Nokia Lumia 530 announced, T-Mobile first confirmed carrier


Earlier this morning, Nokia announced that it will release another budget-friendly Windows Phone device. The Nokia Lumia 530 is seen as the perfect successor to the 521, and will be available on T-mobile later this summer.

Its feature list includes:

  • 4-inch, 854×480 resolution LCD display (246ppi)
  • Qualcomm Snapdragon 200, 1.2GHz quad-core processor
  • 5MP camera
  • 4GB storage
  • Expandable memory up to 128GB
  • 512MB RAM
  • 15GB free cloud storage
  • 1420mAh battery

The most notable absence on the feature list is LTE. It’s not compatible with any band of LTE. Data network specs read as follows:

  • WCDMA network: 900 MHz, 2100 MHz
  • WCDMA max data speed DL: HSDPA – 21.1 Mbps 
  • WCDMA max data speed UL: HSUPA – 5.76 Mbps 
  • GSM network: 850 MHz, 900 MHz, 1800 MHz, 1900 MHz
  • GSM max data speed DL: EGPRS 236.8 kbps 
  • GSM max data speed UL: EGPRS 236.8 kbps 

Along with the Lumia 630, the device ships with Windows Phone 8.1, arguably the most exciting version of WP yet. It features the Cortana digital assistant, Word Flow keyboard, Action Center as well as wallpapers on the home screen.

As of right now, no U.S. pricing has been announced. But in the European market, it’s been marketed specifically for the sub €100 price point, suggesting we’ll see it come in under $100 full retail price in the States. For the full specification list, head on over to the Lumia 530 product page over at Nokia’s global site.

Source: T-Mobile

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  • BlackJu

    This is going to be so cheap, I’ll have a hard time not buying one as a media player and Xbox smartglass remote. And I guess it could be a stand in between daily drivers. They should just give them away with every in store purchase of device or accessory >$250. The race is on to the low end.

    • tmousr


  • VG

    WIll T-Mobile ever carry high-end Windows Phone smartphones? Last year’s Lumia 925 is no longer available (not even refurbished), and nothing seems to be in the pipeline.

    • Cam Bunton

      Yeah 1525 was rumored a little while back.

  • kev2684

    that’s cute. now announce the lumia 1525.

  • besweeet

    I just wish it had an LED flash for the camera.

  • Paul

    “Quad Core Power” is on the product page, but that small amount of RAM holds the chip back from it’s REAL potential.
    I hate marketing.

  • gameovertime1

    Love Windows Phone and Love T-Mobile = neither reciprocates this to me
    Leave T-Mobile for top tier WP experience = over pay for service
    Leave WP for another OS = reward Microsoft for failing to support T-Mo like VZW and ATT
    Stay current course = continual frustration with lack of APP support/T-Mobile erodes potential mid and high tier marketshare by flooding the low end

    • Ordeith

      I left T-Mobile for Cricket. I got access to the ATT Windows Phones (Finally!), much better coverage when I travel, and the cost was lower than T-Mobile.
      There are options.

      • gameovertime1

        Cost not lower for my plan – heavy data users averaging 7-8 GBs per month (with WiFi at home though cable internet service). But, to your point, why does T-Mo not have the 1320 that critkeTT offers?

        • Ordeith

          I’m not so sure about that. 7-8GB of high speed data looks like it runs $80+taxes and fees on T-Mobile. The same would be $65 (7GB) – $75 (8GB) on Cricket, a price that includes all taxes and fees.
          I agree on the 1320 though. T-Mobile should have picked up that phone at the very least. They seem to be allergic to WP for some reason.

        • Roger Sales

          Cricket is a decent alternative to T-Mobile until you factor in hotspotting, which is something you should glom onto if you have the chance to get it.

        • Ordeith

          I use internet sharing on my Lumia 1020 all the time.
          Unless you are referring to something else?

  • thedavehall

    No LTE and 4gb storage? This better be a $49.99 handset. Quad core processor aside, it is a downgrade from the 521? At least it has 8.1

    • ThomasBDX

      Indeed. the 521 has 8GB storage and that is running low after installing just a few apps and taking photos. 4GB is insanity.

      • Baxter DeBerry

        taking a page out of LG’s book

  • S. Ali

    MS is really getting desperate since they are getting burned on high end devices. Why don’t they start with getting their ecosystem in order. Services like bing/here maps are a joke.

    • BlackJu

      Hello again, Chief Threadcrapper.

      • S. Ali

        Oh boy, the WP defense league is here.
        Last Quarter sales: 5.8M or one iPhone weekend

        I had this phones specs in 2009….and it had more apps

        • BlackJu


    • TheCudder

      Microsoft is more likely to gain mobile market share in the low-end than than the high end — even in the U.S. Anyone buying these cheap phones mostly likely isn’t all too worried about the lack of apps, whereas a power user with a flagsip device would demand more apps. So if the increase the marketshare with the users that are eaiser to please, they also will attract dev’s with the higher number of users —- then they can release more high end devices.

