Hands-on unboxing of the new Nokia Lumia 530 with Windows Phone 8.1

Lumia 530

The Nokia Lumia 530 is the first sub £100 device from Nokia which comes pre-loaded with Windows Phone 8.1. While it’s not on sale just yet, the device is available for pre-order from a number of retailers. The Lumia 530, being the successor to the Lumia 520 includes a 854 x 480 resolution display at 4 inches, a 5MP back-facing camera and 4GB internal storage… Yes, 4GB. Four. It’s not a lot, but luckily you can use an additional MicroSD card up to 128GB.

The device is lovely to hold. It doesn’t feel as premium as the 520, but that’s not an issue considering the price you pay for this low end device. Inside it has a Qualcomm Snapdragon 200 processor with 512MB RAM, definitely not a lot of oomph under the hood but thanks to the optimization of Windows Phone the device handles the operating system just fine under normal usage.

We’ll have a full hands-on review of the Nokia Lumia 530 in the coming weeks. Right now though, my first impressions are that this device is lovely for the price you pay. The screen isn’t the best, and device doesn’t include a front-facing camera or flash. Again, considering it’s low low price, this isn’t a surprise. Nokia was required to strip many of these features from the device to make it as cheap as possible. It would be a great gift for your grandmother or small child who needs an easy phone just to contact their friends.

Now then, unto the unboxing!

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