Earlier this year, Microsoft launched the successor to the best-selling Windows Phone handset dubbed as the Lumia 530. The handset is already available in a number of markets, but it seems it will come to the US in the coming weeks. Earlier this year, T-Mobile confirmed it will stock the Lumia 530, but failed to provide a definite availability date.
However, it seems the launch of the handset on the Magenta carrier is not too far away. The folks at WPCentral say that users can expect the Lumia 530 to land on the carrier this month for $69 off-contract. It's one of the cheapest Windows Phone handsets available at the moment, and at $69, it's a total steal especially for those who want to give Microsoft's operating system a trial. The device will replace the Lumia 521 in the carrier's product portfolio, along with the Lumia 635, which offers a little better specifications than the Lumia 530.
The Lumia 530 comes with a few improvements over its predecessor, such as the quad-core Snapdragon 200 SoC, which can definitely provide it a decent performance improvement. Unfortunately, there's no front-facing camera on the device, and just like the Lumia 520, some sensors are missing on the device as well. Here's a summary of what the handset has to offer:
- 4-inch display with 480 by 854 pixels resolution
- Qualcomm Snapdragon 200 processor
- 512MB of RAM
- 4GB of internal storage
- MicroSD card slot
- 5MP rear camera
- 1,430 mAh battery
- Windows Phone 8.1
The information isn't officially revealed by T-Mobile so take it as a rumor. We'll update you as soon as the carrier announces more details.