Nokia Lumia 635 announced, T-Mobile and MetroPCS release this summer

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Almost as soon as Microsoft and Nokia finished unveiling the Nokia Lumia 635, T-Mobile announced that it would be offering up the mid-range, LTE, Windows 8.1 device on its own branded network and on MetroPCS. The device features a 4.5″ ClearBlack display and a 1.2GHz quad-core Snapdragon 400 processor. It’ll be available in five different colors, but if you get bored, changing it as easy as buying a new rear shell in a different hue. It’ll also be the first device launched globally with Windows 8.1 and will feature the newly announced Cortana digital assistant.

  • An uncompromised Windows Phone 8.1 experience with fast quad core processor, bright colorful design with changeable shells and 4.5″ ClearBlack screen.

  • Lightning-fast 4G LTE makes it quicker and easier to connect with the people and things you love online.

  • The same apps and experiences as high end Lumia’s including free Global maps and navigation, free Nokia MixRadio streaming, and Nokia Camera.

  • Live Tiles for instant information from apps, one easy swipe to important notifications with Action Centre, Microsoft Office, OneDrive, and faster ways to connect with Word Flow and Whatsapp and Instagram

  • A more personal and proactive assistant with Cortana

Nokia announced that the pricing would be around $189. T-Mobile is yet to announced an official release date, or pricing. But it will be available at some point this summer. T-Mobile expects the 635 to be even more popular than its predecessor on the Magenta-flavored network, the Lumia 521.

“The Un-carrier’s all about removing crazy restrictions and delivering total wireless freedom and flexibility,” said Jason Young, senior vice president of Marketing at T-Mobile. “With Windows Phone, we can offer customers another great choice in mobile platforms. And we’re excited to bring to both T-Mobile and MetroPCS customers the combination of next-gen software, great features and fresh design that Nokia’s latest Windows Phone has to offer.”

If you’re interested in finding out more about the device, or Windows 8.1, head on over to the placeholder page on T-Mobile’s online store.

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  • S. Ali

    At $189 this will sell really well against the iPhone 5C.

    • AK

      At $189 when this phone comes out, a better option would be to buy a used 925, 810, or unlocked 820 or 920 for about the same price or even less.

      • Ordeith

        not the 810. T-Mobile doesn’t support the 810.
        But you can get a used 920 for ~$200. and new T-Mobile 925′s have been available in the $230′s.

        • AK

          T-Mobile is not supporting the 810 with any future firmware updates from Nokia but you can still get the latest OS updates from Microsoft by signing up for Preview for Developers (free). I wouldn’t get an 810 over newer models for a $20 price difference but if would could get it for a lot less, that would be better than the 635.

          The only advantage with the 635 would be firmware updates that add features such as streaming, if that’s important to you. Comparing the same apps on the 810 and 635, the 810 will have better performance. The half gig of RAM is going to hold back 635 otherwise it would have better performance than even the 925. The camera is another story (no flash 5MP).

        • riopato

          You are not an average T-Mobile customer. Most customers wouldn’t go through those steps to have their obsolete 810 flashed like that. Most of them don’t even know the concept of updating their phones!

      • S. Ali

        Chances are this device will get further updates and you get 8.1 sooner, for the money its a better deal.

      • riopato

        There’s no telling when the 925 will get wp8.1, the 810 will never get the update, the 820 and 920 unlocked are priced pretty high unless you know a good place to buy from.
        The 635 will come with wp8.1 out of the box, have a better screen and faster CPU and LTE. $189 is msrp. It will be $90 on HSN a month after it’s official release if not sooner.

  • Stone Cold

    This may give a reason for people to try Windows Phones.

  • Whiskers

    Come on T-Mobile , get a high end Windows phone.
    Something close to a 5″ 1080 screen , processor and not just another damn Nokia brand.
    The Samsung ATiV would atleast be a different brand choice .

    • fsured

      Are others making Windows phones to be sold in the states other than Nokia? They can’t sell a phone if manufactures are not making them to be sold here. Anything from HTC since they did make Windows phones before? I’d figure that OEMs have learned by now that they need to release high end phones on all carriers if they want to gain any market share here in the states. No more exclusive deals. Hit that larger consumer base. I can see the advantage if the company is not pulling in as much sales revenue with the carrier paying for that exclusive right. But there are only so many customers on Verizon or any other company that will buy the device and then what? The potential to bring in double or triple sales is gone.

