As expected, Microsoft announced its new Lumia smartphone, Lumia 535 for the Indian market. The Windows Phone device is special in its own way because it is the first Lumia to bear the Microsoft branding. The phone runs Windows Phone 8.1 that brings the usual features you’d expect from Microsoft’s OS and features the ‘power of five’ – a 5-inch qHD display, 5 megapixel front-facing camera and 5 Microsoft apps like OneDrive, Outlook, Skype, Bing, Outlook, MSN and Xbox Live.
The dual SIM phone also comes with a 1.2GHz quad-core processor, 1GB RAM, 8GB internal memory and microSD card slot supporting up to 128GB.
Nokia has priced it at Rs. 9,199 and comes with bundled offers like 500MB of 3G data from Vodafone for 2 months, shopping vouchers from Jabong for Rs. 6,000 in a span of 3 months, Rs. 600 worth of recharge from PayTM, Rs. 1,500 worth of ebooks from Flipkart and 2 months of BoxTV subscription absolutely free.
We played with the handset briefly that sported a glossy orange colour finish turned out to be a big fingerprint magnet. The phone’s size is decent for the phone but the display resolution was somewhat a downer considering phone manufacturers are bundling HD displays with their devices in the same price range.
The camera seemed decent that clicked some good indoor shots and even supports front-facing wide-angle shots up to 5 megapixel in resolution.
Overall, the phone seems to be okay as an entry-level device but will face some intense competition from Androids that have better hardware to sell at the same price.