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Microsoft has just revealed the Lumia 530 and while its the successor to the best selling Lumia 520, we don’t exactly think that ways. Both the Lumia 530 and Lumia 630 have been a step backwards rather than taking Windows Phone and the Lumia series to the next level. Let’s take a look at the specs of these phones and see what exactly is Microsoft planning to achieve.

Lumia 530 vs. Lumia 520 Vs. Lumia 525 vs. Lumia 620 vs. Lumia 630 vs. Moto E

Lumia 530 Lumia 520 Lumia 525 Lumia 620 Lumia 630 Moto E
Display 4 inch 480×854 pixel 4 inch 480×800 pixel IPS LCD 4 inch 480×800 pixel IPS LCD 3.8 inch 480×800 pixel TFT with Clearback 4.5 inches IPS LCD, 480×854 pixels with Clearblack 4.3 inch, 540×960 pixels
Pixel Density 245 233 233 246 218 256
SoC Snapdragon 200 Snapdragon S4 Snapdragon S4 Snapdragon S4 Snapdragon 400 Snapdragon 200
Processor 1.2GHz quad core 1GHz dual core Cortex A7 1GHz dual core Cortex A7 1GHz dual core Cortex A7 1.2GHz quad core 1.2GHz dual core Cortex A7
GPU Adreno 302 Adreno 305 Adreno 305 Adreno 305 Adreno 305 Adreno 302
RAM 512MB 512MB 1GB 512MB 512MB 1GB
Camera 5MP FF 5MP 5MP 5MP + flash 5MP 5MP
Video 480p 720p 720p 720p 720p 480p
Secondary camera None None None VGA None None
Battery 1,430mAh 1,430mAh 1,430mAh 1,300mAh 1,830mAh 1,980mAh
Storage 4GB 8GB 8GB 8GB 8GB 4GB
MicroSD slot Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Platform WP8.1 WP8.1 WP8.1 WP8.1 WP8.1 Android 4.4.2
Dual SIM Yes No No No Yes Yes

There you have it. Take away the slightly faster processor and dual SIM capabilities and the Lumia 530 fails to stand up to the Lumia 520, forget the slightly better Lumia 525. It’s got less memory, worse GPU and camera, worse video recording capabilities, less screen space for content and probably missing ambient light sensor and proximity sensor too. We’re not sure what exactly is going in Microsoft execs’ mind here. The Lumia 520 already retails for $100 in many countries and the Lumia 530 will only be released starting at $115. Is this Microsoft’s way of convincing people that the Lumia 520 is still a great device? Really, we’re not sure. What’s worse, all of Microsoft’s low end line up has started to look alike. That’s something people hate the most about Samsung and now the Lumia series is at it too.

If it was for us to choose, we’d have picked a Lumia 525 or the Moto E any day over the other phones. Perhaps, there’s a Lumia 535 in the pipeline and it will live up to our expectations.