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Lumia 530 vs Lumia 532 vs Lumia 535: Just what is the difference between the three?

If you're in the market to buy a new, low-cost Microsoft Lumia phone right now, it's a potentially frustrating and confusing place to be. Not least because as of today we've now got a Lumia 530, a Lumia 532 and a Lumia 535 to choose from. To the unsuspecting consumer this closeness in naming means they're similar phones, right? Especially when you consider the Lumia 630/635 and the Lumia 730/735 are basically the same phone.

Regulars in the Windows Central community might be a little more savvy on the differences, but for many others the naming is only the first potentially confusing part of choosing. Here we break it down and try to make some sense of what's what.

The specs

The Specs

Pretty close. In fact the thing that makes the Lumia 535 stand out immediately is the screen size, packing a full extra inch over the 530 and 532. So at least if you get chance to see them all side-by-side in a store, then there's the biggest difference. But, even when you look at the specs on paper, they're all very, very similar.

The biggest difference the 530 has underneath is only 512MB of RAM. With the latest phones from Microsoft coming with 1GB of RAM even at the budget end, app and game limitations based on this are eliminated. Also notable is that 8GB of onboard storage now seems to be the base level. In this situation, more is always better.

Numbers aren't the only story, though. For example the Lumia 535 has auto-focus on its 5MP camera and an LED flash. The other two do not. And it's certainly the choice of the three for the selfie aficionado.

And since they all run – or will soon, depending on where in the world you are right now – the latest version of Windows Phone and Lumia Denim, it's a wash on that front.

So, all three are very similar in terms of hardware and software, but the differences are key. The Lumia 535 is definitely a step up from the other two. Despite the closeness in its name.

So, which one should I buy?

Lumia 535

This one's easier to start answering by saying which one you shouldn't buy. If you're in a location where you can choose from all three, the Lumia 530 is probably the one to avoid. While much of the hardware is on par with the 532 and even in some regards the 535, the important differences are what makes it the 'worst' choice of the three. 512MB of RAM and 4GB of onboard storage aren't going to give you the same experience as double in both cases.

After that it comes partly down to price. The Lumia 532 is set to cost around €79 when it goes on sale while the Lumia 535 is around the €110 mark. Not a huge difference and with the added benefits of a larger display, auto-focus and an LED flash on the camera, it's the one we'd recommend if you can afford the extra cash.

What's also clear is that the Lumia 530 should either be due for a price reduction or even be discontinued altogether. The Lumia 532 is the clear winner from those two.

If you've got your own pointers to add, be sure to drop them into the comments below!

Richard Devine is an Editor at Windows Central. A former Project Manager and long-term tech addict, he joined Mobile Nations in 2011 and has been found on Android Central and iMore as well as Windows Central. Currently you'll find him covering all manner of PC hardware and gaming, and you can follow him on Twitter and Instagram.

