Following teasers and leaks, Microsoft has finally taken the wraps off its first smartphone without Nokia branding – the Microsoft Lumia 535. The Lumia smartphone from Microsoft will be available in 3G dual SIM and single SIM configurations sometime this month at an estimated price of 110 euros.
The new smartphone comes with a “5X5X5” package featuring a 5-inch screen, 5-megapixel front-and rear-facing cameras, and five integrated Microsoft services (Skype, Office, OneNote, OneDrive and Cortana). The new handset’s display is much larger than its predecessors.
Microsoft has replaced the traditional Nokia name on the face of the device with its own name. On the backplate, the Microsoft’s logo is also visible. Besides that, the Lumia 535 copies much of the design from round-edged, lower-end devices such as the Lumia 530 and Lumia 635. Both the models will run on Windows Phone 8.1 and the Lumia Denim firmware. The handset is powered by a 1.2GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 200 quad-core processor backed by 1GB of RAM and 8GB of internal storage space. In addition to this, the phone supports microSD card slots of up to 128GB for expansion and 15GB of OneDrive cloud storage.
Coming to the 5X5X5 package, the rear 5-megapixel camera has an auto-focus LED flash while a 5-megapixel camera has a wide angle lens, a boon to selfie fans. In terms of connectivity both the models offer 3G, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.0 and A-GPS. The 535 will come in several bright colors- Cyan, Bright Green, Bright Orange, White, Dark Grey, and Black.
Microsoft will also be selling a folio-style flip cover accessory to protect its device. The cover sports a small slit on the inside to store a credit card. The Lumia 535 sales will first begin in countries such as China, Hong Kong and Bangladesh, with other countries to follow. Stay tuned with us for the full review soon.