Nokia unveils ultra-affordable Lumia 530 with Windows Phone 8.1

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Lumia-530It’s sad that perhaps Nokia’s most highly anticipated release of 2014 targets the low-end branch of the smartphone market, but even with Microsoft completely behind the erstwhile mobile giant, the Lumia makers can’t abandon the entry-level boat for bolder high-end goals.

Only the just-announced Lumia 530 looks like a downgrade rather than an upgrade over the 525 on paper, so it’s unlikely to be able to replicate the roaring box-office success of the budget champion that was and still is the Lumia 520.

Granted, the recommended retail price at the time of Lumia 530’s launch next month is considerably south of 520’s original ask, however with mighty Android contenders such as Motorola’s Moto E around, you have to wonder whether the cheapest Windows Phone 8.1 device to date is worth €100, taxes included, outright.

That’s the equivalent of $135, although obviously stateside it should translate into roughly $100, which remains a bit steep for a 4 incher with 512 MB RAM and 4 GB storage space on board. Sure, the quad-core 1.2 GHz Snapdragon 200 chip is pretty darn impressive, but otherwise, the spec sheet is underwhelming.

And we’re being kind. Diplomacy aside, the 5 MP autofocus-lacking rear-facing camera is a disaster, and so is the TFT screen’s 854 x 480 pixels resolution. Also, there’s no front-facing snapper. And though a tiny 1,430 mAh battery is in charge of power, the Lumia 530 measures a whopping 11.7 mm in thickness. Are you sure you didn’t mean to refresh the Asha or X lines here, Microsoft? Because it feels like the 530 is really not a respectable Lumia “upgrade”.

Via [Nokia Conversations]

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