Another for the future-proof pot: Lumia 532

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Launched alongside the 435 is the almost identical (with a VERY slight camera bump) 532, also available in single and dual SIM versions, both also backing up my theory that the goalposts on Windows 10 compatibility have been changing, with these also coming with 8GB of internal storage and 1GB RAM, despite the price.

From the Conversations post:

Today, we welcome the new Lumia 532 and Lumia 532 Dual SIM: Microsoft’s latest quad-core smartphone with an affordable price tag.

Shipping with the latest Windows Phone 8.1 operating system, including the Lumia Denim Update, the Lumia 532 comes loaded with Action Center, Word Flow, Live Folders, and Cortana (in select markets).

Featuring a 5-megapixel main camera, the Lumia 532 is always on hand to capture the world at a moment’s notice, and thanks to the Lumia Camera app you’ve got total control over your camera settings – like a pro.

...When it comes to storage, the Lumia 532 comes with 8GB built in with the option to expand that up to 128GB using the micro SD slot. And again, there’s up to 30GB of free OneDrive cloud storage should you need more.

As has been the tradition for all of our devices, the Lumia 532 follows our trend in design, durability and our continued use of bold colours, such as bright green, bright orange, white and black.

The Lumia 532 will begin rolling out in Europe, APAC and IMEA in February. Pricing will vary by market and operator but is estimated to be around 79 EUR before taxes and subsidies.

Specifications include:

  • Windows 8.1/Denim out of the box
  • 4" LCD WVGA screen
  • 1.2GHz Snapdragon 200 (quad core) processor
  • 1GB RAM
  • 8GB internal storage plus microSD
  • 5MP fixed focus camera/VGA front-facing camera
  • repleaceable 1560mAh battery

So, in other words, almost identical to the 435, with just the quad core processor and slight resolution change in the fixed focus rear camera the differentiators. The 435/532 models can, for most purposes and people, be thought of as the same device, branded differently for different markets.

As I said in the 435 news story:

What's interesting about the specs, other than the welcome inclusion of a front-facing camera, is that the 8GB flash/1GB RAM spec is higher than you'd expect for something at this price level. Previously, Microsoft had said that 'all' Windows Phone 8.1 smartphones would get Windows 10 when it arrives, but the arrival of this and the recent Lumia 535, both with 8GB/1GB combinations lead me to suspect that this might be the minimum needed for long term future compatibility. Certainly the likes of the Lumia 530 and perhaps even the 635 might be left out in the cold when the time comes.

As usual, there's a promo video, for the '532 dual SIM', from a 'real world' use case:

Source / Credit: Conversations