Nokia Lumia 530 vs. Nokia Lumia X – The Specs Battle of Budget Phones
Both the Nokia Lumia 530 and Nokia Lumia X are designed for developing countries and markets.
For many users, the devices might be the first smartphone they bought. Their price is the selling point, as well as the possibility to fit two SIM cards in the phone. The specs and features are not something to be excited about; but the handsets are reliable budget phones. Not everyone can afford an iPhone 6 or Samsung Galaxy S5.
Design and Display
The Lumia 530 looks to continue the success of the Lumia 520, one of the best selling budget phones on the market. Due to the neon colored case, the phone is instantly recognized as one of the Lumia line. What the phone doesn’t offer is ergonomic feel. The Lumia 530 is a bit chunky. The phone has a curved back. Even though it is pretty light, weighing just 129 grams, the device feels uncomfortable in the hand. The Nokia X on the other hand, is spot on, when it comes to ergonomics. Nokia has a history of extremely beautiful designing and the X is no exception. Even though the design is a bit square, the X feels comfortable in the hand and can be controlled rather easily. The polycarbonate plastic is again the material used, but the company has become the master of plastic. The screen size and resolution is where users might get disappointed. The Lumia 530 features a 4inch screen display, with resolution of 854×480. The X comes with even less pixels on the 4 inch screen, as it produces only 480×800 pixels.
Hardware and Operating System
The Lumia 530 is a slightly more powerful device. The handset is powered by a Snapdragon 200, quad core processor. Clocked at 1.2GHz, the Lumia 530 has 512MB RAM memory. The Nokia X, on the other hand, is powered only by a dual core processor, clocked at 1GHz. The RAM memory is the same as in the Lumia 530, 1GB. Another thing these devices have in common is the built in memory. Both of the devices have 4GB available space with an option to add a microSD card. However, the Lumia 530 supports a bigger microSD card, up to 128GB, while the X can handle only 32GB additional space. While there might be few seconds loading time, especially when making unexpected jumps, it is something that should be expected from a device with such a low price. The swishing, between menus, is lag free, however. What separates the Lumia 530 from other budget phones is the OS. Running on the Windows Phone 8.1, it comes with several good features; for example, maps application which offers directions for driving and one of the best free music streaming up, MixRadio. The Nokia X runs on something called Nokia X Platform, which is essentially an Android 4.1 OS. The biggest downside is that the PlayStore is not available. Another difference from Android powered devices is that the OS found in Nokia X has only one button at the front.
For taking the occasional snap, both devices are decent. The Lumia 530 has a 5-MP rear sensor, while the X comes with 3-MP rear facing camera. However, neither of the handsets is something you are going to use, while on a holiday.
For a budget phone, the devices are quite reliable, thanks to their powerful batteries. While there is no information how many hours the handsets can handle, both are very reliable and can last for 2-3 days without charging. The Lumia 530 features a 1430 mAh battery, while the X comes with 1500 mAh battery capacity.
This is the single greatest selling point of the devices. The price of the Lumia 530 is set at $100. The Nokia X is a bit more expensive, with the price set at $120.