Nokia Lumia 638, Lumia 636 bring 4G LTE, Windows Phone 8.1 on a budget

Microsoft has just launched two new 4G LTE-enabled smartphones, the Nokia Lumia 638 and the Lumia 636, both running the latest Windows Phone 8.1 operating system (OS).

The two new smartphones aim to bring 4G LTE and Windows Phone 8.1 at an affordable price point. Both handsets are set to debut in China as affordable 4G options and will hit the country next month.

The Nokia Lumia 638 will launch on July 5 with a 1,299 yuan ($200) price tag, while the Lumia 636 will make its commercial debut on July 21, at the same price point, Nokia announced on Wednesday, June 11.

Both the Nokia Lumia 638 and Lumia 636 run Windows Phone 8.1, as previously mentioned, and sport some notable features for their price point. The two handsets are identical in terms of hardware specs, but a notable difference lies in the supported networks. Although both smartphones are 4G, the Lumia 636 will work on China Unicom, while the Lumia 638 is headed to China Mobile.

When it comes to specifications, both the Lumia 636 and the Lumia 638 sport 4.5-inch LCD displays with Gorilla Glass 3 protection (resolution unspecified). Under the hood, the handsets pack a quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 processor clocked at 1.2GHz and paired with 1GB of RAM. Other specs include 8GB of internal storage capacity, a micro SD card slot for additional memory of up to 128GB, a 5-megapixel rear camera, and a 1,830 mAh battery. Connectivity options include 4G LTE, Bluetooth 4.0, Wi-Fi, and MicroUSB.

The new Nokia Lumia 636 and Lumia 638 will also come with a suite of Nokia services on board, including the company's popular Here maps and navigation, Nokia Mix Radio, and other neat features.

The two Windows Phone 8.1 smartphones will be available in several color options, including white, black, orange, and yellow.

The Lumia 638 and Lumia 636 are set to launch in China for now, and it remains unclear at this point when or if the two smartphones will make their way to other markets as well. We'll keep you up to date as soon as more details become available, so stay tuned.

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