245 Comments
  • 530 would never be a choice
  • (for you)
  • It should be scrapped entirely.
  • Most definitely. It really should have never happened.
  • Who would it be better for? It costs about the same as the 530, but has way better specs. This is what happens when you're not bleeding money and don't have to constantly cut corners like Nokia did.
  • Just you wait until Microsoft presents its shareholders the losses of Microsoft Mobile and you'll see what happens ;) Enjoy it while it lasts. Posted via the Windows Central App for Android
  • The shareholders are the ones who approved the acquisition. They're not going to look at the first quarter after Microsoft starts making 1st party hardware (from a division they knew was bleeding money) and go "welp, I'm out. Shut it down!"
  • Yet again, your blind fanbopys thwarts your ability to read. Your sick fanboy mind puts words in my mouth that I didn't speak. WHERE, pray, did I mentioned quarters? That's right. Your desperate fanatical head created those words.   I said and I will repeat: when Microsoft's shareholders start to see the losses of MM (and I'm talking about repeated losses because, unless you're not aware of it, no OEM makes money on budget smartphones), they'll call for the sale of MM or its simple shut down. They will not allow anyone at Microsoft's board to insist on losing money. The BoD already has a hard time keeping the Xbox division within Microsoft let alone keeping a surrogate company that was bought against the will of the current CEO and out of the refusal of a former CEO in admitting his plan had failed.   Put this in your tiny stubborn mind: Satya Nadella is NOT interested in the manufacture of smartphones. "Microsoft the OEM" went out the door with Baboon Ballmer. The new Microsoft is about software and services. Not about producing phones. If MM doesn't turn in profits, Microsoft shareholders won't keep it around. Plain and simple.
  • I have a slightly different take on the MM thing.  Look at their purchase another way.  What if they didn't purchase Nokia devices and Nokia shifted to Android (which they were entitled to do - the deal with MS on using WP was finite and not exclusive, believe it or not).  That would have left WP flagging or all but dead.  I think is was a purely defensive play and that they will sell the division to a Lenovo or HP when they get some traction amongst other OEMs.  They could not afford to leave the future of WP in someone else's hands.  You're right that Nadella doesn't care so much for being a seller of mobile devices.  He's said himself he doesn't measure the success of WP by sheer sales volume; but that doesn't mean he does not need to care about WP per se.  He has to if he is true to the cloud first, mobild first rhetoric.  Over a quarter of their revenue comes from operating systems and another third comes from office (the vast majority of which is office running on windows).  He can't afford to not care about WP.
  • Really? Most of Android and iOS users I know doesn't use Microsoft consumer services (Outlook.com, OneDrive, OneNote, etc). If the only mobile platform was drive to non-existent, what will happen to the so called Cloud first, Mobile first thing? Cloud first maybe ... On the server side (a.k.a Azure) and Office 365. Mobile first? Not so much.
  • Satya  is a man of the bigger picture. Windows is still Microsoft prime product, and for Windows to be a succes in this ever changeing world, Windows needs to be able to compete with Android and iOS in the mobilemarkets. Satya knows that. He knows he has to push mobile by every means possible. And try to get consumers and businesses using Microsoft services on a Windows device should be his first goal, the second goal is offering the option to use Microsoft services on other platforms. If Microsoft ends the Windows Phone platform and give this markets to Google (and Apple) its just a matter of time before Google pushes harder and deeper in the traditional PC market, starting to hurt Microsoft where it hurts the most. And the most importend thing, why Microsoft must push Windows Phone is Bing.com, people use a lot of Microsoft services on competing platforms, but they dont use Bing. They need Windows Phones for people to use bing automaticly, to increase Bing's marketshare and let people experinces first hand that Bing is a decent alternitive to Google. And the shareholders also see the bigger picture with Windows on Mobile devices. XBOX is also a very important product line for Microsoft. Not so in much in its earnings compared to other product lines of the company but it is for the technology its developing and for its recognition in the gaming industrie, wich still is one of Windows uniqeu qoulaties over competing (desktop) platforms. Shareholders recognize the importance of the Xbox division, not all but most do. Microsoft shareholders have never been shortsighted, and they never will. But whatr bugs me the most is, Google pores billions of money in to there ridiculous lab X projects and no one ever complanes abouth that. But Micrsofot losing some money, trying to fight its way in serious and established markets is considerd burning money. This 2 standarded view of most people when it comes to tech companies I will never understand!!      
  • Hi DJCBS, high five!
  • why don't you just go enjoy Android Central? We know you carry a Droid now since you love announcing it to the world. I guess you're a millionaire since you constanlty defend Nokia and some of the bad moves they've made. You never acknowlege error Nokia made prior to the joint venture and eventual sell of the D/S division to MS. The fact  of the matter is, is that most people here including myself love Nokia and still carry their phones. The difference is, is that we won't hesitate to call Nokia or Microsoft out for mis-steps.
  • @OMG55 "The difference is, is that we won't hesitate to call Nokia or Microsoft out for mis-steps." That's a complete lie, and you know it. Microsoft can do no wrong, here. Every time Microsoft is called out for doing something wrong or not doing something, you diehards reply with something along the lines of "why don't you just go enjoy Android Central? We know you carry a Droid now since you love announcing it to the world." Or, my personal favorite: "lagdroid sucks, Goggle is the debil!" The fact of the matter is this: Windows 10 had better be as great as everyone seems to think it will be, the app situation needs to improve slightly (progress has been made), and Microsoft needs to release some flagship devices this year. The funny thing is, if Microsoft doesn't release a flagship this year, people like you will still blindly defend them! If the app situation doesn't improve, people like you will respond that you have all the apps you need, so why add anymore to the platform. If Windows 10 is no better than Windows 8.1, people like you will respond that users or potential new users are asking for too much. In all of these cases, you will defend Microsoft to the bitter end, and they can do no wrong in your eyes. Now, reply back with an ad hominem attack, and tell me that I'm wrong. Tell me to go back to Lagdroid Central. I'm waiting.
  • MERCDROID; "Now, reply back with an ad hominem attack, and tell me that I'm wrong. Tell me to go back to Lagdroid Central. I'm waiting." Ok since you asked, This is ad hominem attack, You are wrong, go back to Lagdroid central, you don't have to wait. There you got your wish or request
  • I agree completely with both mercdroid and djcbs. Ms can't do wrong here(if other brands are in equation) and they probably will have lost money. And he or they can respond or reply here like everybody else. They are realistic instead of extreme fanboys. The hopes for W10 are cute but I've yet to see it pan out in the real world, as much as I want it to
  • Then we must be reading two different Windows Centrals. I see people bash Microsoft for things they didn't even do.
