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?

Nokia Lumia 530 vs Nokia Lumia 525 vs Motorola Moto E

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Display

Size

4.0 inches
4.0 inches
4.3 inches

Technology

LCD
IPS LCD
 

Screen-to-body

59.22 %
58.46 %
63.10 %

Features

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

Hardware & Performance

System chip

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

Processor

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

GPU

Adreno 302
Adreno 305
Adreno 302

RAM

0.5GB LPDDR2
1GB
1GB LPDDR2

Internal storage

4GB
8GB
4GB

OS

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

Battery

Capacity

1430 mAh
1430 mAh
1980 mAh

Talk time

13.40 hours
the average is 17 h (995 min)
16.90 hours
the average is 17 h (995 min)
 

Stand-by time

22.0 days (528 hours)
the average is 21 days (514 h)
14.0 days (336 hours)
the average is 21 days (514 h)
 

Talk time (3G)

10.00 hours
the average is 21 h (1280 min)
10.60 hours
the average is 21 h (1280 min)
 

Music playback

51.00 hours
48.00 hours
 

Video playback

5.50 hours
5.90 hours
 

Camera

Rear

Single camera
Single camera
Single camera

Main camera

5 MP
5 MP (Autofocus)
5 MP

Specifications

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

Video recording

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

Recording format

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

Features

Video sharing
 
Picture-taking during video recording, Video sharing

Design

Dimensions

4.71 x 2.45 x 0.46 inches (119.7 x 62.3 x 11.7 mm)
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)

Weight

4.55 oz (129 g)
the average is 6.4 oz (184 g)
4.37 oz (124 g)
the average is 6.4 oz (184 g)
5.01 oz (142 g)
the average is 6.4 oz (184 g)

Resistance

 
 
Splash

Features

Notification light, Interchangeable covers
 
Interchangeable covers, Notification light

Shopping information

MSRP

 
 
$ 129


Related phones

Lumia 525
  • Display 4.0 inches
    800 x 480 pixels
  • Camera 5 MP (Single camera)
    front
  • Hardware Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Plus, 1GB RAM
  • Storage 8GB, microSDXC
  • Battery 1430 mAh
  • OS Windows Phone 8
Moto E
  • Display 4.3 inches
    960 x 540 pixels
  • Camera 5 MP (Single camera)
    front
  • Hardware Qualcomm Snapdragon 200, 1GB RAM
  • Storage 4GB, microSDHC
  • Battery 1980 mAh
  • OS Android 4.4.4

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