MICROSOFT HAS ANNOUNCED that the Nokia Lumia 530, the cheapest Windows Phone 8.1 handset yet, will go on sale in the UK on 4 September.
Microsoft Devices announced the release date on Tuesday, adding that the Lumia 530 will be available from EE, O2, Three and Vodafone, along with Phones 4u and Carphone Warehouse.
The firm also revealed that the handset will cost just £60, after revealing at the Lumia 530 unveiling last month that it will be priced at €100.
"With high-end apps, features and exceptional build quality at an amazing price, the Lumia 530 sets a new benchmark for affordable smartphones," said Conor Pierce, VP of Microsoft Devices UK and Ireland. "The Lumia 530 demonstrates our focus on welcoming more people to the Windows Phone ecosystem."
The Lumia 530 follows in the footsteps of the Nokia Lumia 520 smartphone, which the Finnish phone firm claimed last year was its most popular Windows Phone handset. Like its predecessor, the Lumia 530 features a 4in 854x480 resolution LCD touchscreen , but is powered by a faster quad-core 1.2GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon processor and Microsoft's Windows Phone 8.1 mobile operating system.
The Lumia 530's 5MP camera doesn't quite match the Lumia 930's 20MP sensor, but it might outperform its high-end end rival in terms of battery life, with its 1,430mAh battery offering 10 hours of talk time and 22 days on standby.
The Lumia 530 boasts just 4GB of internal storage, but this can be expanded by an additional 128GB via microSD card. µ