Microsoft, the American software giant, after acquiring the ownership of the Finnish company Nokia this year, has gone further to drop the name of Nokia from its latest Lumia products. The first device to hit the market bearing the name and logo of Microsoft is the – Dual-SIM Microsoft Lumia 535.
The launch has kept the enthusiasts guessing as to whether Microsoft can hold up the legacy of great designs, performance, build quality and camera, which has been a patent for Nokia phones. The basic features which Microsoft Lumia 535 carries are:
- Sports a 5 inch IPS LCD capacitive touch screen
- Runs on Microsoft Windows Phone 8.1 OS
- Powered by 1.2GHz Quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 200 Processor
- Primary camera of 5MP with LED flash
- Secondary camera of 5MP
- Runs on 1GB RAM
- Internal storage of 8GB expandable to 128GB
- Li-Ion 1905mAh battery
- Supports 3G, Wi-Fi a/b/g/n and Bluetooth 4.0
The Lumia 535 follows the same trend as the earlier Lumia designs; having colourful plastic rear shells, available in cyan, orange, bright green, white and black colours. The 5 inch screen with thick bezels around it makes the Lumia 535 feel a lot wider than normal 5 inch phones, but then gripping becomes a problem. The plastic also does not seem to be of supreme quality as the back seems to flex and pop when pressed.
Lumia 535 comes with a 5 inch IPS LCD touch screen with the protection of Corning Gorilla Glass 3. The screen resolution rests at 540×960 pixels, while the pixel density is recorded to be 220ppi. It is a much better offer than other Lumia screens but there is some pixelation in text. The screen is not much bright and when viewed at angles, a bit of discolouration can be seen. Even response to touch is disappointing but performance under sunlight and outdoors seems to be adequate.
Lumia 535 runs on a 1.2GHZ Cortex-A7 processor powered by a quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 200 SoC and Adreno 302 GPU, which gives a powerful boost to the system. Along with it, the system runs on 1GB of RAM which may not seem adequate to some. The device has an internal memory of 8GB which can be expanded to 128GB via MicroSD card.
Lumia 535 is gifted with the latest Windows operating system – the Microsoft Windows Phone 8.1 having the latest Denim updates and a lot of new features. The camera has the greatest number of new features, while the App store may still seem to be quite barren. However, 535 come laden with some third-party apps such as Hike, Jabong, TimesCity, Flipkart eBooks, Facebook and Twitter, which you can uninstall later if required.
The Lumia 535 comes with a 5MP primary rear camera and LED flash, upgraded with a ton of self-branded apps to facilitate the user like the Lumia Camera, Lumia Creative Studio, Lumia Cinematograph, Lumia Selfie and Lumia Storyteller. It captures decent images in favourable lighting and even in low lighting it does a decent job of allowing in adequate light to mar the little noise it produce. However, video recording is not what one can expect of a Lumia phone.
The 5MP front camera comes as pure revelation with the selfies having a great deal of detail and depth with the 24mm wide angle lens being an added boon.
Lumia 535 comes with a 1905mAh battery which can last for almost 8-9 hours on heavy usage. One may expect to squeeze in a day and a half’s worth of lasting with moderate usage. Thus the battery experience if not exemplary is quite satisfactory.
Lumia 535 comes as a mixed bag having a fair share of good and not-so-good features. The speakers though tiny are loud and the call sound quality is excellent. Though the unresponsive touch screen and bad build quality is a drawback, it makes up with its fantastic camera and a decent battery life.
So if you want a phone at a sub-10K budget having a decent set of features then this can prove to be a good bet only if you can do away with the poor build quality and touch response.
Microsoft Lumia 535 Price: Rs 9,199 (Flipkart)