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Differences between the Lumia 530 and the Lumia 520

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The Lumia 520 was launched sometime last year (2013) and went ahead to be one of the most successful Smartphones running Windows Phone OS. The phone was received well and given that it was an entry level Smartphone, it was mainly available in emerging markets such as Kenya. After the success of the Lumia 520 Nokia (now Microsoft devices) came back with its successor, the Lumia 530 that is still targeting emerging markets.

The Lumia 530 and Lumia 520 have a lot of similarities and a few differences. We are going to look at some of their differences for you to determine if the upgrade is necessary.


The first and biggest difference that you will notice between the Lumia 530 and Lumia 520 is the design. The Lumia 530 has rounded corners compared to the angular design of the Lumia 520. The 530 is also slightly smaller compared to its predecessor but is thicker and heavier. It weighs 129g and is 11.7mm thick compared to the Lumia 520 that is 9.9mm thick and weighs 124g. Both devices are available in colourful back covers that can be interchanged.

Read: Nokia Lumia 530 Specs Review and Best Price In Kenya

Processor Power and Storage

The Lumia 530 has a 1.2GHz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 200 processor that is more powerful compared to the 1.2GHz dual-core processor of the Lumia 520. The RAM of both these Smartphones is 512MB with the internal storage space of the Lumia 530 being lower at 4GB compared to the 8GB of the Lumia 520. The storage space of the 530 can be expanded up to 128GB while that of the 520 can only reach 64GB.

Operating System

Straight out of the box, the Lumia 530 runs Windows Phone 8.1. This means that you will be getting all the new features of Windows Phone.


Both the Lumia 530 and Lumia 520 are available in 4-inch sizes. The Lumia 530 has a resolution of 854 x 480 pixels (245ppi) that is slightly sharper compared to the 800 x 480 pixels (233pp) of the Lumia 520. This is a very small change that most people will not notice.

Read: Nokia X2 Review

Battery Capacity

Battery capacity is a very important feature for most Smartphone owners. The Lumia 520 had a 1430mAh and given its low performance needs, there were not many complaints in this department. Nokia did not see the need to change this and used the same battery this year. Nokia has also included the ‘battery saver’ feature activated when the battery capacity is low. This will reduce your phone’s consumption of power for a better battery life.

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