      I’m not interested in the OS but think T-Mobile could do good to offer a viable option for people who want something other than IOS or Android. Especially now since they will not carry Blackberry. Nokia is sitting nice right now as pretty much the only OEM selling Windows phones here.

  • Luis Carlos Diaz

    T-Mobile needs a better high end phone to complete its @WindowsPhone line up versus the other carriers. This will probably sell well but they need to let those who have the 521 a better choice than the 925 that feels weak versus other phones.

  • Kyle Jeter

    Booo! Will we ever get a high end Windows Phone?!

    • notyourbusiness

      We did – the Lumia 925. Also the HTC 8X if you consider that high end.

      • Whiskers

        I have the 925 and it feels more like a medium range phone.
        4.5 screen with a 1280×768 and 334 ppi don’t even come close to the specs of the 1020 , 1320 or 1520 Nokia phones.

        • notyourbusiness

          It’s a variant of the 920, which is a high end phone. The 1020 is only “better” if you want to call it that than the 920 and 925 due to the camera and increased RAM – and the only reason it has double the RAM is the camera.

        • AK

          I think timing is the bigger issue. The 920 WAS a high end phone so when the 925 finally came to T-Mobile, it felt like a mid range phone as AT&T has the 1020 and 1520. Sprint has no Lumia phones. I guess they either wanted to go all in or not at all. This maybe a good reason for Sprint and T-Mobile to merge, to keep the OEM’s from kicking them around.

        • Cam Bunton

          I tried the 1020 for a couple of weeks, and the only thing it has going for it is that insane camera. In every other way, I preferred using the 925. It’s a better phone. If anyone offered me the choice, I’d never go with the 1020.

        • riopato

          Which is why the 920 is more of a flagship phone and the 1020 catered to a niche high end market.

      • Cam Bunton

        8X was one of the most underrated Windows Phones. It was great, but everyone was wowed by the Lumias.

        • Kyle Jeter

          The problem is Nokia does Windows Phone 8 the best. More exclusive apps, the HERE suite, and the best cameras. Throw in glance and other software additions and it’s no wonder the 8X flopped.

        • Cam Bunton

          HERE suit – for me – is very take it or leave it. At the time, cameras on the Lumia devices weren’t all that. 8X was really nice to hold, and had a sharper LCD display. AMOLEDs in that day were nothing on the more recent models. Text was fuzzier, color reproduction was awful. Sure, contrast was much higher.. I’m still tempted to try and pick one up. We still have them for sale over here in Blighty.

        • riopato

          The 8X was tempting at the time but HTC did nothing to make it stand out. If only they put windows phone on their One series, Nokia would have some serious competition.

      • Kyle Jeter

        The 925 was a high end phone last year. Since then the Icon, and 1520 have launched, both of which have full 1080P displays and 20MP cameras. T-mobile customers who are WP8 fans can’t help but feel left out.

        • riopato

          The 1020 is a high end phone last year. The 920, 925, 928 and Icon (929) are carriers’ flagship phones. There are customers out there that want a real high end phone on their carrier’s network.

    • riopato

      Never

  • bisayan

    What about the Lumia 930 that they also announced Cam? I know its the iCon but thats only for Verizon. There was an article from last week that leak from @eveleaks saying its coming to TMO?

    • Cam Bunton

      Yeah, the article was about a “Monarch”. I don’t know if that is the 930 or 635.. It wasn’t clear at the time.

  • DarkAlkamist

    Do we know if this is the “monarch”? If so, this is not the hero phone I was expecting.

    • riopato

      Yes it’s the Lumia 635

  • colonelcasey

    It’s a nice low to mid-range phone but it’s no replacement for the Nokia 925. Nokia needs to feed more mid to high level phones to T-Mo and stop neglecting them.

    • Cam Bunton

      Absolutely. The Lumia 930 is the next flagship. Fingers crossed that it lands on T-Mobile.

      • Lwin Maung

        930/Icon might be the current flagship (btw, you can get the icon and use it on t-mo. They are unlocked). That said, I don’t think it’ll hold the flagship title for long. For example, 63x have digital windows keys.9xx line is still on old silkscreen windows/search/back keys. The next flagship will go digital. I think…. It is only logical.