  • Yup you're right...:D In fact Daniel had to make a mention of how the moods here have changed in the VLC article...Y'all idiots who think people dont go bonkers on MS should read the comments here more often...
  • The thing most people here fail to accept is that, regardless of how "amazing" Windows Mobile 10 could be, Microsoft is only putting out budget phones. They all speak of "it's to grow marketshare to attract developers". Well, good luck with that. They keep forgetting two things: developers want to profit from their apps. And people who buy budget phones are less prone to buy apps of IAPs because the simple fact that they decided to waste little money on the phone is already indicative of lack of interest in paying for mobile offerings. Developers have no interest in a OS whose marketshare is comprised 90% of budget phones. Budget phones which any OEM always produces at a loss. They don't seem to understand that Microsoft isn't a charity and they're in it for the money. If this Eflop strategy of flooding the market with budget phones doesn't work (and it won't), Microsoft's shareholders won't tolerate a surrogate company (Microsoft Mobile) to continue to operate for much longer. Actually, the fact that Microsoft created Microsoft Mobile instead of moving the ex-Nokia D&S team inside Microsoft should have already given them a hint that Microsoft has a backup plan to get rid of the losses quickly is they continue for long.   But most of these fanboys that cry "WE WANT A FLAGSHIP!" don't even realize that such a cry should happen because they want MM to thrive. No. They cry "We want a flagship" because they are spoiled. And when someone points out that Microsoft might shut down MM if losses continue, they still can't grasp "why" and shout the same old clichés about "lagdroid" and "haters gona hate" etc etc.
  • are you better than the thousands people of microsoft who strategize their plan?
  • "Every time Microsoft is called out for doing something wrong or not doing something, you diehards reply with something" Every OS has people like that. Just the same in AC. Hard to find people that call google out on their many missteps. I remember you from AC and I know you don't fall on that list, but here theres a couple of us that aren't blinded by our OS of choice. Like many people here we come from other OS'es I myself went from blackberry 9350 to the EVO LTE and then lumia 925. Companies like google and Microsoft don't need to sweat the market so much, even more so Microsoft who has several billion dollar branches. Google itself has had many software product failures and it just renames them and keeps trying until its successful. example Google Notebooks > functionality Google Docs. Google Wave? dead. Google Catalog? you get the idea, I can name several from Microsoft too of course.
  • Oh and when is the last time you installed a Million apps? I have all the apps I need on my windows phone!
  • Wasn't there just a story about having 500k+ apps in the windows/windows phone store?
  • Go back ... You seam to forget about the l930 it is the currant FLAG SHIP! We are still in the 30's
  • You seem to think stating facts is automatically equal to defending.
  • You probably can't read, right? I've called out Nokia more than once. I've said more than once that they were late to respond to the iPhone. I've said more than once that they played it wrong by not going with Android. I've said more than once Nokia was bleeding when Eflop arrived. Then he decided to cut the leg and made it worse. Simple as that. I don't carry my Nokia branded device because, first the 930 has given me nothing but headaches with hardware defects (which only cessed to surprise me once I've found out the MM branding inside it pointing to the fact that it wasn't manufactured on Nokia's watch already). And I don't carry it anymore because I don't have to put up with an OS that keeps on pretending to catch up and that is now fully managed by a company that has made it clear more than once that said OS isn't a priority for them. And I will go wherever the hell I damn well please. Put that in your tiny head. This isn't Windows PHONE Central anymore. This is WINDOWS Central. It so happens that my PCs runs Windows, My SP3 runs Windows, my email client belongs to Microsoft, my cloud solution is Microsoft's, my productivity tools are Microsoft's and one of my gaming consoles is the XBone. Do you get the picture now? I probably own more Microsoft powered devices than you. That's why Windows Central continues to be an important source of news for me, regardless of how much money I have which is none of your concern.   I don't give a sh*t about WP anymore and I couldn't care less about its future. If I were at the BoD at Microsoft, MM would be sold next week. Apart from that, everything else concerning Microsoft interests me.   And now I'm going to pick up "my Droid" where I run all of Microsoft's ecosystem much better than I did on WP and where I don't get constant "resuming..." screens.
  • Enjoy your droid while it gets no updates whatsoever and starts lagging after sometime, Sony is shutting down, and my 3 year old 620 from 2012 gets Windows 10 while you are stuck on 4.4. :D
  • Unlike Nokia Microsoft board are for a company making billions not one about to sink. So why you may hate Microsoft mobile stop acting like you know what the board will do. They most certainly wont sell the majority of there company like Nokia did. Stop living in the past and get over it Microsoft is just a better company then Nokia ever was always has been always will be. Haters going to hate and you are a hater so do the windows community a favor and go bug the android fans tell them how Nokia is going to make a comeback in 2016 and kick Samsung out of first place in market share and watch them laugh you out of there.
  • You apparently aren't aware that Microsoft Mobile is a separate company from Microsoft. Yes, Microsoft kept the mobile division separate so that the losses of MM don't affect Microsoft's shares. You're right, Microsoft won't sell out of the company like Nokia did. They don't have to. They already placed Microsoft Mobile outside the company Yes, Microsoft has billions. You know how those billions WON'T multiply? By being sent into a sinking ship.    The rest of your comment is worthless to reply to.
  • Kind of like how Nokia presented the losses to their shareholders before they approved the D&S sale to Microsoft, right?
  • No its kind of Samsung and apple sued every now and then for cheating......
  • Goodnes cant you just relax and get over it. You love Nokia we all get it. You despise MS for buying the phone division of Nokia. You would have rather seen Nokia die bankrupt than see them try to dig out of a pile of dung that Nokia created on its own many years before. Decisions that Nokia shareholders made before Microsoft was involved. Had Nokia shareholdersbeen thinking about the future rather than the profits maybe the would be a world leader in cell phones still. They didnt and they are where they are. Live with it and stop blaming Microsoft for seeing an oppertunity and taking it. Nokia made the same mistake IBM, TI, GM, and other great companies of thier time. The believed the were bigger, better,smarter and richer than the competition. Thier own lack of vision and arrogance cost them. I love my 920 and will use it untill something better comes along. It makes me sad tha Nokia is no more but that was Nokias choice. Please whatever you do dont buy a Microsoft Phone. It seems you have attaced youself to companies who cant succeed in the market. Sony seems to be bailing on you as well. Humor Intended.    
  • One for you to ponder on, The next top end phones will be the ones you build/ select components you desire & fits your price range & it's closer than you. More than likely when W10 is on the go, it's the only way forward, as everyone has different needs & ideas of spec,
