under their Windows-powered Alpha line-up. It offers a bigger display and higher internal specifications than the Alpha Play with an SRP of Php4,999.

Quick specifications:

  • 5″ HD IPS LCD
  • Dragontrail Glass
  • 8MP and 2MP cameras
  • Dual Sim, Dual Standby

Microsoft Lumia 535

Microsoft’s first phone after acquiring Nokia Lumia. It’s a good start with decent specifications like a wide-angle selfie camera and an attractive price tag of only Php5,990.

Quick specifications:

  • 5″ qHD IPS LCD
  • Gorilla Glass 3
  • 5MP main and 5MP selfie camera
  • Dual Sim, Dual Standby

Nokia Lumia 530

The cheapest of all the Nokia Lumia series that is a successor to their popular Lumia 520/525. Being the cheapest at Php4,490 Php3,990 means being the most inferior of the Lumias. With only a fixed focus back camera and poor display, it could disappoint some buyers.

Quick specifications:

  • 4″ FWVGA TFT display
  • Free 15GB via OneDrive
  • 5MP fixed focus rear camera only
  • Dual Sim, Dual Standby

Nokia Lumia 630

The Lumia 630 was the first Windows Phone to feature on-screen buttons. While it doesn’t offer much, it is a compelling choice if you want to jump to the Windows Phone wagon. It retails for Php7,990

Quick specifications:

  • 4.5″ FWVGA ClearBlack display
  • 5MP AF camera, no front camera
  • Dual Sim, Dual Standby

Nokia Lumia 735

Nokia’s selfie smartphone that boasts a 5MP wide-angle front camera with a bright f/1.9 Zeiss Optics primary camera. It can be a hard catch since it is only officially available through Globe Postpaid, free @ Plan 1200.

Quick specifications:

  • 4.7″ HD OLED display
  • 6.7MP f/1.9 Zeiss Optics and 5MP wide-angle selfie
  • 4G/LTE

Nokia Lumia 830

The middle ground of the Nokia Lumia line-up. Lumia 830 sports a PureView camera with OIS and Zeiss Optics plus a nice build borrowed from its bigger brother, Lumia 930, but it comes in a cheaper package at Php18,990.

Quick specifications:

  • 5-inch IPS HD ClearBlack display
  • Gorilla Glass 3
  • 10 megapixel PureView with Zeiss optics and OIS
  • 4G/LTE

Nokia Lumia 930

Nokia’s top-tier Windows Phone that features a full HD screen and camcorder quality video recording. It has a premium build and quality display for Php29,990.

Quick specifications:

  • 5-inch IPS Full HD ClearBlack display
  • Gorilla Glass 3
  • Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 w/ 2GB of RAM
  • 20 megapixel PureView with Zeiss optics and OIS
  • 4G/LTE

Now that Lumia is under Microsoft, we expect the leading Windows Phone maker to again lead the pack this 2015 with better offerings and competitive pricing. As for our local brands, we’ll see if Cherry Mobile has another Windows line-up and also from Starmobile, MyPhone and other major local players.

Update: Corrected current SRP of Lumia 530

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This article was contributed by Daniel Morial, a film school graduate and technology enthusiast. He's the geeky encyclopedia and salesman among his friends for anything tech.

4 Responses

  1. Avatar for Milhouse Milhouse says:

    I’ll choose the cheapest and lowest-end windows phone over lagdroid anytime.

  2. Avatar for a a says:

    Nag buy one take one yung Cherry Mobile Alpha Style. Baka wala na silang stock niyan ngayon

  3. Avatar for Drey Roque Drey Roque says:

    Hi there. Nokia 630 user here.
    I love it since I moved from an Android. Yes, the app ecosystem isn’t really that great (e.g. older version of Instagram) but as far as user-experience goes and battery life. Really enjoying this phone.

    The build quality of Nokia is still suberb.

  4. Avatar for Easy E Easy E says:

    May article na ba that compares CM Alpha Luxe vs Lumia 535? I am interested in buying a windows phone.

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