The battle for highly affordable Windows Phone handsets got even more interesting. Microsoft have just announced the Nokia Lumia 530, which flies onto store shelves this August with a price tag of $115.
Before taxes and subsidies — but this still makes it the cheapest Lumia to date.
It builds on the success of the insanely popular Lumia 520, and comes with similar entry level hardware packed inside. The handset will be released in both single SIM and dual SIM flavors, perfect for emerging markets, where such devices are the most sought after.
Both variants come with 4-inch screen sizes, capable of delivering FWVGA (854 by 480 pixels) resolution, and are powered by the quad-core Snapdragon 200 processor flying at 1.2GHz.
And as expected, the phone features 512MB of RAM, to go with 4GB internal storage, but luckily, also packs in a microSD card slot that can extend this capacity up to the dizzying heights of 128GB. A 5 megapixel camera sits on the back, though there is no front facing option.
Here is a video that shows the Lumia 530 in action:
Powered by Windows Phone 8.1, this budget set offers nearly all the advantages that more expensive devices in this lineup enjoy — Cortana, Action Center, World Flow, and apps like Creative Studio, Cinemagraph, Instagram, Skype and more.
A slower processor, perhaps, but 1GB of RAM would probably have guaranteed a smoother performance when moving in and out of apps. But for what it costs, the Lumia 530 is a great option.
It goes on sale all over the world in bright orange, bright green, white and dark grey.