  • I'm not yet sure the majority of people will be into custom phones much like the majority was never into custom PCs. In either case, Project Ara is from Google. So there, too, Microsoft is lagging behind.
  • While I do like the idea of custom phones where I can select any component that match my needs, I doubt it will success in the near future. Most people simply buy the phone they like. All they do care was number of cores, ram and storage and most of those combination already covered by current phones. Specs is just for geeks like us. And like DJCBS said, eventhough Google already sold Motorola to Lenovo, project Ara stays at Google hands. So Microsoft do lagging behind.
  • So bring smart phones to people who could never afford one in the past is a bad thing? Who said phones needed to be $700 ? Canadian? Telus thinks so. I dont. I am glad that one day people out there can use a phone that works well! And runs Microsoft Windows! Not some crappy android Linux bock off!!! I dont need to type posted on.... That is just becoming overly pathetic. Time to move on with your advertising in a post.
  • 1 - That signature is automatic from the Windows Central App for Android. If you don't like it, complain to the Windows Central team.   2 - "So bring smart phones to people who could never afford one in the past is a bad thing" Economically? Yes it is. Microsoft isn't a charity and these budget phones are costing them thousands if not millions. There's a reason why Apple only produces costly iPhones you know? It's because they are only interested in selling phones that make profits for them. So yes, for companies all phones should cost 600€. They just release these budget ones to try and entice you to then buy a better version of it. Google is the only company that profits from a flood of cheap Androids and you know why? Because unlike Microsoft and Apple, Google's business is advertisement. So the more data for ads they get from you, the better even if your phone is a little Samsung brick. And guess what? Google doesn't produce smartphones.
  • So lets go back to the early 80s. A company like well Microsoft had the Idea to bring computers into homes and make it affordable. Look what happened to them today.... You really think its a bad idea to make phones affordable... Since we don't know the profit margins on these phones its hard to argue as your point that they will lose money on the price of the phone isn't exactly provable. Will see how they do in time with there financial reports.
  • Dude...your hate for MS is just plain biased...they are doing alright if you ask me...plus theres a good chance youre gonna come back to Lumias cause Sony looks like its digging a grave for its mobile division anyway... i dont see what other OEM you would prefer if not Sony... Lets pause and take a good look here...Lumias are slowly turning out to be all rounders cause of the support from the OS side as well as the Hardware side in comparison to any other OEMs (except Apple) and there isnt a reason to worry anymore about our OEM going kaput unlike others cause in their interest MS will keep pumping in money until they turn the business around. So forget the bias...MS has changed overall on the customer front...they seem more approchable and friendly and they are starting to set the right bar for ethical business which is probably what you look for when you prefer a company....they are way better than they were 2 years back...
  • Huh?! What?
  • Too many choices...
  • Not if you want a flagship on AT&T. Then there are no options.
  • ...in regards to the cheapos.
  • I'm typing this using the 530 because my 1020 is in repairs and I need a really cheap phone for the time being
  • I guess the 530 will get a price cut when 532 enters a market...
  • I bought my mother a 530, just because she needed a basic smartphone, and its only £35 GBP / €45 EUR / $53 USD from Carphone warehouse unlocked, (comes with o2 sim, but the phones are all unlocked).
  • Yeah. I think the 435/532 will replace dumbphones, as if the 530 can be that cheap, I'm sure the 435 will end up cheaper :P
  • Maybe not. The 435 had 1GB of RAM. I'd rather a 435 over a 530 in many ways.
  • Also if you upgrade you get the 530 from CPW For £15, when it came out not 6 month ago it was £80.00. MS are doing right correcting Nokia mistake with 512mbr & 4GB storage, 1GBR IS PERFECT
  • I bought the 530 to my parents over the 520 because of the processing power, and because the 535 is too big for them... Now that the 532 is coming out, I think the 520, 521, 525 and 530 should be completely discontinued.
    And even though my parents love the 530, I kinda regret it now... I wish I knew the 532 was coming.
    It seems odd how Microsoft is coming up only with low end devices, I know they're probably waiting to finish Windows 10 before releasing flagships, but it also seems like they're trying to "fix" and establish a proper standard for budget phones... However, I don't see that being actually fixed until they get rid of the models I mentioned before. I'd love to see that happening soon.
  • MS should discontinue the L520, L530 and L620 phones to avoid confusion. 
  • Confusion fail
  • Are they the same size phone or is that just the picture lol
  • Just the picture I think considering that the 535 has a 5inch Posted via the Windows Central App for Android
  • Weird how the 535 has a flash and a 5mp front facing camera while the 630 has neither...
  • Yeah that's a whole other point of confusing people. But for the purposes of this post we've limited it to just three phones!
  • Because the 535 was made by Microsoft and the 630 was made by Nokia. It's obvious that Nokia lost touch with what's important to low end phones or they didn't foresee mobile like Microsoft did where bigger screens, a ffc, and more RAM will be more appealing to consumers.
  • Lol, it's the same company... A name change has nothing to do with this...
  • Different policies, leadership, and the fear that your company may go out of business do a lot for a product (; Plus, just because the same people are making the phone, it doesn't meant that the direction or the decision of what specs to include is the same. Microsoft clearly values ffc and RAM more than Nokia did.
  • No, but the stabilization of their finances might have. MS can take a little bit less margin on the phones without it bankrupting them.
  • Dude, you'd better be careful saying things about Nokia.....DJCBS will jump you case!!!!! He's an attorney.
  • Haha he already has. I'm not saying it just to piss off Nokia fans, but its obvious that Nokia just couldn't meet or didn't foresee what consumers wanted in their phones. The 930 and 630/5 both had glaring problems with them, so many reviewers panned it, then the 530 was met with a thud. Then, Microsoft starts rebooting the entire line with their take on Lumia and suddenly the specs and prices are awesome and people are genuinely excited by them.
    This is just a theory and it may not be true, but I think a lot of it was that Microsoft is a lot more interested in consumer feedback than Nokia was. Nokia was content on doing its own thing while Microsoft heard the complaints that consumers wanted a ffc and 1GB RAM, so they gave us what we wanted.
  • Doesn't MM have the same phone designers and the same leaders as Nokia D&S, or were there some changes made when MM was formed?
  • MS are the difference. They will be well aware that the extra GB frees up masses of options going forward. Their low end benchmarks are much more suited to the future needs and intentions of a software company. These low end floods also are leaving plenty of room for others to step up and produce mid and top tier phones, which is possibly where the higher margins are.
  • There are certainly trade offs though. That snapdragon 200 provides piss poor performance & can only record 480p video. (MAX)
  • Yup, at least the 630 have the Snapdragon 400. Posted via the Windows Central App for Android
  • One is Nokia wrong the other is MS Correcting & setting a standard as someone said earlier
