Updated on 2015-2-17: Micromax Lumia 532 has been launched in India for 6,499 INR.

Microsoft announced couple of new smartphones based on Windows Phone 8.1 with Lumia Denim update earlier this week. It can be said that these smartphones are great value for money offerings in the segment. Of the duo, the Lumia 532 is a better one in terms of specifications and it comes with a relatively higher pricing. Here is a quick review on the Lumia 532 for those who are interested in buying the smartphone.

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Camera and Internal Storage

Microsoft has included a 5 MP fixed focus rear shooter and a VGA front facing snapper on the Lumia 532 and these aspects sound quite low end. It goes without saying that the device lacks decent an imaging hardware wherein its competitors in the same price bracket arrive with better aspects that will result in enhanced photography performance.

Internal storage is standard as the entry level smartphone bundles 8 GB of native storage space that can be expanded externally by another 128 GB with the help of a micro SD card. These storage aspects are quite standard as its Android counterparts and there is no issue in the storage segment.

Processor and Battery

Operating within the Lumia 532 is a quad core Qualcomm Snapdragon 200 processor that ticks at 1.2 GHz clock speed. This processor is teamed up with 1 GB of RAM that should be capable of rendering a decent multitasking experience and pretty enough for the Windows Phone 8.1 platform to sail through efficiently.

An average 1,560 mAh battery powers the Microsoft offering and it is rated to pump in up to 12 hours of talk time to the smartphone. This backup should be a good one considering the pricing of the device.

Display and Features

The handset is bestowed with a 4 inch display that carries a WVGA screen resolution of 480×800 pixels. Of course, this screen is not impressive, but it should suffice for moderate tasks without much hassle.

Connectivity, wise, the Lumia 532 is packed with aspects such as Wi-Fi, 3G, Bluetooth and GPS. Also, there is a dual SIM variant of the smartphone that will be launched depending on the market. Based on Windows Phone 8.1 with Lumia Denim update, there are features such as Live Folders, Cortana and Apps Corner. Also, the Lumia Camera app is preloaded and it will come with Lumia Selfie enabling users to click, edit and share self portrait shots easily. The handset comes with preloaded HERE location services as well.

Comparison

The Microsoft Lumia 532 would be finding a competition from entry level devices such as Asus Zenfone 4, Xiaomi Redmi 1S, Samsung Z1 and others that are specced better despite falling in the same price bracket.

Key Specs

Model Microsoft Lumia 532
Display 4 inch, WVGA
Processor 1.2 GHz Quad Core Snapdragon 200
RAM 1 GB
Internal Storage 8 GB, Expandable up to 128 GB
OS Windows Phone 8.1 with Lumia Denim
Camera 5 MP/ VGA
Battery 1,560 mAh
Price 6,499 INR

What we Like

  • Additional features with Lumia Denim update

What we Dislike

  • Basic imaging hardware without LED flash

Conclusion

The Lumia 532 is a low end Windows Phone smartphone that has been launched by the software giant. Notably, the entry level market is getting advanced with 4G LTE offerings getting priced aggressively and the Lumia 532 with a basic spec sheet will definitely face a tough battle from such phones. It all depends on the pricing that Microsoft will launch the smartphone at in order to lure buyers.