Right after the Nokia Lumia 630 comes the newly renamed Microsoft Lumia 535 dual-SIM edition. But wait, Microsoft? That’s right! While it’s not really breaking news, it has been confirmed that Microsoft completed the takeover of the Lumia brand in April last year. With the takeover, future Lumia devices now no longer sport the Nokia branding and will come with the Microsoft logo instead.The Lumia 535 is the first of such devices. What we want to know is how this is any different from its Nokia predecessors.
Give Me 5!
The Lumia 535 is, specifically, round two and Microsoft’s way of improving on the lacklustre Lumia 530.It now sports a larger 5in screen that’s pretty decent. It’s not fantastic by any means – since you lose detail and colour when the screen is seen from an angle – but the sharpness stays decent throughout.
Like the Lumia 630 from last month, the Lumia 535 sports a removable back cover that can be swapped out. There is a gap between the cover and the insides, so there will be a bit of flex if you press on it. However, the grip is good and, at this size, it’s great for one hand operation.
Look What’s Back
If you’ve seen the Lumia 630 you know that one of the drawbacks of that smartphone is the lack of a front-facing camera. The 535 brings that back along with the automatic brightness function. In addition, the Lumia 535 will have more than just the usual Windows Mobile staples like Skype, like the new intelligent personal assistant -Microsoft Cortana.
So What Now?
Besides the basics, the Lumia 535 is definitely a big improvement from the 530. However, the question remains, would Microsoft be able to successfully grab more of the smartphone market pie with budget phones. While the verdict is still out, many are hoping to see the upcoming Windows 10 upgrade would include these highly affordable devices as well. That would drive up the selling proposition for Microsoft.
Dimensions 140.2 x 72.4 x 8.8 mm
Weight 146 g
Display 540 x 960 pixels, 5-inches IPS LCD
CPU Quad-core 1.2 GHz Cortex-A7
GPU Adreno 302 RAM 1GB
Storage 8 GB, expandable microSD up to 128 GB
Camera 5MP rear facing (autofocus, LED flash); 5MP wide-angle front facing
Operating System Microsoft Windows Phone 8.1
Battery 1905 mAh Stand-by Up to 336 h
Talk time Up to 11 h (2G) / Up to 13 h (3G)
Basemark OS II 414
Sunspider 1.0.2 1253ms
Verdict: A great new start for the Lumia brand under Microsoft.