  • The 735 :v
  • Just choose one with Microsoft logo.
  • 530 is just for someone who just wants to make calls period.
  • No its not. Period. Or a semi-colon, perhaps. :P
  • Ehm.. What products did Microsoft launch a few weeks ago? For those in the (strictly) calling business.
  • 530 its a dead phone.
  • Which phones are alive..? Last I heard they were made of either plastics or metals..!!
    I thought that you were a very knowledgeable person Zapella..!!
  • In my country
    530 : $110
    535 : $140
    All of them unlocked, so they should reducing 530 price.
    I think, when 530 drop below $100 , i consider to buy it as a 2nd phone.
    It'll be great for nav and music.
  • We need to see a flag ship phone to keep people into windows phone.
  • No, flagship phones only attract people looking for flagship phones. There's obviously a huge market of people buying mid and low end devices. Flagship devices aren't the answer to attracting the next million. Or the million after that.
  • Don't be silly Richard. People in emerging markets pick their phones by looking at flagships that they can't afford, then decide "I want the cheap version of that" /s
  • And it's working great for Samsung ;-)
  • Sony..Micromax..Motorola..Xiomi too..!!
  • It's working great for Sony too!
  • Sony has not made money on it smartphone line in quite awhile. In fact they though about dropping out of the smartphone business when they sold the computer line.
  • Cant believe Sony is another one falling hard :( Nokia, Sony... two great giants. HTC is hanging on a limb lol man I loved my EVO LTE. anyway yeah, this smartphone market is tricky business
  • Idk. MS straight up said they saw a significant bump of sales of 520s after running a bunch of ads for the 1020. Halo Effects are real. And the Lumia line has a real brand recognition problem, at least in the US; having really amazing flagships is a way to get people to positively associate with the brand. It is important not to have a giant gaping hole there, even if the mainstream parts are more important for volume.
  • The next flagship is when W10 is established & stable, it will be design & select your own components, also upgrade components over time as funds permit.
  • Flagships allow steadfast evangelist for the platform to have something to show off to those who will then go out and buy an entry or mid level device. No flagship devices IS hurting.
  • It's hurting us, yes. But it's not the sole basis for increasing market share.
  • Nothing is the sole basis for increasing market share, except availability, I guess. Problem with WP and flagships is that very little is done with them; apart from camera phones, there is very little immediately perceivable advantage to having a WP flagship. Or that is the perception anyways, often enforced by fans ("WP doesn't need more than 512MB", until it suddenly did). In every iPhone launch, Apple shows off new tech that is only available for them, and often only available to, or clearly best experienced with, their latest phone. High end gaming is not a major market for third parties, but it is a great marketing gimmick for the platform, assuming exclusivity of course. With the money MS has poured into marketing WP/W8, they could have made 5 "Destiny"s for their platforms, and let press do their marketing for them, while actually benefitting their customers with content.
  • Yes we need a new flagship phone. Im waiting for the next 1520....
  • Lumia 535 looks very attractive in that point.
  • Also, country availability could matter as well.
  • I think you forget to mention that Microsoft lumia 532 has Glance screen.
  • I don't believe it has the hardware to support glance.
  • Yes, a very important feature.
  • yew forget the flash in the table :P  
  • It's in the part of the post that has words in it. Twice.
  • Epic reply
  • Might as well add it to the table too then. ;)
  • With replies like that ,you'll probably hurt the dude.
  • outch :p
  • Hahahahahahah
  • U are looking at the legs of that table. Huh!
  • The 530 is only for music or make phone calls and messages
  • No..It can run many apps+games and take shots too..!! It can also be used to read books/documents or either watch porn..!!
    And much more....
  • Basically nothing...its releasing phones for the sake of it. Diluting the brand so much, the 535 Is better than the 630? Microsoft need to sort out their range...theyre like Samsung but in low range...throwing out tons of similar phones with one tiny difference each time.
  • No the reason why it's confusing like this is because. the 630,730,530 and 830 are made from Nokia while the 535, 532 and 435 are made by Microsoft. But Microsoft is refreshing the whole Lumia line
  • 100% of Microsoft-branded handsets have 1GB of RAM so far. I'm liking what I'm seeing. :-)
  • I am going to get a 535 when they arrive in Canada. I have been happy with a 520 for over a year. I don't need a highend phone.
  • A word of warning.It has a snapdragon 200 so you will only be able to record 480p video.
  • Go for 1GB version of 630 if they are available :P
  • Even if it can run the apps that require 1gb ram, the performance is always disappointing, from my experience. I mean compared to high end offerings. But I guess if you don't have anything to compare it to.. You'll be satisfied.
  • Indeed and that's just it. When you don't compare devices directly you wont notice most thing. If the spec difference isn't to big that is haha. Sd 810 vs 200 you probably will.
  • This comparison between new low end models now makes much more sense if we consider that Microsoft will most probably retire older Nokia's (520/525) Lumia range to avoid quite possible confusion. It will be interesting to see how will MS position new Lumia range (6xx,7xx,8xx,etc.)...
  • The Lumia brand should be more especific when numbering their phones... Classify them in order of power... Like anything fromm 5xx will be lower than 6xxx and the 7xxx lower in specs than thos os 8xx series and so forth... Just like they did it now...
  • As for now...that classification is going well I believe..only that they screwed it when comparing 5xx and the 6xx's
  • Yeah.I was disappointed with the 635.
  • Not really though, the 730 and 830 have the same processor... One has a better rear camera, one a better front camera. The 5 and 6 series are a pure MESS. 13 series is weak in power yet higher than the 9 series in 'numbering'. I agree it should be all based on 'Higher first number is higher up the *ranks*' if you were.
  • Nokia clearly made a mistake with the phablet -line numbering. Should've positioned them within the normal numbering scheme, perhpas added X or something behind the number.
  • All I know is that they're very very low end phones and not the flagship alot of WP users are demanding!
  • Yet they sell a lot more than any WP flagship has and may perhaps ever sell. :)
  • Low-end phones sell better, but they don't make any profit. Flagships are where the profit is.
    What's the point of market share if it isn't netting you any cash?
  • 1) Not sure about "any". 2) Eventual conversion, developer and other ecosystem playe interest 3) its a long (and so far painfully slow) game, and thank goodness MS can afford it.
  • Market share brings in service-type apps, like facebook, instagram and the like. Market share in the high end brings in premium paid content. Both are needed, and the lack of either is complained about (Instagram [service] and Candy Crush [paid premium, despite being freemium] come to mind). A new flagship is needed (I am starting to suspect some sort deal with HTC).
  • I can't wait for the Lumia 120. I'm practically drooling over the "features".
  • What, you don't want them to bring back the T9 keyboard and WAP?!
  • lmaoooo T9 man.... I was THEE fastest typer ever with that thing. Crazy fast on my Razr SLVR :D
  • I know you guys are kidding but they actually did announce a Nokia with & T9 keypad last week.
