Microsoft to launch super-cheap Lumia 530 in the UK

Microsoft to launch super-cheap Lumia 530 in the UK
Microsoft's Lumia 530 is said to be the company's cheapest Windows Phone device to ever come out. It has already been released in China and India and is now making its way to the UK markets, expected to arrive in 2 weeks time, proudly waving a price tag of $100 (£60).

The Lumia 530 is the successor to the 520 model. It comes with WP 8.1 out of the box and bumps some of the specs of Microsoft's lowest tier. Firstly, the Lumia 530 now comes with a quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 200 clocked at 1,200 MHz and bearing an Adreno 302 graphics chip. The latter is a slight downgrade from the previously used Adreno 305 and we assume it's a result of corner-cutting in order to hit the low price point.

The device will sport the same 5 MP main camera with no flash. Also – still no front-facing camera and no ambient light sensor. The display remains at the same 4" size, however the resolution received a very slight bump – from Lumia 520's 480 x 800 pixels to the Lumia 530's 480 x 854. This steps the PPI up to 245, from 235 – not a very noticeable difference. Otherwise, the new device still sports 512 MB of RAM and still has a 1,430 mAh battery. Its internal storage has been dropped to 4 GB, again – probably due to corners being cut, but it supports a microSD card with up to 128 GB in size.

All in all, this is a very affordable, bare-bones Windows Phone device that comes with decent enough specs to run the OS fluently, as long as the user is not an app addict. It is expected to arrive in the US by the end of this year and we do not expect it to cost more than $99 (off-contract price).


via: Neowin

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Lumia 530
  • Display 4.0" 480 x 854 pixels
  • Camera 5 MP
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 200, Quad-core, 1200 MHz
  • Storage 4 GB + microSDXC
  • Battery 1430 mAh(10h 3G talk time)

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13 Comments

1. NokiaFTW

Posts: 2072; Member since: Oct 24, 2012

Great pricing for some decent specs!

2. itsdeepak4u2000

Posts: 3718; Member since: Nov 03, 2012

Internal should have been 8GB.

3. NokiaFTW

Posts: 2072; Member since: Oct 24, 2012

Internal storage doesn't really matter with WP anymore, since one can move ALL apps and games to the micro SD card, and with 128 gig micro SD card support, 4 GB is more than enough.

4. sprockkets

Posts: 1612; Member since: Jan 16, 2012

Yes it does. Nokia's here maps CANNOT be stored on the SD card. And $100 isn't super cheap either but I wouldn't go below $100 anyhow.

9. hemedans

Posts: 746; Member since: Jun 01, 2013

you can store here maps in sd card even before wp8.1. this feature is available since amber update if am not mistaken. do you own wp?

11. sprockkets

Posts: 1612; Member since: Jan 16, 2012

It was a custom Nokia function that allowed you to do it. Not available on my 630. It gives no option to store on the SD nor move it

13. sgodsell

Posts: 6710; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

The speed of a micro SD card pales in comparison to internal eMMC storage. Internal eMMC version 5.0 goes past 400mb a second. Most micro SD cards are not even half that speed, and the vast majority are only a 1/4 of the speed.

5. tech2

Posts: 3487; Member since: Oct 26, 2012

LOL....I can get Moto E for £80 in UK. Why would I waste my money on this ?

6. brrunopt

Posts: 742; Member since: Aug 15, 2013

why would you waste 20£ more to get the Moto E ?

7. tech2

Posts: 3487; Member since: Oct 26, 2012

-For a bigger display with higher resolution. (Nokia's lower-end model have horrendous display. They still insist on using the god awful TFT display) -Water Resistance & Gorilla Glass 3. -Bigger battery. -1 GB Ram instead of 512 Ram inside 530. -Google Apps. -Better app store. Those are more then enough reason to pay £20 more.

8. elite1dal

Posts: 5; Member since: Jul 18, 2014

If you want to heat up your brain,go get it. Moto E has extremely big SAR degree and it's not so cool as you think.Check the specs on the official Moto E's page

10. hemedans

Posts: 746; Member since: Jun 01, 2013

moto e run wp8.1? does it have here maps? halo? disqus? if not please go troll in other threads

12. sprockkets

Posts: 1612; Member since: Jan 16, 2012

Here maps is so meh. It's nice to be able to use it totally offline but google maps can redirect me even without data. Besides for every app not on android is about 20 not on wp.

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