  • GuestWpfan

    It appears to be a cost-reduced replacement of the Nokia 521 using the Snapdragon 200. That’s the same chip the Moto-E is using. Kinda doesn’t make too much sense when you already have the Nokia 635 with the Snapdragon 400 and LTE at the low-end. They need the Nokia 930 badly with the Snapdragon 800.

  • Stefan Naumowicz

    WCDMA network: 900 MHz, 2100 MHz

    Correct me of I’m wrong, but T-Mobile 3g/hspa is on AWS (1700/2100) and PCS (1900) in refarmed areas?

    Also, this is barely an upgrade to the 521. The processor is about it, newer OS doesn’t count because that can be fixed via update. Still no front camera, flash on the rear camera. Lame

    • 50atomic

      As always, that is placeholder text from the single SIM global variant RM-1017. T-Mobile will be selling the N. American variant RM-1018 with WCDMA 850 and 1900 MHz support (The FCC documents don’t list AWS 1700/2100 support so unless there is another model or submitted frequency change, it may not support it). Note that there are also dual-sim variants of the aforementioned models RM-1019 and RM-1020 respectively for international markets.

    • John

      The Lumia 521 is exactly like the lumia 530 with 2 exceptions:

      1) Lumia 521 has a dual core processor and includes 8GB of storage
      2) Lumia 530 has a quad core processor and includes 4GB of storage

      The upgrade Nokia has made to improve the Lumia line up by going from the Lumia 521 to the 530 seems to be indicative of one step forward and one step backwards. Yes you get a better processor in the 530, but less storage. Which makes this upgrade futile if you are trying to upgrade the user experience. Thus, I see no reason for anyone who currently owns the Lumia 521 to upgrade to the Lumia 530. Nevertheless, Nokia will appease those who don’t download alot of apps and just wants a smartphone to due the basics at the cheapest price.

      • Ordeith

        Thanks for fixing it.

      • BlackJu

        Dedicated camera button and capacitive keys. Camera is different.

    • eanfoso

      Dude those are global specs, those bands are really popular for 3G in Europe and Africa, yes the t-mobile version will be different, and it is an upgrade under the bonnet as well, it’ll come with a cuad core processor, and why would anyone take a front facing pictures when the rear snapper has a better resolution? I gave my dad my lumia 1020, and while I had it not once did I ever use the front facing camera

      • Stefan Naumowicz

        Front camera isn’t used for taking pics, its mainly used for conferencing like Skype

    • BlackJu

      Not really an upgrade at all. Microsoft is spreading out the product line and shifting everything lower. It’s best to think of the 635 as the next iteration of the 521. The 530 hasn’t been priced for the states yet, but I’m guessing this will start at $80 and you’ll see them often for $50.

  • TheCudder

    Sucks to see T-Mobile pick up yet another budget WP. This isn’t much different from the 635, SD 200 instead of the SD 400 and .2 inches smaller on the screen size. I guess Microosft’s attack is to win the low-end to increase market share to lure developers over and then maybe shift more focus to the higher end devices.

    • John

      The lumia 635 is quite a bit better than the lumia 530 than you are giving it credit for.

      The Lumia 635 is:
      1) .5 inches bigger in screen size
      2) LTE capable
      3) 1830 mah Battery
      4) 8GB of storage

      I am not interested in any Windows Phones as I own an iPhone 5s and will upgrade to the iPhone 6 when that comes out in the fall. I am just correcting your incomplete and somewhat incorrect statements about the Lumia 635.

  • harp

    WTH is wrong with TMobile. No flash again. In this age when cameras are going 20 mega pxls TMobile is not bringing any Windows phone that has a camera.

  • harp

    I meant flash…

  • skittle

    Satya Nadella used this same strange turn of phrase—”making the market…”—just yesterday. Now we know what it means…..
    “In the near term, we plan to drive Windows Phone volume by targeting the more affordable smartphone segments, which are the fastest growing segments of the market, with Lumia.”

  • skittle

    If hopes are for higher end phones it does not look like Microsoft is heading in that direction, at least right now. I wanted to get a Lumia for my wife but it would have to have a flash. I am talking about from Tmobiles current inventory, not an AT&T phone I can get to work on Tmo.

    • JBrowne1012

      It looks like from a t-mobile stand point they are trying to push windows to the older generation and those that don’t want to spend a fortune on a phone a lot of low end wp have been hitting the market lately and that is probably why and so once they get enough interest in the low end models then shall come the high end models but I imagine people would rather have a low end android that costs a tad more than go WP

  • notyourbusiness

    Only 4GB of internal storage??? Wow, even the 521/520 has 8GB. Or is that a mistake?

  • gameovertime1

    If the 521 was a big seller for T-MO already, and piqued the interest of novice smart phone and/or WP OS users, wouldn’t they deserve to graduate to a top tier device? Couldn’t they at least be online only purchases if they feel like the user community alone has the interest? This could save the time of the Sales reps who give little attention to Windows Phone and also give the user community much deserved attention.

  • Biased4WP

    No 530 on TMo online still three months after they supposedly were the first carrier to announce it. Cricket is currently selling it for $50, or the Lumia 630 for free after $50 visa gift card. Come on TMo, stop abandoning your Windows Phone fans! And please give your current customers Lumia Cyan WP8.1!!!