by Priyanka Jaiswal, a blogger who works with MyPriceIndia
Microsoft announced the Nokia Lumia 530 Single SIM and Lumia 530 Dual SIM smartphones on 23th July . This model is Microsoft’s first Windows Phone handset in the Lumia series after it had acquired Nokia. By contrast, the Lumia 630 was announced just few days before the deal of Nokia acquisition closed. Lumia 530 is a budget Windows smartphone which is announced with the ever lowest price in Lumia series. It is priced at around INR 6840 ($114). This phone should hit the shelves of mobile phone stores this month [August 2014].
Specifications for both models of the phone – Lumia 530 Single SIM and Lumia 530 Dual SIM are the same except that the later comes with a Dual Sim functionality.
“It appears that the camera is the one area where manufacturer did not concentrate”
Let’s look at the main technical details …
Processor: The Lumia 530 will come with Qualcomm Snapdragon 200 Quad Core processor clocked at 1.2 GHz along with 512 MB RAM and 4GB internal memory (which is expandable up to 128 GB).
This phone will running the latest version of Microsoft Windows Phone OS – 8.1.
Display and Battery: This phone features a 4 inch TFT LCD screen with 480 X 854 pixels screen resolution and 244 ppi pixel density.
According to the screen size this resolution should provide a clear and bright screen.
This handset comes pre loaded with Instagram, Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn and – significantly, WhatsApp.
It comes with a 1430 mAh, Li-ion battery which gives a talk time of about 14 hours on 2G and 10 hours on 3G.
Camera: This budget Windows phone sports a 5MP primary camera at the rear. It does not have a Flash facility and secondary camera.
This primary camera comes with fixed focus which could be a disappointment, so the camera does not look very promising on this phone.
It appears that this (the camera) is the one area where manufacturer did not concentrate in order to be able to bring it down to this price. However, this phone will support 4G LTE.
These handsets will be available in vibrant colours like Bright Orange, bright Green, White and Dark Grey.
These bright colours have been the USP of Lumia series and even after Microsoft acquiring Nokia, this colourful series will run with the same.
Conclusion: Overall a decent Windows Smartphone designed for low budget buyers.
This phone will be competing with budget smartphones like Motorol’s Moto E, Micromax Unite 2, Asus Zenfone 4, HTC Deisre 210, Sony Xperia E1.
So a quick run through its Good and Bad points …
Good: Supports 4G, Quad Core Processor
Bad: No LED Flash and front camera, Camera lacks Auto Focus
Priyanka Jaiswal is a tech enthusiast and works with MyPriceIndia – an Indian price comparison platform for consumer electronics.