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Nokia X vs. Nokia Lumia 530 – Specifications and Pricing Compared

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Nokia has been concentrating more on the entry-level smartphone segment in recent years.

One of the highly successful Windows phones in this segment was the Lumia 520. The company has brought out the latest generation of this device, Lumia 530. Even though Nokia has gone into the hands of Microsoft, they surprised many by coming out with a couple of phones running on the Android platform. The Nokia X was one of the few Nokia devices that ran on android.

Display

These are entry-level smartphones and it is straightaway deduced from the 4 inch displays. These displays do not hold a spectacular resolution. Instead, they offer a more functional 480 x 800 pixels that seem good enough for a phone in this class. The Lumia 530 offers a slightly different version of this resolution and it manages a few more pixels per inch. More importantly, the Nokia X uses the IPS panels which are easily legible even in direct sunlight because of the higher brightness levels. Despite being the new device of the two, the Lumia 530 offers only the older TFT technology.

Memory

It is not surprising to see them offer only 4 GB of internal storage. Being the newer device of the two, the Lumia 530 offers support to up to 128 GB microSD cards like many high-end smartphones. The Nokia X can go up to just 32 GB.

Even though the Nokia X came out only in March 2014, connectivity options are surprisingly of the older generations. This is especially true in the case of Bluetooth were instead of the new 4.0 versions, the phone uses the older 3.0 version. This may result in slower data transfer speeds. The Lumia 530 will be capable of supporting speeds of up to 21 Mb per second on the network whereas the Nokia X reaches only to 7.2 Mb per second.

Operating System

Operating system presents a seismic difference between the two phones with Nokia X offering the open source version of the Android OS and the Lumia 530 providing the Windows Phone 8.1 OS. One of the unique aspects of the Lumia 530 is that the user experience remains largely similar, even though this is an entry-level device. This is partly because of the Windows OS being heavily optimized to run on phones, even with a 1.2 GHz processor like the Lumia 530. Even though the processor may be down on clock speed compared to the mid-range or high end smartphones, this is a quad core processor. This is substantially powerful than the dual core 1 GHz processor on the Nokia X.

Due to similar screen size, both phones offer battery rated at around 1500 mAh. The battery on the Nokia Lumia 530 is slightly smaller at 1430 mAh. A 3.15 megapixel camera is offered on the rear of the Nokia X whereas the Lumia 530 provides a superior five megapixel camera. The Lumia 530 is available at around $115 whereas the Nokia X costs just under $100.