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Microsoft Debuts Lumia 530, Its Lowest Cost Windows Phone to Date

The phone, which goes on sale next month, is priced at 85 euros, or around $115.


Microsoft on Wednesday debuted the Lumia 530, a new entry-level model that packs a four-inch screen, Windows Phone 8.1 and a sticker price of under $115, without subsidies.

To hit that price, the phone lacks a front-facing camera and support for high-speed LTE phone networks.

The move comes a week after Microsoft announced plans to stop development of the Android-based Nokia X and other non-Windows devices.

“We are moving quickly to help more people experience the uncompromised Lumia technologies, third-party apps, and Microsoft services that we deliver on our flagship products,” Microsoft devices unit VP Jo Harlow said in a statement. “Lumia 530 underscores our commitment to making affordable smartphones for everyone, and introducing more people to the best of Microsoft.”

The Lumia 530 is slated to hit the market next month, Microsoft said. Other features include a 1.2GHz quad-core Qualcomm processor and a five-megapixel rear camera. It will come in both single-SIM and dual-SIM models.

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