Microsoft has announced a dual-SIM phone, the Lumia 540 that really fits between the Lumia 640 and the Lumia 535 by specifics. In particular, it has the same display of the first model and the same processor of the latter model. The phone will go on sale for $149 in India, the Middle East, Africa and Asia Pacific starting May.

The Lumia 530 Dual SIM packs a 5-inch IPS LCD display (1280 x 720 pixels at 294 ppi). Other specs include a 1.2GHz quad-core Snapdragon 200 processor, 1GB of RAM and 8GB of internal storage along with microSD expansion up to 128GB. In addition, the Lumia maker also offers 15GB of free OneDrive cloud storage and add 15GB more if the user leverages Auto Upload feature of the service.

Lumia 540 will be upgradable to Windows 10 later in the year.

The phone borrows the same 8MP rear sensor with LED flash from the Lumia 640 but doesn’t support 1080p video recording due to the processor capabilities. Whereas the front camera packs 5MP wide-angle sensor with f/2.4 – the same as the Lumia 535 – hence this smartphone is aimed at selfie-lovers too.

In connectivity options, it includes Wi-Fi 802.11b/g/ n, Bluetooth 4.0 LE, GPS, micro USB 2.0, 3.5mm headphone jack. The removable battery is 2200 mAh and provides up to 14 hours talk time and 24 days on standby. The 540 measures 144 × 73.69 × 9.35 mm and weighs 152 grams.

With all proprietary apps and services like Office and Skype, the phone runs Windows Phone 8.1 Update 2 with Lumia Denim onboard, and will be available in cyan, orange, white and black colors.


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