Microsoft unveils Win 10-ready Lumia 540 Dual SIM
Wide-angle selfies come as standard in Redmond’s latest budget handset
Microsoft this week unveiled the Lumia 540 Dual SIM, aimed at younger users, in the latest in a series of devices targeted at first-time smartphone users.
The handset is powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon processor with a 1.2GHz quad-core CPU. It has 1GB of RAM and 8GB of storage.
The 540 runs Windows Phone 8.1 and comes with a 5-inch HD display. It is also bundled with services such as Skype and Office and is equipped, Microsoft said, for wide-angle selfies, via the 5MP front-facing camera. The rear camera is 8MP.
The handset has been designed with Windows 10 in mind and will accept the free upgrade with no fuss when it becomes available, according to Microsoft.
Microsoft is targeting the device at budget consumers in India, the Middle East, Africa and Asia Pacific, with a starting price of $149. It is expected to be available in early May, in four colours: cyan, orange, white and black.
"The Lumia 540 Dual SIM is a testament to our passion for product-making that is reflected across the entire Lumia product portfolio and will continue with future devices," said Jo Harlow, corporate vice president for Phones at Microsoft. "With the Lumia 540 Dual SIM, we've made it possible to deliver a smartphone with strong design and technology credentials that is also fun to use, and incredible value for money."