Nokia Lumia 530 vs Nokia Lumia 525 vs Moto E: entry-level specs showdown

Nokia Lumia 530 vs Nokia Lumia 525 vs Moto E: entry-level specs showdown
Microsoft just expanded its entry-level portfolio of Windows Phone devices with the Nokia Lumia 530, a successor to the Nokia Lumia 525. The latter, as you probably know, is a slightly refined version of the Nokia Lumia 520, Redmond's best-selling smartphone of all time. Thus, don't expect the new Lumia 530 to woo you with anything in the hardware department – after all, it's a low-end device that is targeted at emerging markets.

Microsoft's latest affordable device is equipped with a quad-core Snapdragon 200 SoC, 512MB of RAM, 4GB of native storage, and a 1430mAh juicer at the rear, which is touted as being able to keep the Lumia 530 kicking and ticking up to 22 days in standby mode. Oh, and it comes with the latest version of Redmond's OS, Windows Phone 8.1. The affordable device will retail at $114 before taxes and subsidies.

Well, okay, but how does the device fare against its predecessor? Does it deliver or is it just a minor improvement, similar to the Android-powered Nokia X2? Frankly said, we suppose that some may solely view Windows Phone 8.1 as a sound enough reason to upgrade to the Lumia 530, but that might not be the case for everybody. Let's check out the spec sheets and see if the Lumia 530 is a trooper, at least on paper. Note that we've also thrown in another affordable champ, the Motorola Moto E, for a good measure.

So, can you distinguish a clear winner or you're on the fence?

Display

Size

4.0 inches
4.3 inches
4.0 inches

Technology

IPS LCD
 
LCD

Screen-to-body

58.46 %
63.10 %
59.22 %

Features

Ambient light sensor, Proximity sensor, Scratch-resistant glass
Oleophobic coating, Scratch-resistant glass, Ambient light sensor, Proximity sensor
Proximity sensor

Hardware

System chip

Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Plus MSM8227
Qualcomm Snapdragon 200 8210
Qualcomm Snapdragon 200

Processor

Dual-core, 1000 MHz, Krait
Dual-core, 1200 MHz, ARM Cortex-A7
Quad-core, 1200 MHz, ARM Cortex-A7

GPU

Adreno 305
Adreno 302
Adreno 302

RAM

1GB
1GB LPDDR2
0.5GB LPDDR2

Internal storage

8GB
4GB
4GB

OS

Windows Phone, 8
Android (4.4.4, 4.4.3, 4.4.2)
Windows Phone, 8.1

Battery

Capacity

1430 mAh
1980 mAh
1430 mAh

Talk time

16.90 hours
the average is 17 h (996 min)
 
13.40 hours
the average is 17 h (996 min)

Stand-by time

14.0 days (336 hours)
the average is 20 days (472 h)
 
22.0 days (528 hours)
the average is 20 days (472 h)

Talk time (3G)

10.60 hours
the average is 19 h (1110 min)
 
10.00 hours
the average is 19 h (1110 min)

Music playback

48.00 hours
 
51.00 hours

Video playback

5.90 hours
 
5.50 hours

Camera

Rear

Single camera
Single camera
Single camera

Main camera

5 MP (Autofocus)
5 MP
5 MP

Specifications

Aperture size: F2.4; Focal length: 28 mm
 
Aperture size: F2.4; Focal length: 28 mm; Sensor size: 1/4"

Video recording

1280x720 (HD) (30 fps)
Resolution, 854 x 480 pixels 30 fps
Resolution, 864 x 480 pixels 30 fps

Recording format

MPEG4, H.264
MPEG4, H.263, H.264
MPEG4, H.264

Features

 
Picture-taking during video recording, Video sharing
Video sharing

Design

Dimensions

4.72 x 2.52 x 0.39 inches (119.9 x 64 x 9.9 mm)
4.91 x 2.55 x 0.48 inches (124.8 x 64.8 x 12.3 mm)
4.71 x 2.45 x 0.46 inches (119.7 x 62.3 x 11.7 mm)

Weight

4.37 oz (124.0 g)
the average is 6.5 oz (184 g)
5.01 oz (142.0 g)
the average is 6.5 oz (184 g)
4.55 oz (129.0 g)
the average is 6.5 oz (184 g)

Resistance

 
Splash
 

Features

 
Interchangeable covers, Notification light
Notification light, Interchangeable covers

Buyers information

Price

 
$ 129
 


Related phones

Lumia 525

PhoneArena Score:

7.8

User Score:

8.0
  • OS Windows Phone 8
  • Display 4.0 inches 800 x 480 pixels
  • Camera 5 MP (Single camera)
  • Hardware Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Plus 1GB RAM
  • Storage 8GB, microSDXC
  • Battery 1430 mAh
Moto E

PhoneArena Score:

9.0

User Score:

9.3
  • Display 4.3 inches 960 x 540 pixels
  • Camera 5 MP (Single camera)
  • Hardware Qualcomm Snapdragon 200 1GB RAM
  • Storage 4GB, microSDHC
  • Battery 1980 mAh
  • OS Android 4.4.4

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