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Microsoft launches dual-SIM Lumia 630

The new phone reaches consumers in India this week, but the single-SIM variant won't arrive until June.

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The Nokia Lumia 630. Microsoft

Microsoft has launched its first Lumia phone since acquiring the lineup.

In a presentation Monday in Bangalore, India, Microsoft's Nokia India division announced the availability of the Lumia 630, the first dual-SIM Windows Phone. Launching in India initially, the dual-SIM version will sell for 11,500 rupees ($192).

The actual availability date is a question mark. The Times of India pegs the date as May 16, while International Business Times and other sources say it will reach stores starting May 14. CNET contacted Microsoft to pin down a specific date.

This date confusion isn't a problem for Australia, however. Locally, the Nokia 630 will be available in major retailers from 27 May for the RRP of AU$249. From 4 June the 630 will hit Vodafone stores for AU$179 prepaid. This appears to be the single SIM model.

Aussies will be able to get the 630 in matt black, with five different coloured interchangeable cases coming to market.

Whenever it actually reaches consumers, the Lumia 630 will benefit from the new features in Windows Phone 8.1 , including the Cortana voice assistant and a long-awaited notification center. Designed as a budget phone, the 630 houses a 4.5-inch screen with a resolution of 854x480 pixels, a 1.2GHz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon processor, and 3G connectivity. The phone includes 8GB of internal storage expandable to 128GB via a microSD card.

The 630 will also come in a single-SIM variant priced at 10,500 rupees, though that one won't hit the market until June, according to Times of India.

Microsoft took custody of Nokia's Lumia division on April 25.