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Lumia 530 in Kenya for Ksh. 10,000

You can see from the title I didn’t say Nokia. I’m not saying the phone is not Nokia Lumia. It is. Its just that Microsoft will for sure drop the name Nokia very soon and I don’t know what will be the fate of all the currently branded (physically) Lumias. However here is the 4 inch display Nokia Lumia 530 which is now available in Kenya

First of all, I think this phone is an improvement to the 2013 best selling windows smartphone, the Lumia 530. The Lumia 520 won the hearts of many and up to now I am justified to say: it is value for the money. But I still wouldn’t buy it. For reasons like this:

  • No Flash on Back Camera
  • No Front Camera

The drawbacks on the Lumia 520 sadly are also present on the 530. I don’t know why they insist on not adding a front camera and incorporating flash. Why Nokia? Or should that be “Why Microsoft?”


The Lumia 530 is a budget smartphone. It runs Windows Phone 8.1 meaning there’s the pull down notification bar Windows Phone users have been waiting for. The processor is a Quad Core Qualcomm Snapdragon 200 clocked at 1.2 GHz.

The phone has 4GB internal memory and 512MB RAM. The storage is expandable up to 128GB using an external micro SD card. That amount of supported external storage is a first, I guess, on low ends. Or rather almost low ends.

The camera is 5.0MP and can manage photos with a resolution of up to 2592 x 1936 pixels and 480p videos at 30fps.

The phone display is a little better than that on the 520. It is 4 inches, as I had said, with a resolution of 480 x 854 pixels meaning a pixel density of 245 ppi.

As usual for Nokia, the phone is available in bright colours but there’s white and black for the more conservative people. I still don’t understand why Nokia or Microsoft, or whoever designed the phone still insisted on it being 4 inches only. Even Apple gave up on small phones. The greatest excuse we hear is that it is easy to use with one hand.

The phone is available for Ksh. 9,999 through Orange Kenya.

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