Nokia Lumia 530

Nokia Lumia 530

The Nokia Lumia 520 is Nokia's best-selling phone, with a street price of around €100 for the SIM-free version plus a reasonably large screen and quite decent feature set. The replacement for the 520 is the new Nokia Lumia 530 which is pretty similar in hardware terms but comes with a software upgrade in the form of Windows 8.1 plus some useful add-ons.

Inside the Lumia 530 is a quad-core CPU running at 1.2GHz (up from two cores in the 520) plus 512MB of RAM, 4GB of storage plus a microSD slot, an FM radio and a 1430 mAh battery. Apart from the processor cores, this is pretty much identical to the 520.

On the front is a 4" 480 x 854 pixel LCD display. It's worth pointing out that on the earlier 520 it is an improved IPS "super sensitive" display , so this appears to be a downgrade.. however the 530 does have a true 16:9 aspect ratio unlike the 520 which should help with video playback.

 Nokia Lumia 530 The camera is another odd downgrade, the 530 has a 5 megapixel camera with fixed focus and 480p video capture compared to the autofocus and 720p capable 520. Admittedly, the camera on the 530 exactly matches the screen playback resolution, but if you wanted to upload the videos to YouTube then you might find them a bit small.

Maybe we're nit-picking because this is a sub-€100 smartphone, but these apparent downgrades are a bit odd. Still, it does everything that you'd expect a modern smartphone to do including supporting 3G and WiFi data (not LTE), GPS and GLONASS positioning and Bluetooth 4.0. The Lumia 530 comes in single-SIM and dual-SIM configurations.

The software includes the latest bundle of Windows and Nokia applications which will do pretty much everything you want out-of-the-box, and Windows 8.1 features a greater level of personalisation plus the Cortana assistant. As with all Lumias, it comes in a brightly coloured plastic case with optional changeable shells.

Nokia (well, it's Microsoft these days) say that the Lumia 530 should be available from August onwards for €85 before tax and subsidy in select markets first followed by a global rollout.

Nokia Lumia 530  
Q3 2014
GSM 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900
UMTS 900 / 2100 orUMTS 850 / 900 / 1900 / 2100
GPRS + EDGE + UMTS (3G) + HSPA+ + WiFi
4.0" 854 x 480 pixels
5 megapixels
Medium smartphone
120 x 62 x 11.7mm / 00 grams
Yes (4.0)
Internal memory:
Memory card:
1.2GHz quad-core
Yes (plus GLONASS)
Windows Phone 8.1
Battery life:
10 hours talk / 22 days standby (3G)
1430 mAh cell

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