While the Windows Phone world still wait with bated breath which current Lumia models will be getting a Windows 10 upgrade, it seems that Microsoft might already be working on the next generation of its budget smartphones. A certain Lumia 640 was recently leaked with the expected budget specs. But somewhat a bit more surprising is sighting of its predecessor, the Lumia 635, with a “refreshed” model. This new Lumia 635 bears one and only one different: it will now have 1 GB of RAM.
The Lumia 635 1GB, which is said to be how the new version of the device will be called, is practically the same as the Lumia 635 512MB. This means you will get a 4.5-inch FWVGA 854×480 screen, a 1.2 GHz quad-core Snapdragon 400, 8 GB of storage, and a lone 5 megapixel rear camera without even a flash.
On the other hand, the 1 GB RAM is the only thing the 635 has in common with its supposed successor, the Lumia 640. The screen has been raised to 5 inches with a 720p resolution. The processor is a still unidentified quad-core Snapdragon 400. Storage is still at 8 GB though. The rear camera has been bumped up to 8.7 megapixels and now it happily has a 0.9 megapixel front shooter. Like the 635, the 640 also has LTE connectivity, but the new kid on the block will be an NFC chip.
While a Lumia 640 successor with slightly beefed up specs is nothing surprising, the refreshed Lumia 635 is a bit curious. Microsoft might very well be setting up the baseline for Windows 10 for phones, which might be 1 GB in this case. That said, the next version of the OS has been shown to run on 512 MB of RAM, the current baseline, though those could be the exception rather than the rule.