Another budget friendly Lumia from Microsoft leaks

One area where Windows Phones are selling quite well is at the low end of the pricing spectrum. With an OS that is highly versatile in the hardware that it can run on, and still have an optimal experience, Windows Phone has shown that it offers great value even at the entry level. In fact, the Lumia 520 has been selling quite well, based on AdDuplex's stats, so it should not be a surprise that the Lumia 530 will be launching soon.

We should point out that WMPoweruser is the one saying that this is the Lumia 530, while the source of the images simply states that this is 'Not 620', so take the information with a grain of salt.

The low-end Lumia is said to support dual-sims, have a Snapdragon 200 CPU and include 512MB of RAM. The device, which you can see in the images in this post, is brightly colored and has what is likely a low-resolution camera on the back of the device. The 520 had a 5MP shooter and we would expect something similar on the 530.

We would expect that the device will also feature a similar sized display as the 520 which has 4 inch WVGA LCD display. Considering that the 520 can be purchased on Amazon for $54.85, the source is saying the device will cost $179 contract free which seems reasonable. Like the 520, we expect the price to drop quickly from the MSRP.

Also, based on the top image, the device looks to be running Windows Phone 8.1. We know this by the fact that there are virtual navigation keys on the display.

No word on the launch date but considering that image of the device is starting to appear in the wild, we shouldn't have to wait too long to learn more about this budget friendly device.

Source: Weibo.com | Via: WMpoweruser

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From the images it could be done by any chinese manufacturer too. I see no microsoft, or nokia logo on it, just a blurry "something" over the screen.
Btw my first thought was after saw the images: orange iPhone 3gs without home button.

If it had a front facing camera that would be enough phone for people in there 50's and 60's that want to talk to their grand kids.

I just can't believe adding an LED flash would significantly raise the production price.
And considering how it would enhance the phone pictures quality in day-to-day scenarios, I am still puzzled by this omission.

TheCyberKnight said,
I just can't believe adding an LED flash would significantly raise the production price.
And considering how it would enhance the phone pictures quality in day-to-day scenarios, I am still puzzled by this omission.

It's a balancing act to make the most affordable "smart" phone yet make a profit on it. It can also be pure business decision. Sony removed the PS2 compatibility from the PS3 to not lower manufacture price (it was very cheap) but to push PS3 games sales at the time.

I get your point... but we're probably talking less than a dollar here.
Considering the advantages, I wouldn't sacrifice picture quality and usefulness for this minor fee.

Front facing camera for Skype please, even if it's just a low res VGA one. All the new budget models seem to have missed this, which is odd given that I'd expect Microsoft to want to promote Skype usage...

TCLN Ryster said,
Front facing camera for Skype please, even if it's just a low res VGA one. All the new budget models seem to have missed this, which is odd given that I'd expect Microsoft to want to promote Skype usage...

you probably dont understand what a budget phones are for

they only have the most key features and thats it, if you want a flash, front camera and all of the other shenanigans, then its no longer a budget phone

i feel the urge to explain it more thoroughly to you, but then again, whats the point when you and everyone here will keep on complaining and singing the same old song?

Deyirn said,

you probably dont understand what a budget phones are for


There are different levels of budget. If the $179 price is true then I think this phone's competition is closer to a Moto G instead of the Lumia 520 for example.

Deyirn said,

you probably dont understand what a budget phones are for

they only have the most key features and thats it, if you want a flash, front camera and all of the other shenanigans, then its no longer a budget phone

i feel the urge to explain it more thoroughly to you, but then again, whats the point when you and everyone here will keep on complaining and singing the same old song?

I understand perfectly well thank you. I don't want shenanigans, I just want a front facing low res camera so my Mother can use Skype. This isn't a premium requirement, it's a basic one, and one that Microsoft should be encouraging given that they are trying to push Skype every which way.

By the way, please let me know where you obtained your soap box. I'd very much like the opportunity of making some unwarranted rants of my own, or maybe I can borrow yours? ;)

TCLN Ryster said,

I understand perfectly well thank you. I don't want shenanigans, I just want a front facing low res camera so my Mother can use Skype. This isn't a premium requirement, it's a basic one, and one that Microsoft should be encouraging given that they are trying to push Skype every which way.

By the way, please let me know where you obtained your soap box. I'd very much like the opportunity of making some unwarranted rants of my own, or maybe I can borrow yours? ;)


lets do business while we still can