Specs summary


The Nokia Lumia 530's screen is 4 inches with 480 x 854 pixels resolution.


There is a Qualcomm Snapdragon 200 Quad core 1.2 GHz processor (CPU).


The phone runs on the Windows Phone 8.1 operating system (OS).

5+ MP

You can take photos or capture video with the phone's onboard 5+ megapixel camera.

There's no secondary front camera.

4 GB

Internal memory is 4 GB. An external, MicroSD, MicroSDHC, microSDXC (up to 128 GB) expansion slot is available for increased storage capacity.


The phone is powered by a Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion), 1430 mAh battery. Nokia's performance ratings are 22 days standby time, 804 minutes (2G), 600 minutes (3G), 510 minutes Wi-Fi surfing.

This phone can stand out, but not eat up and spit out its competition

- Leela Prasad , The Indian Express 

Since specs are decidedly basic, its low price is the major reason to seek out the Nokia Lumia 530.

- Jessica Dolcourt , Cnet 

Reviews summary

Based on 14 reviews

What's good  

  • No performance stutters or crashes
  • Sturdy build quality
  • Decent battery life

What's bad  

  • Flat colors and bad viewing angles
  • No front facing camera
  • Very limited internal storage

Nokia hopes to recreate the overwhelming success of the Lumia 521 with the release of the Lumia 530. Like the rest of the Lumia line, the 530 comes in several different colors: green, orange, blue, black and white. Measuring in at 4.7 x 2.4 x 0.5 inches and 129 grams, it is neither particularly thin nor light. Despite its chunkiness, critics explain that the phone is still comfortable to use and can easily slip into their back pocket. They also mention that the phone itself feels very solid despite its plastic exterior and can handle a couple mishaps.

The screen of the Lumia 530 remains at 4 inches though its resolution is slightly higher than its predecessor at 480 x 854. Although it increases pixel density to 245ppi, critics barely noticed much of an improvement. What they did notice, however, were the flat, washed out colors and poor viewing angles. PC Advisor notes, "…unless this is your first smartphone the display may put you off."

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The specs as well place the Lumia 530 firmly in the budget category. It is powered by a 1.2GHz quad-core processor and 512MB of RAM. While it won't win any speed contests, reviewers were able to run everyday tasks and fast-paced games without any stutters or crashes. Still, they did notice that some apps took a bit longer to load, most notably the camera. Battery life was equally acceptable, clocking in at around 13 hours of moderate usage for critics. The biggest downside of the phone is its limited 4GB of internal storage. Luckily, it does come with a microSD expansion slot.

Unlike other smartphones, the Lumia 530 only has a 5MP rear facing camera. The amateur photographer is likely to be disappointed as the basic camera from Microsoft lacks features like manual focus and LED flash. Reviewers describe the camera as "half-decent" and able to take pictures with realistic colors and good detail.

In general, reviews are fairly positive for the Lumia 530. Recombu says, "If you want a no-fuss, user-friendly phone…this seems to be a great choice." TechRadar adds, "…it's another solid offering from Microsoft Devices…" though the also mention that, "…there's very little in the way of a spec boost here."

Reviews (5.7/10 Avg. rating)


Low-cost phone with quality hardware from Nokia

from WPCentral
The Lumia 530 is the cheapest Lumia you can buy today and you get some excellent support from Microsoft. However, new 'white label' Windows Phone like the BLU Win JR. give the Lumia 530 some competition for value. Although more expensive, the Lumia 635 is a much better choice if you can spend the extra cash... Full review
Ars Technica

Newer, but not better

from Ars Technica

The Lumia 530 has three big problems. First, the low-quality screen. Second, the fact that the Lumia 520 is in many ways a superior phone. Third, there’s the existence of the Lumia 630 and 635.

Let’s start with the last problem first. We bought our T-Mobile Lumia 530 from the Microsoft Store for $69.00 before shipping and taxes. Similar carrier-locked-but-off-contract Lumia 635s normally go for about $100, but we grabbed one on sale at our local Best Buy for just $80.

