Microsoft announces Lumia 530, the most affordable Windows phone yet

Microsoft has just announced the most affordable Lumia smartphone to date - the Lumia 530, a handset with a 4-inch screen, 5-megapixel camera and the same iconic design shared by all Lumias.

Despite carrying Nokia branding, the Lumia 530 is a Microsoft Devices phone and the third to be released since the computer giant bought Nokia’s phone-making division last year.

Available as either a single- or dual-SIM 3G handset, the Lumia 530 will be available in bright orange, bright green, white, dark grey, and the rear covers are interchangeable.

Screen resolution is 854 x 480, while internal storage is just 4GB - but thankfully a microSD card slot means this can be increased by up to 128GB.

Power comes from a 1.2GHz quad-core Snapdragon processor by Qualcomm and the device runs Microsoft’s newly updated Windows Phone 8.1 operating system.

The single-SIM model is expected to cost just under £100 when it reaches the high street in August.

There’s no word yet on a UK price and release date, but we’re hoping to hear back from Microsoft about this soon.

Microsoft also announced the Bang, a rechargeable portable speaker which connects to any phone and can last eight hours on a single charge. Priced at €19, several Bangs can be daisy chained together to make your music louder.


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