My thoughts on the Lumia 532

For some strange reasons, Microsoft Lumia is concentrating on the low end and mid range mobiles rather than the high end mobiles. They justify this stance with some marketing statistics and some financial gyaan. I am not here to say that what they are doing is wrong, but I really want to see the high end devices from Lumia more than these low hanging fruits. If there is any operating system that can give you the same user experience in a high end device and a low end device, then that would be the Windows Phone OS. The moment Microsoft realized this fact, they started making budget devices. The Lumia 520 paved way for this strategy and now Microsoft will soon run out of numbers to name their mobile models in this segment. We had the Lumia 525, 530 and then the 535 and now we have the Lumia 532.

The Lumia 532 is here to prove a point that has been proved over and over that Windows phone can run smoothly on minimal hardware. It is powered by  Qualcomm MSM8212 Snapdragon 200 Quad-core 1.2 GHz Cortex-A7 processor and has a 1 GB RAM. It has an internal storage of 8 GB and memory can be expanded by SD card. It has a four inch display and thick at almost 12mm. It is powered by a 1560 mAh battery. When it comes to robust construction, there is no word left to describe Lumia’s excellence in that department. But design aesthetics is something Lumia could have concentrated with the Lumia 532. It is a very thick device and not that pleasing in the eyes, when compared to all the options available in the market at this price range. But on the plus side, the device is comfortable to hold and handle because of its weight and thickness.

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The display is mediocre, but for this price range of Rs 6300, it does its job for sure. It has average readability in direct sunlight and the viewing angles are also pretty decent. The battery lasts for little over a day and the gaming performance is just about good when you play graphic intensive games. It does not have 4G LTE connectivity.

The camera performance is poor. Lumia is generally known for great camera. But the Lumia 532 has a primitive 5Mp camera with no flash. The camera is fixed focus and the front camera is just a VGA. You can see from the samples below that the focusing is a bit unpredictable and difficult to master. The colors are close to natural but it is a bit washed out. The images are not sharp and tends to have grainy images even under full sunlight.

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Lumia 532 is not a disappointment in total, but it could have been priced lower. It was launched for Rs 6500 and now you can get it for less that Rs 6200. If you a are ready to pay a bit more, there are lot of options available in the market that offers better features and performance. The likes of Lenovo, Xiaomi and Motorola are already making a killing in this segment. If only this device has been priced at Rs 5000 or less, all its flaws would have been forgiven.

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Check out the knockout challenge video below. I compare the Lumia 532 with a budget android device. The challenge is pretty close, but at the end I give it to the Lumia 532 just because it is able to achieve so much of performance with so little of hardware.


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