When the price difference is so low, there’s no reason to go with the 530. The 635 g... Full review

PC Magazine

A very inexpensive, entry-level smartphone that's best for light users.

from PC Magazine
Deciding here comes down to simplicity versus flexibility. The One Touch phones run Android, which has a much broader range of third-party applications than the 530 can support. But Android has a slightly messier, slightly more complex UI than the extremely simple Windows Phone, and the Evolve's voice call quality wasn't as good in our tests as the Lumia 530's. That makes the Lumia 530 a better bet for casual users without a lot of coin... Full review
The Indian Express

Decent phone, but nothing to make the parents proud

from The Indian Express

The Kumia 530 is priced Rs 8,199


It is that time of the year again when you break the bank, rummage through your savings to be a willing participant of the festive ‘Dhamaka’ sale. It is October, the month of Diwali. And it is “snowing”. “Snow” flakes of different hues – green, orange, white and black – appear to float down like a cascade of matrix code. Lumia, derived from the Finnish word for snow, has just brightened the mood by coming out with the Lumia 530.

The 530 has a strong lineage. Its roots can be trace... Full review


Basic specs line up with rock-bottom price

from Cnet

As with all phones, the Nokia Lumia 530's overall no-frills desirability entirely depends on your needs. Compared to handsets even a step or two up on the pricing ladder, the 530 is a mediocre performer across the board, though its 4G connection and capacious SD storage card options are bright spots. However, its small screen size limits it from being helpful for seniors or the majority of people transitioning to their first smartphone, and the slippery material is less than ideal.

I recommend saving up for the pricier Lumia 635 , or switching to Android for the Motorola Moto G,... Full review


Cute, well designed and cheap, but not without its problems

from Pocket-lint

The sub-£100 price of the Nokia Lumia 530 makes it difficult to ignore, but the performance makes it difficult to fully recommend.

Priced as it is, the Lumia 530 is one of the cheapest smartphones around and it has plenty to offer. If you're looking for something to keep you in touch, plus some apps and connectivity thrown in too, then it may be well suited.

But there are two areas that are likely to annoy those who opt for this Lumia: the display and the camera. A low resolution panel, buttons occupying the screen space and no auto-brightness controls limit the... Full review


Handset itself is disappointing

from uSwitch
The Lumia 530 isn’t terrible. But compared to Nokia/Microsoft’s previous budget offerings, and Android devices around the same price, it’s a pretty poor relation.Due to its performance issues, and terrible screen, you’re better off going for its predecessor, or picking up an Android number like the Moto E.The Lumia 530 has too many niggles to make it worth recommending. .. Full review
PC Pro

A competent ultra-budget handset

from PC Pro
The Nokia Lumia 530 is a disappointing successor to the Lumia 520. It provides comparable performance, looks quite nice and battery life is decent; even the camera isn't too bad. But its display is atrocious, and that should be enough to put anyone off. If you have £91 to spend on a smartphone, go for the Motorola Moto E instead... Full review

Windows Phone 8.1 made affordable

from NDTV

At the moment the Lumia 530 Dual SIM is available for around Rs. 6,500 at many e-commerce outlets. The price is low for a phone that can provide a decent smartphone experience, but unfortunately the Moto E, the Xiaomi Redmi 1S and the Asus Zenfone 4 all provide better smartphone experiences at the same price.

Buy this phone only if you want a really cheap device running Windows Phone 8.1. The Lumia 630 and the Lumia 520 have seen price drops and are also available for less than Rs. 10,000. Those two older devices are better options if you don't mind spending only a little bit mo... Full review


A phone that saddens us

from TrustedReviews
The Nokia Lumia 530 cuts out every little extra, streamlines every feature to save money. But it does so to too great a degree, offering a worse experience than either its now-cheaper predecessor or the many Android alternatives... Full review

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Full Specs

Release date August 28, 2014
Regions available USA, United Kingdom, Asia, Europe, North America, Australia, South America, Africa, India, Russia
850/900/1800/1900 MHz
850/900/1900/2100 MHz
SIM Card Micro-SIM
Dual SIM No
Operating System Windows Phone 8.1