  • notyourbusiness

    That is NOT a midrange phone. It’s got several lesser specs than the Lumia 620, which is funny because it seems its the “successor” to that phone!

    • AK

      Agreed, this is a low end phone. What good is a quad core processor if its paired with half a gig of RAM. Also, no camera flash. If the 635 had at least a full 1GB RAM and an 8MP camera with LED flash, it would be a true mid range phone. I would guess those upgrades would cost Nokia about $10 to $20 in manufacturing costs but of course it would cannibalize their higher end phones so that is why they are selling this crap. T-Mobile thinks they are offering their customers better choices but in reality, they are setting themselves up to loose some customers who will have a bad experience with this or the other low end smartphones they offer.

      • Cam Bunton

        Nokia was pitching this, very much as a budget device. Think Moto G competitor running Windows Phone.

        • landmarkcm

          Moto G much better. See my other post. No flash is a huge fail. I’d rather get the 925. Nokia had a chance to have a good competitor for the G with this & blew it! Heck besides the smaller screen even the 620 is better!

        • BlackJu

          I think you will see the 635 go for $50 less than the Moto g in a short period of time. So not quite on the same level.

        • landmarkcm

          True.. For a bit there. Aio had the G for 99 even at 149 it’s still a good deal. If your going to use their service at least a month. Like I said Nokia had a good chance to compete with the G in that space & with this they are not doing it.. Even if the 635 is much lower. I wouldn’t pick it up for the reasons I mentioned, Mostly the lack of a camera flash. For me that has just become a must. Others if they don’t care which some don’t this will be just fine of course.

        • landmarkcm

          True.. For a bit there. Aio had the G for 99 even at 149 it’s still a good deal. If your going to use their service at least a month. Like I said Nokia had a good chance to compete with the G in that space & with this they are not doing it.. Even if the 635 is much lower. I wouldn’t pick it up for the reasons I mentioned, Mostly the lack of a camera flash. For me that has just become a must. Others if they don’t care which some don’t this will be just fine of course.

        • BlackJu

          I think you will see the 635 go for $50 less than the Moto g in a short period of time. So not quite on the same level.

        • Lwin Maung

          620 is an AMAZING phone. I love the smaller screen on that phone. It had NFC too. they should have call the 63x 53x instead of 6xx line.

        • Lwin Maung

          620 is an AMAZING phone. I love the smaller screen on that phone. It had NFC too. they should have call the 63x 53x instead of 6xx line.

      • fentonr

        It may be a low end phone, but it will probably be sub $200 and a huge step up from the 521 which sold like hot cakes and had the price quickly drop. I expect it will launch around the $180 mark and within 6 months drop close to $100-$120. Good deal for the money.

        • AK

          If it sold like hot cakes then why did the price quickly drop? Because it did not really sell that well and they need to move all that inventory.

          It is not a good deal when you take into account other options. The 925 is going for $200 at HSN. In 6 months you are likely to see refurbished or used (like new or very good condition) 920′s and 925′s as low as $150. An unlocked 820 in very good condition is going for $118 on Amazon right now. These would be much better deals than a new 635 even at $100.

        • fentonr

          How do you figure it didn’t sell well? Go look at figures from AdDuplex, it makes up roughly 37% of the Windows Phone in the US, more than any other WP. The next biggest is the 520 at 17%.

        • AK

          37% of a small number = an even smaller number. It sold better than any other Windows Phone but compared to all phone sales, it simply did not do well. That is the reason for the price reduction. Windows Phone market share is actually declining. Google: “computerworld Windows Phone share dips worldwide”. Considering the recent gains it had made, the quick decline is not good news.

        • Lwin Maung

          AK, you are thinking like an American consumer. The issues at hand about units of 520/521 sold is global. In certain parts of Europe, Lumia outsold iPhone, In places like Italy and Germany, they reached double digit market share and climbing. Here in the US, we have been taught to eat what the carriers feed us and think the more cores, the better the device. The bigger the screen, the better the device so that’s what the carriers demand to the OEM, and that what we get.

