Yesterday, Microsoft announced a new addition to its handset range, the Nokia Lumia 530. The device slots in below the Lumia 630/635 as the company's new entry-level handset, and is also the most affordable Nokia Windows Phone ever.
You may recall that a couple of months ago, @evleaks revealed that the device would be joining the T-Mobile US range. His claims have now been verified, as T-Mobile confirms that the Lumia 530 will indeed be added to its handset line-up later this year.
T-Mobile has already launched the 4G Lumia 635; when it announced that device, it described the 635 as "the proud successor to the Lumia 521", the carrier's version of the phenomenally successful Lumia 520, which remains the best-selling Windows Phone ever, with over 12 million units sold.
Curiously, T-Mobile has now also described the Lumia 530 as "the successor to the Lumia 521":
Pricing for the Lumia 530 on T-Mobile has not yet been announced. The Lumia 635 costs around $120 for T-Mobile prepaid customers, so we can reasonably infer that the 530 will cost less than this. Given that the 635 is available on other US carriers for as little as $99, there's a good chance that the 530's price will be a bit lower than this.
The 3G-only Lumia 530 features a quad-core 1.2GHz Snapdragon 200 processor and 512MB of RAM, along with a 4-inch WVGA (800x480px) display and 5MP rear camera. Microsoft has said that the device will go on sale in August, although the exact launch date on T-Mobile has not been revealed.
Source: T-Mobile | Thanks for the tip, AJ!