The 530 will start rolling out globally to select markets in August and will sell for less than €100 at its release (under $135). An official U.S. release date and pricing was not announced, but in June, Evleaks said the 530 would hit T-Mobile mid-summer and come to Cricket in the fall.
The 530 features a 4-inch display with 854-by-480 resolution at 246 pixels per inch, a slight upgrade from the 800-by-480 display on the 520/525. Under the hood the 530 comes with a 1.2GHz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 200 processor and 4GB onboard storage. That’s not much in terms of memory, but the handset also has a microSD slot that can hold another 128GB, and you’ll get an extra 15GB free OneDrive storage as well.
The biggest differentiator between the 520-era budget phones and the 530 is that the phone will come in single and dual SIM versions. Just like its predecessors, the 530 lacks a front-facing camera and has a 5 megapixel rear camera; however, the 530’s camera has a longer minimum focus range of 60cm, compared to 10cm on the 520/525.
The rest of the 530’s feature set is about what you’d expect: Bluetooth 4.0, 802.11b/g/n Wi-Fi, and Windows Phone 8.1. There’s also a 1430 mAh battery with a claim of 8.5 hours of Wi-Fi network browsing time (max).
Along with the 530, Nokia also announced a new smartphone accessory called the Bang mini speaker. Designed by Coloud, the Bang mini speaker is battery-powered, rechargeable, and claims a maximum 8 hours of playing time. You can also daisy chain multiple speakers for more sound. The Bang mini speaker will debut in the coming weeks with an asking price of €19 (about $25).