Microsoft has announced its latest Nokia smartphone to hit the UK, with it being the Lumia 530, successor to the immensely popular 520 budget phone released last year.
Microsoft took over Nokia in a deal which went through at the start of this year, and has since expressed its displeasure at some of the budget handsets that were a part of Nokia’s smartphone line-up.
However, it looks as if that angst is held purely against the Nokia Asha product line, after Microsoft officially gave the Lumia 530 a September 4th release date here in the UK.
Packing a 4” 480x854 display, the Lumia 530 is sticking to the budget mantra that was displayed by its predecessor, whilst being surprisingly powerful for its price.
Powered by a quad-core 1.2GHz processor and Snapdragon 200 chipset, you shouldn’t find yourself suffering from lag when on the go with the 530.
Also, with a 512MB RAM, 4GB expandable memory and Adreno 302 GPU, it’s safe to say that you shouldn’t be held down by the Lumia if you’re after a cheap and cheerful option.
Photography has been kept the same this time around however, with the Lumia 530 boasting a 5 megapixel lens on its back side.
Whilst none of these specs are mind blowing, they certainly make the Lumia 530 an attractive proposition if you’re after a phone that won’t be breaking the bank.
This is the first of a trio of phones set to be unveiled by Microsoft this September, with the Lumia 730 and Lumia 830 both due for an appearance at IFA in Berlin, making it a pretty busy time of year for the American manufacturer.
The Lumia 730 is expected to be a mid-range handset focusing on selfies, with a 5 megapixel front facing lens, whilst the 830 is a higher end device with some more powerful specs.
Heading back to the Lumia 530 though, you can expect it to price up at just £60 sim free, making it one of the cheapest handsets on the market this year.
If you’re after a monthly contract, you shouldn’t expect to pay any more than around £20/month with a high usage tariff.
The Lumia 530 will be available to buy online and in-stores from September 4th, and will work on EE, Vodafone, O2 and Three Mobile, along with any subsidiary networks like Orange or T-Mobile which are under EE.
Finally, the Lumia 530 will be sold in four different colours, with green, orange, grey and white taking the reins for its official release, with the possibility of more colours being made available at a later date.
Written by Luke Hatfield