        • AK

          Market share is actually declining. Source: Computerworld

          “Overseas, things are worse. In the U.K, its market share in February, 2014 was 10.1%, down from 11.3% the month previous. Back in August, 2013, its market share there was 12%, and it’s been on a downward trajectory ever since. In France, things look more dismal. In February it had an 8.3% market share. It was all the way up to 12.9% there in November. In China, things are bad as well. It had a 1% market share in February, slightly up from 0.7% in January, but well under the 3.5% share it had in October, 2013.”

          It is the OEMs that dictate to the carriers, not the other way around. The OEMs want to maximize profits. That is why they release low end and high end phones with very few true mid range phones. Just a couple of minor upgrades would make the 635 a solid phone. They could even cut back on the processor to save costs while still making a great phone. T-Mobile would want this. An affordable solid phone would lead to a better customer experience and reduce the need to upgrade as often. This reduces costs for supporting new phone activations and customers are less likely to shop around for another service provider as long as they are happy with their phones and service.

        • Lwin Maung

          AK, you are thinking like an American consumer. The issues at hand about units of 520/521 sold is global. In certain parts of Europe, Lumia outsold iPhone, In places like Italy and Germany, they reached double digit market share and climbing. Here in the US, we have been taught to eat what the carriers feed us and think the more cores, the better the device. The bigger the screen, the better the device so that’s what the carriers demand to the OEM, and that what we get.

        • BlackJu

          I “binged” this, so there. From the blog:

          “If you compare Windows Phone market share today to exactly a year ago, its market share is slightly up. But during the latter part of last year, its market share began rising. Since making headway then though, Windows Phone share has been falling. This is happening in most places across the world.”

          So you’re telling me growth isn’t monotonic? Could it be that the lack of replacement models for the low end could cause a hiccup in this “ideal” growth? No way!
          Clearly Microsoft is long on Windows Phone, as evidenced by the effort put into 8.1. They are still closing the app gap as well. So this will not be an easy road, and I’m sure they know that. But if they can capture the low end and lock people into MS services, they will eventually buy another, perhaps more expensive, phone.

        • AK

          Microsoft does not care for selling more expensive phones. They just want to increase market share for MS services and ad revenue. These low end phones will actually lead to a poor customer experience resulting in users trying something else. I personally hope Windows Phone succeeds.

          By the way, regarding Bing, source: BGR

          “It doesn’t seem likely that Microsoft plans to give up on Bing anytime soon, but that doesn’t mean its customers are following suit. According to a tweet from Kantar Worldreport, Windows Phone users only resorted to searching with the default engine 52% of the time in Q4 2013. The rest are “actively avoiding the integrated Bing Phone search” and instead opening their browsers to search with Google. Bing might not be a dead platform, but when users are willing to expend more energy to use another service that provides similar results, it might be time to rethink your strategy. Kantar also claims that users are “quickly switching” to Google, so before long a majority of Windows Phone users will have deserted Bing.”

        • BlackJu

          Switching to google only requires changing one setting. Real difficult.

        • BlackJu

          And WP offers the best low end experience of any smartphone platform so not much to worry about there.

        • BlackJu

          You’re wrong. In the Tmo press release, Young stated that the 521 is the best selling Windows Phone they’ve ever had. That’s actually significant because the 710 was a hot seller in the WP7 days. The 925 was clearly overstocked, so the prices from 3rd parties reflect that. Also, the removable battery, interchangeable shells, lte, and microSD support make this quite attractive for some. I think the normal price for the 635 will be $120ish. These are targeted at and do well with first time smartphone users. This customer doesn’t understand the world of unlocked phones and band compatibility. They go to a store and pick a phone that doesn’t scare them and is reasonably priced.

        • AK

          Yes the 521 is their best selling Windows Phone but does that mean it sold well? That only says it was the best selling Windows Phone which does not mean much. If anything, it just shows how bad Windows Phone sales are as a whole. I really didn’t think it was that bad, very surprising.

          The Galaxy S4 is a good selling phone. With the S5 coming out, the S4 is still $624 through T-Mobile.

          If the 635 starts at $120, that would be fair price. Definitely not worth $189.

        • riopato

          What was the price of the 521 when it first came out? I’m sure the 635 will scale the same way soon enough.

        • riopato

          521 can be found for less than $70 currently. The 635 will follow suit some time next year if not earlier. The other option is only the 925 for T-mobile customers. I personally find the 521 seemingly to be a much better built phone than my 925 considering I’ve sent mine 3 times already for repair and the 521 is still running strong. Here’s hoping the 635 to be of same quality.

