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Nokia Lumia 530
Nokia Lumia 530
Nokia Lumia 530
Nokia Lumia 530

Informr score
The Nokia Lumia 530 currently has an Informr score of 5.7 out of 10. This score is based on our evaluation of 14 sources including reviews from users and the web's most trusted critics.

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."

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."

Windows Phone
Operating system
Operating system
Windows Phone
1.2 GHz
1.2 GHz
Screen Size
Screen Size
5+ MP
5+ MP
1430 mAh

What the Critics Are Saying...

Gadgets 360
Gadgets 360

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 s...

- Ershad Kaleebullah, Gadgets 360

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 ex...

- Sam Sabri, WPCentral
Ars Technica
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 St...

- Andrew Cunningham, Ars Technica
PC Magazine
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 voi...

- Sascha Segan, PC Magazine
The Indian Express
The Indian Express

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

- Leela Prasad, The Indian Express

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Common Questions

We've got you covered! Download a free PDF copy of the Nokia Lumia 530 user manual here.

Nokia backs up the Lumia 530 with a 1 Year parts & labour warranty.

If your Lumia 530 has problems and is still within its warranty period, you could contact Nokia support or the retailer you purchased the phone from. You'll find Nokia's contact information here. If your phone is off warranty and needs repair for a physical problem such as a broken screen or bad battery, you should visit an authorized service centre or a local phone repair shop. You can also connect with others in The Informr Community Forum to find and share answers to questions.


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Screen Size

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

1.2 GHz

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+ MP 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, 510 minutes Wi-Fi surfing.

Lumia 530 Specs

Release Date August 28, 2014
Regions Available USA, United Kingdom
Operating System Windows Phone 8.1

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Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 200 Quad core 1.2 GHz
Internal Storage 4 GB
RAM 512 MB
Hearing Aid Compatible Yes
Noise Cancellation Yes
SAR Head: 1.09 W/kg
Body: 1.19 W/kg
Manufacturer Warranty 1 Year
Accessories Included AC Charger, Manual, Standard Battery
Mobile / Cellular Data
Push-to-talk (PTT) No
Wi-Fi Calling No
Voice over LTE (VoLTE) No
SIM card size
Dual SIM No
USB Micro-USB 2.0
USB OTG Support No
Infrared No
Bluetooth 4.0
Bluetooth Profiles A2DP, AVRCP, OPP/FTP, HFP
Bluetooth Audio Codecs SBC
Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n
Mobile Hotspot Yes
Memory Expansion Slot Yes
Expansion Slot Info MicroSD, MicroSDHC, microSDXC (up to 128 GB)
Data Tethering Compatibility Yes
Main Camera
Resolution / Aperture
5+ Megapixels
Additional Rear Camera Info
ISO, Multi-shot, Night mode, White balance
Video Recording Formats
3GP / 3GPP, 3G2 / 3GPP2, H.264 / AVC, MPEG-4, WMV, AVI
Video Recording Parameters
30 fps
Front Camera
Resolution / Aperture
Additional Front Camera Info
Video Recording Parameters
Display / Screen
Type Color
Technology LCD
Colors 16.7 million
Resolution x pixels
Pixel Density 246 pixels
Size 4 inches
Secondary Display No
Sensors Proximity, Motion / Accelerometer
Multi-Touch Yes
Fingerprint-Resistant Coating No
Additional Display Features Capacitive touch screen
Power & Battery
Battery Type Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion)
Battery Capacity 1430 mAh
Removable Battery Yes
Wireless Charging No
Fast Charging No
Video Playback Time Up to 330 minutes
Internet Use (Wi-Fi) Up to 510 minutes
Internet Use (Cellular) Unknown
Talk Time Up to 804 minutes
Standby Time Up to 22 days
Mixed Usage
Physical Characteristics
Design Type Bar
Material Plastic
Colors Bright Green, Bright Orange, White, Dark Gray
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
Water Resistant / Waterproof Unknown
Rugged design No
IP Rating No
Headset Jack 3.5mm
External Speakers Yes
Input / Navigation
Sleep / Wake Key Yes
Home Key Yes
Input / Keyboard Type Touchscreen
Navigation Type Touchscreen
External Volume Control Yes
Fingerprint Sensor No
Additional Information Other Names (AKA):

Also available in a dual-SIM model.
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