Microsoft Unveils Much-Anticipated Lumia 535 Smartphones
The Lumia 535 will come in 3G single-SIM or 3G dual-SIM models and retail for about $138, depending on the market. Release schedules have not yet been disclosed.Microsoft took the wraps off its new Lumia 535 smartphone after several weeks of rumors, and it turns out that two models of the Lumia 535 will actually be released, including single- and dual-SIM versions. The new smartphones were announced by Microsoft in a Nov. 10 blog post on the Blogging Windows Blog. Highlighting each of the Lumia 535 models is a bright 5-inch capacitive discharge touch-screen display covered by Corning's Gorilla Glass 3, a 5MP auto-focus, wide-angle main camera, Windows Phone 8.1, a 1,905-mAh removable battery and 8GB of internal memory. The phones will also support micro SD cards of up to 128GB for additional storage. The Lumia 535 also includes a Qualcomm Snapdragon 200 1.2GHz quad-core processor, a 5MP fixed-focus front camera and Microsoft's Cortana digital assistant. Also included are integrated Microsoft services such as Skype, OneNote, a Lumia selfie app and the Lumia Denim Update, which provides enhancements for Windows Phone 8.1. For users, the availability of the new Lumia 535 with either a single- or dual-SIM card adds flexibility, particularly for users who often travel to foreign countries and want to get lower rates on calls or avoid carrying two phones. By having a dual-SIM model, the Lumia 535 allows users to install SIM cards for their native countries and for the countries where they are traveling so they can get the best of rates in both places.
Both phones will be available in November in "key markets," according to Microsoft, but so far, no further details on availability or pricing by country have been announced. It is not yet known if the phones will be available in the United States or when.