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Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 200 Quad core 1.2 GHz
Internal Flash Memory
4 GB
RAM 512 MB
Digital compass No
FlightMode Yes
Hearing Aid Compatible Yes
Noise Cancellation Yes
SAR Head: 1.09 W/kg
Body: 1.19 W/kg
Languages English
Manufacturer Warranty 1 Year
Accessories Included AC Charger, Manual, Standard Battery
Power & Battery
Type Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion), 1430 mAh
Removable Battery Yes
Wireless Charging No
Fast Charging No
Video Playback Time 330 minutes
Wi-Fi Surfing Time 510 minutes
3G Surfing Time 468 minutes
4G Surfing Time No
Talk Time Up to:
804 minutes (2G)
600 minutes (3G)
Standby Time Up to: 22 days
Physical Characteristics
Design Type Bar
Multi-Use Smart Phone / PDA Yes
Material Plastic
Colors Bright Green, Bright Orange, Dark Gray, White
Dimensions [H x W x D] 12.0 x 6.2 x 1.2 cm
(4.7 x 2.4 x 0.5 in)
Weight 129 grams
(4.6 ounces)
Water Resistant / Waterproof Unknown
Rugged Design No
IP Rating No
Antenna Type Internal
Changeable Faceplates No
Display / Screen
Type Color
Technology LCD
Colors 16.7 million
Resolution 480 x 854 pixels
Pixel Density 246 pixels
Size 4 inches
3D No
Secondary Display No
Sensors Proximity, Motion / Accelerometer
Graphics Yes
Themes Yes
Backlit Illumination Yes
Zoom / Magnification Yes
Screen Orientation Lock Yes
Multi Touch Yes
Fingerprint-Resistant Coating No
Additional Display Features Capacitive touch screen
Input / Navigation
Sleep / Wake Key Yes
Home Key Yes
Mute Key No
Input Type Touchscreen
Navigation Type Touchscreen
Predictive Text Entry Yes
Physical Keyboard No
Voicemail Key No
Any Key Answer No
Voice Commands Yes
Keypad / Screen Lock Yes
External Volume Control Yes
External Media Playback Controls No
Fingerprint Sensor No
Call Management
Wi-Fi Calling Unknown
Voice over LTE (VoLTE) Unknown
Contact List Capacity Depends on system memory
Multiple Numbers Per Contact Email address, Other fields
Contact Groups Yes
Auto Answer No
Voice Activated Dialing Yes
Photo Caller ID Yes
Web / Email / Messaging
Web Browsing Type HTML, HTML 5
Browser Internet Explorer Mobile
Javascript Yes
Flash No
Email Yes
Email Protocols POP3, IMAP, SMTP, Microsoft Exchange
Additional Email Features Gmail, Nokia Mail, Windows Live, Hotmail
Messaging Services SMS, MMS, IM
Push-to-talk (PTT) No
USB Micro-USB 2.0
USB OTG Support No
Infrared No
Bluetooth 4.0
Bluetooth Profiles A2DP, AVRCP, OPP/FTP, HFP
WiFi 802.11 b/g/n
WiFi Encryption WEP/WPA/WPA2
Mobile Hotspot Yes
Expansion Slots Yes
Expansion Slots Info MicroSD, MicroSDHC, microSDXC (up to 128 GB)
PC Synchronization Yes
TV-out No
DLNA Support Yes
UMA Support No
Data Tethering Compatibility Yes
Java Applications No
Brew Applications No
ECML / Digital Wallet No
PictBridge No
Main Camera  
Aperture Unknown
Resolution 5+ megapixels
Dual Lens No
Zoom No
Flash No
Additional Rear Camera Info ISO, Multi-shot, Night mode, White balance
Video Recording Formats H.264 / AVC, MPEG-4
Video Recording Parameters 30 fps
Front Camera  
Zoom No
Additional Front Camera Info No
Video Recording Parameters
Audio / Video
Audio Playback Yes
Audio Formats MP3, MP4, AAC, AMR, WMA Pro, WMA, M4A, AMR-NB
Radio Yes (FM)
Video Playback Yes
Video Playback Formats 3GP / 3GPP, 3G2 / 3GPP2, H.264 / AVC, MPEG-4, WMV, AVI
Mobile TV No
Streaming Video Yes
External Speakers Yes
Headset Jack 3.5mm
Custom Ringtones Yes
Vibration Alert Yes
Downloadable Ringtones Yes
Ringtone Composer No
Ringer ID Yes
Haptic Feedback Vibration Yes
Speakerphone Yes
To-Do / Task List Yes
Calendar Yes
World Clock No
Alarm Yes
Stopwatch No
Timer No
Calculator Yes
Currency Converter No
Document Viewer DOC, DOCX, PDF, PPT, PPTX, XLS
Weather Yes
Stocks No
Maps Yes
Notepad Yes
Voice Memos / Recorder Yes
Games Downloadable
Apps Downloadable
Included Software / Apps No
Additional Comments Also available in a dual-SIM model.
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