  • Agreed..I like it's HD Display and 20 MP Camera..!!
  • Remember that the 532 and 535 also has the sensors omitted in the Lumias 530, 630 and 635...
  • good point, if correct. :)
  • With bad displays..
  • Definitely don't get 530, complete waste of phone. I got the 635 for 70 bucks at WalMart as a go phone. I would of rather buy the 535 with the bigger screen.
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  • Microsoft apparently follows the messed up path of Nokia: Crowd the markets with gazillion nearly-identical phones that each lack a crucial feature.
    I'm not sure if it's good idea to confuse consumes but it's apparently better than making a name with a modern flagship model.
    TL;DR: Idiots.
  • Samsung galaxy phones
  • McLaren was supposed to be it. They just didn't have an immediate plan B. Some rumors are though we might see it emerge in MWC.
  • Mclaren was a total mess too and even with the 3D touch it would have bombed. How do you replace the 1020 with a phone that has a 20mp sensor and a dual LED flash? In my opinion the only phone they've ever nailed spec wise is the Lumia 1520 but it's too large for most people. A 5 inch version of it with the with glance an SD card and the same fabula design + aluminum (like the 925) would have been a killer phone.
  • What exactly makes you think McLaren was somehow intended to be a follow up/replacement for the 1020? Ahh, I see, the hump! :) second, read Steve's piece on Xenon vs. LED and computational imaging.
  • Microsoft on their high end phone development should take a lesson from Apple iPhone where they use the same chassis for two years before changing their design.  It make it much easier to keep coming up with high end models since you have two years instead of one to design and develop it while the second year you are only upgrading the components!     
  • The Nokia I remember from the candy bar phone days. You picked a phone, then realise one of the features was not on it. Get the feature you wanted, boom, just realised you lost something else. MS appear to be clearing up the product line nicely, in my opinion. The 730 and 830 are great entries. The 435 (or whatever) is a great entry level spec. Liking this year already. Just them to include qi in the 1030, at 5 - 5.5 inches and I am happy. Oh, and keep the hump, ads character and is functional.
  • Most consumers don't need a whole lot in a phone, so therefore their are those choices, for those who needs a lot then they can choose accordingly. Being able to control apps on your phone is great, not letting the app control you is excellent.
  • But how is the average person going to decide between a 435, 530, 532, 535, 630 or 635 when they're all extremely similar. Most share the same processor, lower models get more ram and front cameras, higher models dont :S They're just releasing a sea of low end phones that really are 'just the same'. The 630 to the 830 is a big gap and easier to understand, better screen, camera, more ram, front camera, flash, OIS etc
  • Unfortunately, the average consumber will never need to decide between the 435, 530, 532, 535, 630 or 635....  The store they are shopping will only carry at most one of them, if they carry any at all.    Not trying to be negative but it's pretty difficult to find many of Lumia phones and accessories here in the US....
  • While phasing out 530 migh be in the cards, it may be good for MS to keep the 530 in the portfolio for a while at least to 1) have it replace the 520 as the one model they can wholesale very cheap to allow for the "$20 for a smartphone!!!" deals 2) allow carriers who want a dirt cheap models to havet it 3) manage market specific ttransitions.
  • I own a Lumia 530 by the way which I got for 37 US so... Price anyone? Sent from my Lumia 530
  • 535 best budget phone,no questions asked
  • 37 dollars us and can play almost every game and app on the store! That's cheaper than some if not all Firefox is phones which are designed to be as cheap as possible!!!
  • 535 looks good in specs and price..but its display is horrible, it doesnt work properly. Its a big fail.. my friend bought it last week and must it return now..and hes not the only one
  • I believe at least some of it was fixed through a firmware update. Btw, I am having some similar problems with my new 830.. :(
  • I have read about firmware that should fix moultitouch bug... but he cant even scroll or type message, its really awful.
    I have 830 too and it works fine, fortunately
  • I am having difficulty with the text selection bars and zooming into pics (have to double tap to make larger and only then can pinch zoom easily)
  • wow, I really dont know how this serious bugs can go through the test department..sth is wrong there. Hope they will fix it with firmware asap
  • It might be just my device though.
  • The problem it's not that the 530 it's the worst of them all. The problem is that a lot of people believe it's junk (And that's gonna happen to with the Lumia 435) because of a lot of reasons. The other day I read in a Facebook Page a lot of comments saying that the Lumia 530 it's junk, worst choice of their lives, etc. etc. (but welp, what where they wanting? A Flagship? And a lot more where saying the 530 was a Christmas Gift and they hate it!). Two days ago I visited Best Buy (I hate Best Buy, here in México it's terrible!) and check for the first time the 530 and God... the Screen... the Screen it's terrible, awfully bad. And I believe it's still better than a lot of cheap entry-level Android phones, but, C'mon, the Screen in the Lumia 520 it's miles better than the Lumia 530. On the other side, we need is a Lumia 535 but with a smaller Screen. These ones with 4" Screens are just to bad. My GF hate phones with big Screens, are just to big for their hands (and she got a Lumia 610, with a 3.7" Screen). The Lumia 620 with a 3.8" was just perfect! But well, I believe that's never gonna happen again.
  • The Lumia brand is going down the shidder.  I'm sick of being associated with a platform the caters to 3rd world.  My 920 is looking very old and there's nothing worthy to upgrade it to
  • L830 worth it. it has everything you need and doesnt ruin your wallet:)
  • The 830 is ok as long as you have never played with a 930/1520/HTC M8 phone as you'll quickly find out that the 800 series chips make a big difference. I loved the build of the 830, but ended up with the M8 as the speed differences were too much.
  • Some of us cant afford flagships
  • Possibly not the right forum for the rant and certainly not the first one to say this but who gives a .....? Seriously considering jumping ship to android if I dont see a high end phone announced in Jan 21
  • You won't. Some rumors are that you will at MWC though.
  • You won't see a high end phone announced on the 21st.  By all accounts, something in that range won't be available at the very least until around November.
  • With the WP/WM 10 apparently going to public beta soon not sure we will have to wait till late fall for a flagship. One can only hope this rumor/tip is correct: http://www.nokiapoweruser.com/microsoft-may-surprise-us-with-a-high-end-...
  • Just because MS won't release a phone with a pretty early preview of their next version of Windows...
  • Lumia 635 was released in Canada with a preview version of 8.11 and the "alpha" version of Cortana. So it's not impossible.
  • Sure but if its in beta now not sure we would need to wait all the way to November...
  • Well MS is listening to what people want for min specs. Time will tell for high end...
  • Exactly. 1GB should be the MINIMUM, none of this 'having to program for 512mb ram' or 'you can't run this app due to not enough ram', ram is cheap, give the people what they want and a far better experience than trying to shave off $2-4.
  • 535. End.
  • Slow day for M/S news when we all need to compare these throw away devices that most of us will never see.... Where is Denim Update for 1520 ? Nows that's news
