Microsoft has released its first smartphone post Nokia acquisition called the Lumia 530. As the name suggests, the phone is the successor to the popular budget Lumia 520 handset and aims to compete with existing budget smartphones in the market like Moto G.
The phone comes with a 4 inch LCD screen with a resolution of 854 x 480 pixels. Inside, there’s a quad core processor, which is an improvement from the previous version but the RAM remains the same at 512MB. In comparison, the Lumia 525 which was released earlier came with 1GB RAM, so Microsoft’s decision to stick with 512MB comes as a surprise.
For storage, there’s 4GB internal along with a MicroSD card slot which can be expanded up to 128GB. Additionally, users get 15GB free One Drive storage with the device. The good thing is, users can access games and apps directly from the memory card, so the 4GB internal memory shouldn’t be a big concern.
On the back, there’s a 5MP shooter, however it does not come with a flash like the 520. There’s no front camera, but for selfie addicts, Microsoft has included the GlamMe app which can take voice guided selfies using the rear camera. Also, Lumia 530 would be the second phone in the Lumia family to come with onscreen buttons, so it looks like many of the future releases are going to come with this functionality.
As for the design, Lumia 530 looks quite different from Lumia 520, thanks to its curved design but it retains Nokia’s traditional Lumia design factor. Moreover, the device will be available in bright colors like bright orange, bright green, white, and dark grey, which will be interchangeable. So, you can change these shells like some other Lumia phones to match your outfit.
The device will be available in two versions, single SIM and dual SIM. Both the models will be available for 85 ($114) before taxes and subsidies. The company adds that the phone will be available globally by the
end of August 2014.
While the specs are nothing great as compared to some other competitors like Moto G, the price tag is definitely something that will attract first time smartphone users. Moreover, the Windows 8.1 OS which runs on the phone is reportedly much more refined and personalized as compared to its previous versions.
So, at $114 Lumia 530 is definitely a bargain for people who are looking for a cheap handset.
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