At RM355, the Nokia Lumia 530 is Microsoft’s cheapest phone yet

The Nokia name and its association with affordable smartphones is retained on this 4in budget Windows Phone device
At RM355, the Nokia Lumia 530 is Microsoft’s cheapest phone yet

Probably the cheapest Windows phone about to hit the Malaysian market, the Lumia 530 is a Windows Phone 8.1 device (with single and dual-SIM versions) geared towards people looking for functionality without the hefty price tag.

Sporting a 1.2GHz quad-core processor, 512MB RAM and a 5MP rear camera, the phone certainly isn’t a pushover in terms of specs. Users will also get Skype and Microsoft Office intergration out of the box as well as a hearty bunch of social and gaming apps from the Windows Phone Store.

Up till now, the Lumia 530 sounds like an unbelievable deal, until you learn that it comes with only 4GB of internal storage. On the bright side, this is expandable with a microSD card, and the device supports the massive 128GB models. Also, this is a 3G-only device, so no instant streaming on YouTube. Finally, for the selfie addicts lovers, tough luck - there's no front-facing camera.

Nonetheless, if the tight budget is the real concern, the abovementioned points aren't dealbreakers, given how cheap the Windows Phone device is at RM355. Heck, it's even cheaper than the Xiaomi Redmi 1S, which is priced at RM419.

The Lumia 530 will be available in stores in the Klang Valley starting next week and is available in bright orange, bright green, dark grey and white.