Microsoft today launched the Lumia 535 in India, the first ever non-Nokia Lumia smartphone after the acquisition. Focusing on the affordable segment, the device is priced at Rs 9,199 and will go on sale later this week on November 28. We spent some time with the Lumia 535 at its launch event in Mumbai, and here are our first impressions.
The device is touted to be an upgrade of the Nokia Lumia 530 and design-wise Microsoft has stuck to the successful Lumia series’ design language. The phone with its round-edges and vibrant back covers all yelled trademark Lumia, except that the Nokia logo on top was replaced by the Microsoft logo.
It has a 5-inch display with qHD (960×540 pixels) resolution, and the company claims that the display gives you super outdoor visibility. Unfortunately we weren’t able to test it, and we will keep it for when we review the smartphone. The display also boasts Gorilla Glass 3 protection, so you won’t have to worry about keys or loose change scratching the screen.
The Lumia 535 is easy to hold and navigate with one hand, and weighs just 146 grams with a thickness of 8.8mm. It has a replaceable cover, which Microsoft claims is a huge selling point as users can reinvent their phones with different color options and replace their batteries instead of their phones if the need be.
The volume and power buttons are on the top-right side. The microUSB charging point is at the bottom and the 3.5mm audio jack sits on top. The speaker is located below at the back.
In our little time with the device, the phone was easy to use, smooth and no lags were experienced. The phone is powered by a 1.2GHz Snapdragon 200 quad-core processor, so no improvements there from the Lumia 530. But the RAM has been upped to 1GB.
It also features 8GB internal storage that can be expanded up to 128GB via a microSD card and a 1,905mAh battery which the company claims is good enough for 11 hours of talktime and up to 23 days on standby mode.
We tested the camera, and the pictures were vibrant and crisp. The camera also has plenty of manual settings that can be tweaked The front-camera does what it is touted to and selfie lovers will appreciate the wide-angle lens while clicking “groupies.”
While the brand name has changed, Microsoft has stayed true to the Lumia legacy. With a flash alongside the rear camera, as well as 1GB of RAM, the Lumia 535 is quite a decent upgrade over its predecessor. We will have a detailed look at Microsoft’s first Lumia device in our review, so stay tuned!