        • riopato

          Supply and demand. Basic economics really. Demand high, price go down.

    • riopato

      T-mobile’s high end is usually a mid range device compared to other carriers so mid range is going to always be bottom barrel. Good thing WP runs pretty well with low end devices.

  • timon

    Never liked W.P, got Nokia 925 and was very surprised how clean and polished the UI is, makes my xperia feel clunky. Also, audio quality is way better than any android phone i ever owned,

    • BlackJu

      Yup. Some people just need to give it a chance. Did you buy it cheap on newegg or hsn?

    • riopato

      If you like your xperia, Sony is making a windows phone 8.1 version

  • Paul

    Can I root it and throw Android on it?

    Edit: I was being facetious but it seems I was taken a bit too literally.

    • Ordeith

      Just buy a ZTE Sonata or Galaxy AMP if you want that particularly bad experience.

    • eanfoso

      Why would you want that laggyness of an OS?

    • BlackJu

      Maybe you should just buy an android?

  • PiCASSiMO

    Where is the 930 for T-Mobile?

    • Cam Bunton

      Nothing announced, but I’d be surprised if it didn’t make it. Still, no guarantees.. yet.

      • eanfoso

        It won’t, t-mobile is stuck on samsuck

      • eanfoso

        It won’t, t-mobile is stuck on samsuck

  • Alex Zapata

    Hmmm, that looks like a nice backup phone.

    • riopato

      Agreed. Using the 521 is my go to backup with my 925 “cloned” to it, I don’t miss a beat. Only thing that’s missing was the lte and now the 635 will be my fall back!

  • landmarkcm

    Argh! & the only thing that will stop me from picking this up is the
    lack of a flash for the camera. That should be standard by now! &
    this will be pretty useless in low light & indoor shots etc. Why on
    earth is Nokia always putting one thing like making the screen bigger on
    this then the 620, But now no flash for the camera! I’ll stick with my
    Moto G a while. Little things like this are really turning me away from
    Nokia. I would like to try WP possibly in the future again though. Maybey I’ll check out the 925 & unlock it. Since it’s going to be updated to 8.1. Even the 620 has a flash And a front cam. Nokia is to all over the map with their models. I don’t see why they could not have at least put a flash & kept it in a good price point.. Heck even the 710 had one!

    • Ordeith

      Nokia’s cameras are pretty good with indoor and low light, even without the flash. That may be why they might be thinking it isn’t needed.
      But I use my flash most often as a flashlight, and that functionality would be missed.

      • landmarkcm

        Well trust me it’s not that good lol that it’s not needed in an environment at night indoors with low lighting. A lot of folks like to use there devices in social settings etc too in dimly lit settings & without the flash pics just don’t come out good worth using much. If at all in the dark. Like I said that should be a standard feature now on all but the lowest of low end devices like the flips etc..

      • landmarkcm

        Well trust me it’s not that good lol that it’s not needed in an environment at night indoors with low lighting. A lot of folks like to use there devices in social settings etc too in dimly lit settings & without the flash pics just don’t come out good worth using much. If at all in the dark. Like I said that should be a standard feature now on all but the lowest of low end devices like the flips etc..

      • BlackJu

        If only they would use the 720 camera. That was amazing for a non OIS phone….i can dream.

    • AK

      Completely agree, as a “mid range” offering it is a total joke. They are targeting the truly clueless consumer. As consumers, we need to demand better. As the un-carrier, T-Mobile needs to push back against the manufacturers and not sell the cr*p they are trying to peddle.

  • landmarkcm

    Argh! & the only thing that will stop me from picking this up is the
    lack of a flash for the camera. That should be standard by now! &
    this will be pretty useless in low light & indoor shots etc. Why on
    earth is Nokia always putting one thing like making the screen bigger on
    this then the 620, But now no flash for the camera! I’ll stick with my
    Moto G a while. Little things like this are really turning me away from
    Nokia. I would like to try WP possibly in the future again though. Maybey I’ll check out the 925 & unlock it. Since it’s going to be updated to 8.1. Even the 620 has a flash And a front cam. Nokia is to all over the map with their models. I don’t see why they could not have at least put a flash & kept it in a good price point.. Heck even the 710 had one!