  • This site is bigger than just 'news.' Especially news that doesn't exist. If it did, we'd be writing about it. We provide a service to all of our readers. Not just a few.
  • Still waiting for a worthy 620 successor.
  • It's completely unnecessary to have the amount of Lumia phones that Microsoft does. Three phones is all they need..... Entry level, mid range, and flagship. Get rid of all the other crap in-between, get rid of the unnecessary confusing model numbers, and get rid of Stephen Elop, who has been making all of these ridiculous decisions since the Nokia days.
  • Amen to that. The amount of variance in these devices are insane.
  • Damn. I just ordered my mom a 530 from the Microsoft store website too. Should I return it? It was $50 and she's sort of technologically illiterate so specs don't matter to her much.
  • Who knows what this will cost and when it will be available? $50 is a great price for that phone.
  • Specs may not matter to her since she doesn't know how to decipher, but that's where you come in and decide on her behalf.  If she won't use the apps because they take too long to load, or because the screen is hard to read in sunlight, or maybe the screen is too damn small, well then she may never really get to enjoy her new phone. 
  • So if you live in the US, the 535 and 532 will not even pick up T-Mobile or AT&T 3G right? So neither is an option?
  • Wondering the same thing. I think you are correct.
  • If it had auto focus, the 532 would be my perfect back up (with dual SIM). What a shame it's crippled by that dratted fixed focus. Close, but no cigar.
  • It probably won't even be much cheaper than the 535 which does have all that, plus more. If you're in North/Central/South America, just make sure you get there RM-1092 variant that supports the 3G frequencies common in the Americas. Elsewhere in the world, any variant will do.
  • Just searched google for the Lumia 532. The official Microsoft site blurb on google states "Windows 10 ready, the powerful Lumia 532 smartphone is capable of running mobile games with its Snapdragon™ processor. Skype, OneDrive, Office and ..." So it seems that Windows 10 is confirmed to be coming to the 532.
  • Windows 10 was confirmed to come to every WP8 device already. :-) Fair enough that this device came out after that announcement, but if it can come to the Lumia 520/530, it can come to this I have little doubt. :-)
  • Top specs for a phone is the way to go. There to many cheep win phones out there. They need to bring out a 1520 type phone out not junk.
  • I bought a 925 and a 1520, both are very good smartphones, 1520 is simply wonderful
    I have no money to buy another flagship at least for the next two years, or better i'm not going to spend any money with such two good handsets that the will be updated to wp10
  • Not "worse", but "least desirable"
  • I want a fuxing 4' inch high end lumia phone. I want something smaller. 925 was SUPERB but I want Snap 8xx 20mp camera and freaking living images - love that stuff. Now I have 930 can't really complain but 4'inch just feels better in my hand.
  • Been using the Lumia 535 for a month now and overall. It's been a great experience. The camera is awesome, both of them. And the touch issue isn't that annoying considering what people might say. Whatever it was the latest update fixes a lot of it and touch is much more smoother now although there is still a little glitch in multi touching and zooming web pages but not annoying, u'll find a way around it after sometime!
    I'm happy with what i bought.
    Microsoft Rules!
  • On paper yes, but I want to see how they stack up in build quality and whether there'll be some other "hidden" issue a la the 535's touch rearing its head.
  • The 535 is the sexy Lumia next to her two fat sisters.
  • Speak for yourself, curvy girls ARE the sexy ones to some of us. :-P
  • These phones are so ridiculous. There is no reason have have so many low end budget devices. Those sceen resolutions make no sense at all! I wish I could spend a week at Microsoft and sit in on their meetings...I'd love to see how these ideas come up and get the green light.
  • Budget phones are kinda why Nokia dominated back in the days, so it might not make much sense now but it really not a shocker imo
  • Phones are not designed and developed in a few weeks.  MS had to take on a lot when they bought out Nokia. This batch includes legacy phones in the supply chain (Nokia), designs in the pipeline with commitments already made (Nokia-MS), and "new" phones (MS).  The old phones should age out and MS can pare down the tiers to a couple of phones in each and fix the mess.
  • Well got myself a cyan 535 dual sim for 79€ today, the best choice ^^
  • I am kind of regret getting the 530 < from a guy owns HD7, radar, 710, 720, 800, 920, 930, 1520
  • No, really, WC, are you suggesting to buy the 535 with its crappy touch screen?!?
  • You mean the one that Microsoft has already issued a fix for?
  • You mean the fix which does not work for many people?
  • What are the price points?
  • Ms really needs to stop this. Way too many phones that are so similar. How about a low end phone, a mid range phone and a high end phone and thats it. All theyre doing now is confusing everyone especially with the numbers they use.
  • No one in their right or wrong frame of mind or even in a drunken stupor should even remotely consider buying a Lumia 530. In fact this is the first phone MSFT should discontinue as of yesterday.
  • 535 = touchscreen hardware defect.
  • Product line should be ONE 500 (entry) 7xx (mid) 8xx (upper mid with an S600) 9xx (flagship) 10xx (Camera phone) 13xx (budget phablet) & 15xx (flagship phablet). Nothing else! Get the specs right MS and stop flooding the market with 10 different variations of exactly the same thing. The whole "make a phone for everyone" approach is archaic! This is why the iPhone mops the floor with the competition. It's the most widely known and recognizable smartphone on the planet. Coz there's only ONE. (plus a big screen variant)
  • I would wager that these new phones we are seeing are ones developed after the transfer. The 530 is almost the last gasp of the old Nokia philosophy.
  • I'm glad Microsoft is bringing smartphones to the people who have never had them!
  • Not sure this far down if anyone will bother reading this but I have an interesting point to make and would love an article to be written about this with pro's and con's for my position which is this: could the race to the bottom get some much needed market share in the very short run but cost MS in the long run when 4xx and 5xx users look to replace their devices in 2-3 years?  By this I mean, at $50-$100 for a smartphone off contract, will those people have any allegiance to the platform if their primary selection criteria is price over all else?  I personally would argue that mid to premium range WP owners are A) more likely to champion the platform because they have full-featured, non-gimped devices and B) are more likely to repurchase another windows phone because they have invested more dollars in the platform thus far.  When you are talking a $75 phone, there is no incentive to remain with one platform exclusively because there's hardly a downside to switching.
  • Good point. The counter balance to that would be the amount of total volume in low ends phone sales though. They are also somewhat "disposable" phones so most low end consumers "will" just repurchase a low end phone in the platform that their accustomed to.
  • Good point. The counter balance to that would be the amount of total volume in low ends phone sales though. They are also somewhat "disposable" phones so most low end consumers "will" just repurchase a low end phone in the platform that their accustomed to.
    Ppl are creatures of habit.
