Microsoft’s latest budget handset is the first Lumia device to drop the Nokia branding, while also carrying low-end specs and familiar looks. The Lumia 535 is one of the thinner budget smartphones we’ve seen and has a selfie-focused front-facing camera.
In terms of design, the 535 is similar to previous Lumia devices, offering a colorful aesthetic and plastic build. The device measures just 8.8 mm (0.35 in) thick, with that 5 MP wide angle front-facing camera, designed to capture some solid selfies.
It has a spacious 5-inch display, but only has 960 x 540 resolution (220 pixels per inch). That’s a far cry from high-end offerings, but it’s a fairly standard resolution for low-end handsets.
Running Windows Phone 8.1, the device has a 1.2 GHz quad core Snapdragon 200 processor with 1 GB RAM. At 8 GB, the internal storage offering islight, but there’s 15 GB OneDrive cloud storage bundled in, and the inclusion of a microSD card slot means you’ll be able to add up to 128 GB of extra space for photos, videos and other content.
Its 1,905 mAh battery supplies an estimated "up to 13 hours" of talk time, and both single and dual-SIM variants of the handset will be available.
The Lumia 535 is expected to ship for €110 (US$137) before taxes and subsidies, landing first in China, India and Russia this month, with a European release to follow.
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