  • Startswithaj

    Sigh. I was hoping for a higher end Windows Phone. My JUMP upgrade is coming and I would love to switch to something like the Nokia Lumia 925 but I need more than 16 GB of storage. At least with the iPhone 5s, I can pick a 32 or 64 gig model. So I think I’ll stick it out with my 521 for a little bit longer. Perhaps long enough to get the developers preview or whatever of 8.1 so I can play with it and then upgrade to the 5s.

    • Singleweird

      i can definitely see the 925 getting replaced soon. not sure what monarch was but keep an eye out!

      • Derrick Ford

        Yeah. ..maybe the Monarch is Tmobile’s version of the Icon or 930. One can only hope!

  • Serotheo

    I have to ask.. what does this even bring to the table over the cheaper 521? From what I see the specs are dismissively the same as the only spec that really matters on these lower-tier WP devices is RAM.

    Especially since we can generally negate the importance of the CPU as long as it pushes the resolution fine, which I’m sure it does as it seems to be the same specs as the 521.

    Is the only improvement the display? Doesn’t really seem to matter too much, yes displays are important but not for $80-$100 compared to the 521 with similar specs.

    • BlackJu

      This phone has LTE; the 521 does not. Battery is larger and you will actually be able to get the back covers in different colors this time. Also, that’s the difference at MSRP, which doesn’t stick for very long.

    • Singleweird

      quad core, 8.1, larger screen, LTE vs 4G, colors, cortana. it’s entry level, so bringing a consistently positive experience is much more important than blowing the customer away with performance – something the 521 could never do.

      • Roger Sales

        The only thing I see that’s missing is a front facing camera, besides that it’s the perfect low-end windows phone.

        • AK

          Just one more thing, a starting price of $99.

        • Roger Sales

          That’s a bit low for an LTE handset. Don’t get me wrong, it would be great for consumers – but windows phone is already priced extremely competitively. With the addition of Cortana they should be able to command a slightly higher price for budget phones like this.

        • landmarkcm

          And a flash for the camera! See all other complaints abt that! Big time fail there. That should be standard. This is low end. They had a good chance to compete in the same space as the Moto G & they blew it with this.

    • riopato

      The LTE part is reason to upgrade from the 521. 4G is serviceable for most people but LTE has got me spoiled and I notice a huge difference between the 2 speeds.

  • D Velasquez

    Another low end Windows device, why magenta can’t get the higher spec nokia phones? This is frustrating

    • http://about.me/daylondeon Deacon

      well these low end devices sell big man. i know the 521 did.

  • timom

    Most people don’t understand that WP don’t need alot of cores or ram to run buttery smooth, it has a very efficient software.

    • joe

      And those savings are passed on to the customer,

    • AK

      Agree regarding the cores, but it does need at least 1GB RAM.

      “When the refresh of Nokia’s low-end Windows Device quietly arrived five weeks later on 27th November, the only specification change was a doubling in memory (from 512 MB on the Lumia 520/521 to 1 GB). That single change along with the new model number meant it could be sold as a new device (and rightly so). The memory boost allows the Lumia 525 to run a wider range of apps (mostly games) from the Windows Store compared to the older model.” -Forbes

      • Jason Crumbley

        I wish Apple would figure this out with the iPhone.

      • bill biggs

        it has 1GB RAM in it

        • AK

          512mb, not 1gb

        • bill biggs

          that sorry I thought it had 1g like the 925

  • Romdude

    Just an observation, most of us are t-mobile cusotmers and if you’re not, why are you here? But the people in this comments section for Nokia Windows phone seem more normal than the ones responding to Apple, Samsung or HTC stories here on tmonews. What a refreshing change. I guess something can be said of people who choose a different phone from the rest.

  • Zeth

    I have the Lumia 810. No way I’m upgrading to this piece of junk. This is making me seriously think about leaving tmobile and going to get the Icon over at Verizon. T-Mobile… you suck!

  • zion

    Ummm I would have to disagree Zeth. although T-Mobile does suck this windows phone will be so much better than Lumia 810. it will also have all the latest apps and windows 8.1 !!! It cant get better than that !!!

  • zion

    and I am MetroPCS and they suck tooo !!!!