How the Lumia 532 fits into Microsoft's budget lineup

In recent times, Microsoft has had a lot of budget smartphones in the market and that could confuse potential buyers. There are the siblings – Lumia 532 and Lumia 435 – launched together, and the Lumia 535 and Lumia 530 launched a while ago. Of course, there's also the Lumia 430 announced recently, but I haven't had the chance to look at it as yet.

The Lumia 532 and 435 pack in almost similar internals barring a few differences. Let's take a look at how the Lumia 532 is different from the Lumia 435 (our review here) and other budget Lumia devices.

While both devices feature a 4-inch WVGA display and almost look identical, the 532 is powered by the Snapdragon 1.2GHz quad-core processor, while the 435 has the same processor with dual core capability.

Both Lumia 532 and Lumia 435 feature a VGA front camera, but the 532 features a 5 MP fixed focus camera while the 435 features a 2 MP fixed focus camera. Incidentally, the Lumia 630 doesn't feature a front camera, but the Lumia 532 and 435 take care of that.

The Lumia 530 was positioned as the next 520, the bestseller amongst affordable smartphones, but the 4GB internal memory disappointed most. Both, Lumia 532 and 435 feature 8GB of internal storage, with a microSD card slot for expansion up to 128GB.

One of the constant complaints from a section of our readers at Windows Central was about 512 MB RAM, especially around the launch of Lumia 530 and Lumia 630. While I haven't always agreed to that, case in point – Lumia 520 – the recent devices sure need to offer 1GB RAM to be at par with budget Android smartphones in the specifications-driven market. The Lumia 532 and 435 of course offer 1GB RAM, and with the Windows Phone operating system, everyday usage is a breeze.

The Lumia 532 and 435 are well-rounded budget phones offering consistent Windows Phone experience in a great package. The Lumia 532 is a great, compact affordable smartphone, but if you are okay with cutting some corners, the Lumia 435 is even cheaper.

Abhishek Baxi