  • Microsoft understands the reality in the market place and is doing the right thing. Right now, Apple owns the top end., there is no immediate way to compete with them due to their captive user base as well as scale. Microsoft will have to create an absolute high end marvel at the high end and sell it for $450 to wean people off iPhones. They will do that only when they feel like they have an OS and ecosystem that can keep the switched iPhone users happy. Microsoft knows that right now, their strength is in running their OS on low end hardware. Android cannot compete there. Apple will not come there either. In most emerging markets, about 80% of the handsets sold are sub $150 range. Right now, MS is focusing on this segment, because they believe they can win it. Clearly, their strategy is to build a loyal user base from the low end. They know that once you get hooked on to an ecosystem, it is hard to switch. Rather that competing at the high end and losing badly (look at Sony, HTC etc.), they are going for the first time smartphone user.
  • The problem there is, very, very few users buy apps on sub $100 phones, so app developers still don't care.  
  • Lumia 535 wen charging it. The touch doesn't work effectively. And no color adjustments added.
  • More confusion for people!  
  • 530 was a big disappointment in terms of sales, and Microsoft relaunched the phone after listening to the customers. 435 is a rehash of Nokia Asha series. Good thing is MSFT is listening to market feedback and acting quickly on it. Now only if they stop making these mistakes in the first place. Isn't it weird that they couldn't nail down a worthy successor for 520 ?
  • Yes. Nokia/Microsoft squandered the momentum from the 520.
  • You should probably mention that the 532 doesn't have on screen keys.
  • What is the difference between a 520 and a 530? I found none.
  • Ummmm. The 530 is significantly worse in every way: Awful TN screen vs IPS on 520
    4gb vs 8gb internal storage
    Worse build quality
    Slower graphics processor
    480p recording vs 720p
    Poor video playback above 480p
    No auto focus on camera
    No auto brightness sensor
    No proximity sensor
    No hardware camera button The 530 is an awful product which should never have been released. Posted via the Windows Central App for Android
  • Those three has terrible screens...
  • Look like Microsoft is trying to beat Samsung at its "release a phone every other week" game. 
  • Lumia 535 i loved it
  • Got a 535 for my mom just yesterday (Bangalore, India). This definitely is an upgrade from 521 that she was using since 2013. She's quite thrilled to have a 5MP front facing camera and a camera flash at the back.. Also quite thrilled about the size.. as she can now type more effortlessly on WhatsApp to keep in touch with her friends and cousins... Got Rs.2000 in exchange for the 521. For about Rs.7000, this is a steal.. Frankly I'm a bit jealous of her phone as I own a L925... ;-)
  • Lumia 532 have flash or not??
  • No flash or auto focus Posted via the Windows Central App for Android
  • 535 is lot better among.
  • Why windows phone don't have direct Wi-Fi to send. Data like stupid android phones
  • Please we need it cuz we have a limit in photo or data we sent throw Bluetooth
  • I think they must do the same on upcoming 1030, where they can cover that camera hump with a bigger battery & wireless charging for those who do not mind the weight.  i mean having 3 varieties where one of them has bigger battery & built in wireless charging.
  • The black Microsoft logo on the back is way too bold. It's not subtile, especially not for customers that still have to get used to the 'not Nokia anymore' era.
  • 535 Bad on Tucg Screen ....
  • Their are very different specs wise, this article is just stupid.
  • Now the naming of the 5-series makes sense. 530 will soon get discontinued, replaced by 435. That means that all of the 4 and 5 series devices will have 1GB/8GB specs. which is a pretty solid low-end lineup. It would be interesting to see what a new 6-series device will feature.
  • Majority of the consumer aren't that smart enough and this is what companies are taking advantage of. Consumer buys what are on the table and what the salesperson tells. It is not based on their own experiment or their own experience. Windows phone is not the most popular platform for smartphone but that doesn't it is the worst when it comes to functionality, productivity, security, entertainment, and user experience. It is just getting low grades in perception.
  • its not a matter of choices, they're killing each other!! well, technically 530 is (still) Nokia product and 532 & 535 is Nokia (under Microsoft), so it looked like that Microsoft killing Nokia!
  • Does the touch issue on L535 resolved by the update?
  • @Richard Devine:
    Here, I fixed it for you:
    The Lumia 530 is a utter piece of cr*p and should've never been released.
  • Bought a 530 for my 9yr old, £29 unlocked, it was to replace her 520 which I broke. She loves it, the screen is fine, it is far quicker than my sluggish 1020, plays all her music, has the apps she needs and comes in a fab bright orange. The 535 wasn't available and I doubt I'd have got an unlocked, no contract phone for that price.
  • i thought Lumia 532 was dual core  
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  • Too many mid range and budget devices. This must be a marketing mess for Microsoft. There should be at most 4 Lumia variants with one being a phablet on a unified product generation. Or get rid of midrange altogether.
  • Don't like any of this phones. I prefer Clear Black display of 630 and above.
  • I bought 2 530 for my parents, they actually don't need 1gb of ram or frontal camera... but if 435 wold been in the store, that could be a cheaper and better option Nokia has always been greedy, but more recently... their prices are always higher than competence and specs are below... microsoft is fixing that, nokia maybe couldn't afford it, but microsoft can
  • now that we have a low end windows phone for every day of the year (at least) ... can we get anything resembling a mid to highend phone next?
  • Folks all Nokia Lumia smart phones will cease to manufactured so forget about the Nokia lumia 530. in fact Folks I think Microsoft is now in the Process of replacing all it's Nokia lumia brand label smart phones with Microsoft brand Lumia smart phones. so look for the Nokia lumia 920, 925, 928, 1020, 1520 and all Nokia lumia brand smart phones to be replaced with a Microsoft Lumia brand smart phone with simular specs or in some case better specs than The Old Nokia lumia models 
  • I Think the reason why microsoft has not introduced any Flagship smart phones is because it is now replacingALL it's NOKIA Lumia brand Flag ship Smart phones with Microsoft brand Flagship smart thye proff of this except for New Nokia keyboard feature phone microsoft just introduced ALL THE NEW LUMIA Smart Phones are now Micrsoft soft Brand Lumia smart phones Like the 425,532,535 all are Microsoft brand Lumia smart phonesI guess we will see a Microsoft brand Lumia brand  755, 840, 935, 940, 950  1050, 1550, 2000 replace all the OLD Nokia Lumia Mid range and Flagship so get ready to see em appear
  • I wish Nokia had made the phones with 1gb of ram  and a front shooter. I bought a 635 locked to ATT and unlocked it. The phone is nice during the time I had it ended up buying a 810. The 810 was bought because I need a phone that is Tmobile to use in my house. I was going to buy a 530 but could not bring myself to buy it. I have developer preview on the 810 and is a little buggy. It almost like having a rooted Android some stuff works and other stuff not so much. It is not very stable and I have restart the phone sometimes for it to work. I really hope that Microsoft phones with Windows 10 get a flagship on Tmobile. I may end up giving my father my 5C and going to Windows 10. That is if it does not come out with any defects. If it ends up like the 635 I will just buy it during Christmas Sales or black Friday Sales.