Microsoft Lumia 535 fully detailed ahead of tomorrow's launch

Microsoft Lumia 535 fully detailed ahead of tomorrow's launch

UPDATE: It's alive...

After months of wondering when the first non-Nokia branded Lumia Windows Phone would appear, suddenly we're faced with the prospect of the Microsoft Lumia 535 launch being just one day away.

The event was teased last week, of course, but now comes a veritable flood of info, including a decent number of both images and headline specs.

It's respected WP-following blog WMPoweruser providing us with the spoilers, so we can dispense with any doubt we might have and get down to the nitty gritty without delay.

Starting with the images, our excitement at seeing a set of nine exclusive pics does fade once we see they're actually of a dummy handset, and that several appear just to be different crops of the same basic pic.

And to be fair the main thing we're interested in is checking out the Microsoft logo on the back, which looks, well, pretty much exactly how you'd expect.

That aside, it's your typical Windows Phone kaleidoscope of colour on screen surrounded by the usual moulded plastic Lumia chassis.

Want specs? You're looking at a 5in qHD display – yes, that's just 960 x 540 pixels – backed by a 1.2GHz Snapdragon 200 processor with 1GB of RAM and 8GB of internal memory.

The cameras are equally middling, offering 5MP/VGA resolutions, while the battery checks in at 1900mAh and the overall dimensions are 140.2 x 72.45 x 9.32mm.

As usual there's the typical riot of Lumia colours to choose from, including black, white, gray, blue, orange, blue and green.

In all, then, it's hardly anything to write home about, though perhaps it's unfair to expect that at what will likely be a fairly attractive price tag.

The point is there's doesn't seem to be anything about the Lumia 535 – and yes, that includes the change of branding – that will likely affect anyone's opinion about the Lumia range one way or the other.

Which, all things considered, makes for bad news for Microsoft.

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JanSt / MOD  Nov. 10, 2014 at 19:46

Well, wow. WOW!
In fairness - it's probably more about the "Denim" update to WP, than about this pointless phone. Or, wait... no, Denim's already on the 730, no? See, I'm confused. Thanks, Microsoft.

bilbob  Nov. 10, 2014 at 19:48

Y'see, to me, if they price that right, and given that it's a 5xx range device, they likely will, I reckon it'll sell by the truckload.
The critical error from the last range starter was a lack of front shooter, corrected here. 5" screen? Ok resolution, 1gb ram? This'll perform very well, if it's sub 100 quid.
Only one thing, didn't see if it had a uSD card slot? If it does, it's a no brainer for many.

JanSt / MOD  Nov. 10, 2014 at 21:40

Y'see, to me, if they price that right, and given that it's a 5xx range device, they likely will, I reckon it'll sell by the truckload.
The critical error from the last range starter was a lack of front shooter, corrected here. 5" screen? Ok resolution, 1gb ram? This'll perform very well, if it's sub 100 quid.
Only one thing, didn't see if it had a uSD card slot? If it does, it's a no brainer for many.


I agree - except for the screen size. The 520 has a 4in screen. It's pocket-able, it's iPhone 5 territory... Do enough people who want a budget Lumia also want a 5in device?
But yes, it'll be a decent device given a good price. The 512MB RAM Lumias are good enough for GTA SA!!! WP8.x is very fast and very efficient. So bring it on.

babylon  Nov. 10, 2014 at 23:13

Well, My Samsung Ativ s got the new Windows 8.1 update the other day, Wife just got a new phone, And I was gonna swap the Ativ for her Note II, But the update has possibly changed my mind, It has always been pretty slick, But it felt like it had something missing, It's now slicker and better.
If Microsoft spent some of that money they unnecessarily wasted on buying Skype and Nokia to get more App development, It really could be a great OS, I mean, There's not even an official DropBox App.

JanSt / MOD  Nov. 10, 2014 at 23:42

+1

JanSt / MOD  Nov. 11, 2014 at 04:50

PS: @babylon,
I have always wondered IF Microsoft actually wanted to buy skype or if they got some big incentive from certain parties to buy it?
But that is tinfoil hat territory ;)

bilbob  Nov. 11, 2014 at 09:02

@Babylon: dropbox app incoming following last weeks announcement...

bilbob  Nov. 11, 2014 at 09:15

Just read on windowscentral that its gone official. It DOES have SD support, and its even got the 5mp front cam from the 735...
If they price this right, and get it out quick...

Oh and Jan... I actually think that buyers in this range would prefer the larger screen... more fashion conscious than practicalities, and whilst I agree, I prefer 4.5 screens too, but fashion is fashion...

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