Entry-level Lumia 530 announced, runs Windows Phone 8.1
Microsoft today announced the Lumia 530, a brand new entry-level Windows Phone. Those who recall the affordable Lumia 520 will know exactly who Microsoft is targeting with its successor. This Windows Phone is the latest handset to come from the tech giant running Windows Phone 8.1 and featuring a quad-core processor to boot. The only difference being the price, which will see both the single-SIM and dual-SIM variants be listed for under €100.
Specifications wise, the Lumia 530 is powered by a 1.2 GHz quad-core Snapdragon 200 processor, a 4-inch LCD display, 5MP shooter, 512MB of RAM and 4GB internal storage (with the option to expand with microSD support). As touched on above, the Lumia 530 will be available in two editions, both single and dual-SIM (3G).
Colour options include bright orange, bright green, white and dark grey. Shells are changeable, as expect. Microsoft plans to launch both handsets in select markets in August. Hit up the Nokia website for more details.
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I agree WP doesn't need that much of RAM to run smoothly but playing even basic games requires it (like Subway Surfer) and some of the apps (like incoming LockScreen app) requires 1 GB. Assuming that even basic user will play some games and install some apps to his/her mobile, can't they give him/her more than what they offered in predecessor? They do add powerful processor to this but somehow adding more RAM is still a blasphemy?
Also benchmarks suggest it is more powerful than snapdragon 400 Posted via Windows Phone Central App
Microsoft on the other hand doesn't wish to have a money-losing phone division. They're not that committed to making phones as it is, already. Making phones at losses will be a no no for the shareholders. And you know what Satya does to money-losing things...
Oh yes, because 1 GB of RAM is SO expensive, right? Windows Phone doesn't need 1GB RAM if apps are optimized, but in reality most apps and games are not optimized enough.
And can you give me proof that Moto E it's being sold at a loss?
You know, Lumia 630 is priced at around $183 in India. IF I go by your +10% price for 1GB RAM, the Lumia 630's price becomes $201.30. I don't think that's much of a problem for people who were already willing to shell out $183. Especially considering the fact that then you can have access to all apps and games (including the very high-end ones - I don't remember much but I think NOVA 3, Spiderman Unlimited 2, GT Racing 2, and few other fall in this category). The extra $18 is worth it if you ask me as you also get to enjoy certain features and apps before they are ported to 512 MB devices (which usually takes around half a year for most games, examples Someway Surfers 2, Temple Run 2).
Well, considering the Snapdragon 200 SoC should be mostly on par with the Snapdragon S4 premium tier SoC ( I think it's referred to as S4 Pro, while the lower ones as S4 play), I don't see any problems. Sure, the games may not run at 60 FPS, but is a decent frame rate like 40 or 45 FPS too much of a problem?
I'm not saying this for me, I'm trying to see this from a regulars point of view.
On eBay you can buy anything as long as someone in China manages to get it from a factory or some vendor. Normal consumers don't buy phones on eBay.
No OEM is in the business to appease the feeling of entitlement some consumers have. They're in it to make money. That they produce these cheap phones at all should already be enough for people. They could all just do what Apple does and simply refuse to sell phones at a loss.
No mate, I want good specs, I pay for them. That's why I only buy flagships. And I don't go around complaining that the phone should just cost 200€ because the One+ One or the Nexus 5 cost $350.
+520 x1000 times
The 630 on the other hand is launching for much more and is essentially the big brother version of the 530... just as the 620 was very much a larger 520. If it quacks like a duck, and it looks like a duck, then it probably isn't a duck because a marketing director somewhere said it was a platypus. All that said, I wish that the 530 (and 630) came with a minimum 1GB of ram. Not for silly hopes at gaming or anything like that, but just to help cut down load times in WP8.1. The core OS runs just fine on 512MB of ram, but there are a lot of core features that are no longer part of the core OS anymore. Music, videos, podcasts, the lock screen app, etc. are all taken out of the OS and now get launched and toombstoned very often, requiring them to be reloaded almost every time you switch to them. Even on my 920 with 1GB of ram this is a bit of a problem if I have more than 2-3 things going on at a time. 1GB should be the minimum standard these days. It really is not asking that much, and with the savings at removing things like capacitive buttons and the camera button one would think that this would be an acceptable tradeoff.
If you give high specs on low cost phones, people will not buy higher end phones. And Microsoft won't make any money.
So if you have zero experience with the device STFU about the 512.
I would have purchased it for my dad if there were more sensor apart from accelometer..
I'll suggest people to wait for Lumia 535 (that may have 1GB RAM, much like 525).
Also they should really give us 820 successor!
Also SD 2 processor vs SD4 lol?
Btw I own a Lumia Icon too, so I don't need to upgrade my 520 to 530. I use my 520 as mp3 player and it does it's job nicely.
Don't know why people complain about spec at that price :-o
And those Care Centres are almost all gone. Samedung on the other hand has opened their first Samsung-store in Lisbon with prospects of more coming... Much to my dismay as I abhor their products :P
The official Nokia Cyan update fix all these issues, and Nokia Lumia 530, 630, 930 comes preloaded with Nokia Cyan. Which means they have no such issues.
I like the iPhone because I've used it for 6 years and it just plain works. I also like windows phone so i sold my 620 and bought a 630. Why do you have to hate on me?
This one should never have been made!
I agree with all the other things you said though....this phone really should be called a 430. The 530 should have had 1GB ram and a VGA front facing camera IMO
Moreover some apps requires to be installed in phone memory.. This makes the available user memory even less.. Games like asphalt.. Six guns.. Halo etc cannot be installed... So I believe this phone will be a big disappointment for heavy gamers who are in a tight budget.. More sales for 520.. Haha
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Well I guess it's supposed to be a low end phone
(The devil is in the detail)
I love how Nokia designed a phone and their innovation on it. Miss them already :'(
512 works great in my 630.
Microsoft will release their much awaited lock screen app and it'll support for devices having RAM minimum 1 GB then they'll optimise it for 512 RAM after some weeks or months..
Else MS should dump WP, n concentrate on developing windows.
Hardware wise I'll pay max.4.5k
That time I saved it for 630,think that I would be a upgraded version of 625. But hardware disappointed me and I dropped than plan n went for Android.
Microsoft should note it down that even fan_boynism has a limit.
But after the awful launch of 630 and now 530.
I guess buy the end of 2015 MS will dump WP.
Since the start of wp in 2011(India), Nokia n MS acted like fools, neglected public demand of hardware.
Nokia gone, time has come for MS too.
Please check out its specification.
Note it down in you cortana notebook that even some or other day MS gives NOKIA app to MICROMAX WP, they won't hike the price at all.
And this thing we all inform know very well.
But definitely disappointed with 630 n 530.
See the impressive looks of 520 [Rectangle] looks better than (Rounded), also 520 has more memory (8GB) 4GB would not be enough, it has only accelerometer and on other sensors, only dual vs quad core will not make people upgrade to 530 in same price.
Try typing without swiping.
U'll laugh that you are making mistakes.. Lolzzzz.
Just the difference is R'A'M.
L520 yellow user
L525: RAM 1 GB, SoC dual core 1 GHz, GPU adreno 305, video capture 720p, display IPS LCD L530: RAM 512 Mb, SoC quad core 1.2 GHz, GPU adreno 302, video capture 480p, display Common LCD. A worthy successor indeed. Simply because we, people of emerging markets are too stupid and loyal.....we only see the NOKIA logo to buy smartphones
I own a 521.
hell..not again if u r limiting many of games and app...