Microsoft Lumia 535

Now the ink is dry on Microsoft’s buyout of Nokia, the Nokia name is now a thing of the past on Lumia phones. Say hello, then, to the Microsoft Lumia 535. Name aside, it’s business as usual for a Lumia. It has that familiar plastic body, with rounded replaceable covers. But instead of celebrating the Microsoft takeover with an all-singing, all-dancing flagship, the Lumia 535 is an ultra-budget phone.

Its 5-inch display has a 960×540-pixel resolution, it has a 1.2GHz quad-core processor and 5-megapixel cameras on the front and back. One area that’s particularly lacking is its connectivity — the Lumia 535 does not support 4G data speeds, so you’ll only be able to use 3G networks.

  • Front camera: 5MP wide angle 
  • Flash type: LED flash 
  • Processor type: Quad-core 1.2GHz 
  • Maximum talk time (3G): 13 h


  • Operating System
    • Software release: Windows Phone 8.1 with Lumia Denim
  • Size & weight
    • Height: 140.2 mm
    • Width: 72.4 mm
    • Thickness2: 8.8 mm
    • Weight: 146 g
  • Display
    • Display size: 5 ”
    • Display resolution: qHD (960 x 540)
    • Display colours: TrueColor (24-bit/16M)
    • Display technology: IPS LCD
    • Pixel density: 220 ppi
    • Display features: Brightness control, Tactile feedback, Orientation sensor, Sunlight readability enhancements, Corning® Gorilla® Glass 3, High brightness mode, Scratch resistant glass
    • Touch screen technology: Capacitive Multipoint-Touch
  • Memory
    • Mass memory3: 8 GB
    • RAM: 1 GB
    • Maximum memory card size: 128 GB
    • Expandable memory card type: MicroSD
    • Free cloud storage: 15 GB
    • User data storage: In device, Memory card, OneDrive cloud storage, App and data storage on memory card
  • Battery4
    • Replaceable battery: Yes
    • Battery capacity: 1905 mAh
    • Battery voltage: 3.7 V
    • Maximum standby time: 23 days
    • Maximum talk time (2G): 11 h
    • Maximum talk time (3G): 13 h
    • Maximum music playback time: 78 h
    • Maximum Wi-Fi network browsing time: 8.5 h
    • Maximum video playback time: 6.5 h
  • Design
    • Design details: Exchangeable back cover
    • Other user interface features: Double-tap to wake, Tactile feedback, Vibrating alerts, Voice commands, Word flow keyboard
  • Keys and Input Methods
    • User Input: Touch
    • Operating keys: Volume keys, Power/Lock key
  • Sensors
    • Sensors: Ambient light sensor, Accelerometer, Proximity sensor
  • Processor
    • CPU name: Snapdragon™ 200
    • Number of cores: Quad core
    • Clock rate: 1200 MHz
    • Snapdragon™ 200



  • Connectivity basics
    • SIM card type: Micro SIM
    • AV connectors: 3.5 mm audio connector
    • Charging connectors: Micro-USB
    • System connectors: Micro-USB-B
    • USB: USB 2.0
    • Bluetooth: Bluetooth 4.0
    • Bluetooth profiles: Advanced Audio Distribution Profile (A2DP) 1.2, Audio/Video Remote Control Profile (AVRCP) 1.4, Generic Attribute Profile (GATT), Hands-free profile (HFP) 1.6, Object Push profile (OPP) 1.1, Personal Area Network Profile (PAN) 1.1, Phone Book Access Profile (PBAP) 1.1
    • Wi-Fi: WLAN IEEE 802.11 b/g/n
    • Wi-Fi hotspot: Up to 8 Wi-Fi-enabled devices
  • Local sharing
    • Peer-to-peer sharing: Lumia Beamer, Lumia Storyteller, Play To DLNA app
  • Cellular connectivity5
    • GSM network: 850 MHz, 900 MHz, 1800 MHz, 1900 MHz
    • GSM max data speed DL: EGPRS 236.8 kbps
    • GSM max data speed UL: EGPRS 236.8 kbps
    • WCDMA network: Band 1 (2100 MHz), Band 8 (900 MHz)
    • WCDMA max data speed DL: 42.2 Mbps (Cat 24)
    • WCDMA max data speed UL: 5.76 Mbps (Cat 6)

Maps and navigation

  • GPS and navigation6
    • Location technologies: A-GLONASS, A-GPS, Cellular and Wi-Fi network positioning
    • Maps: Free maps, Offline maps, Online and offline favourites, Real-time traffic information
    • Drive: Favorite destinations, Free global voice guided turn-by-turn drive navigation, Live traffic information, Speed limit warnings


  • Main camera
    • Main camera: 5.0 MP
    • Main camera focus type: Auto focus
    • Sensor size: 1/4 inch
    • Main camera f-number/aperture: f/2.4
    • Camera focal length: 28 mm
    • Flash type: LED flash
    • Camera features: Auto and manual white balance, Automatic photo upload to OneDrive
    • Camera minimum focus range: 10 cm
  • Front-facing camera
    • Front camera: 5MP wide angle
    • Front camera f-number/aperture: f/2.4
    • Front camera features: Focal length 24 mm, Still image capture, Video call, Video recording
    • Front camera video resolution: FWVGA (848 x 480)
  • Video recording
    • Main camera video resolution: FWVGA (848 x 480)
    • Camera video frame rate: 30 fps
    • Video recording formats: MP4/H.264

Video and Audio

  • Audio
    • Audio recording codecs: AAC LC, AMR-NB, GSM FR
    • Audio recording features: Mono
    • Audio playback features: Audio Streaming, Cloud music offline playback, Cloud music playback, Media Player, Music Player, Podcasts
    • Radio features7: Internet Radio, FM Radio
  • Video playback
    • Video playback frame rate: 30 fps
    • Video playback codecs: H.263, H.264/AVC, MPEG-4, VC-1, Windows video
    • Video streaming: YouTube browsing and video streaming, Streaming from video services and internet, Progressive video download

Device security

  • Device security
    • General Security features: Device lock, PIN code, Device lock passcode, Regular signed firmware updates, Track and Protect via internet, Application certification, Application sandboxing, Backup and restore via Internet, Browser integrated anti-phishing, Remote device lock via Internet, Remote device wipe via Internet, Secure boot, Signed OS, Consumer VPN
    • Enterprise security features: Mobile VPN, Remote lock and wipe, Hardware accelerated device encryption, Mobile device management, Remote security policy enforcement
    • Supported security standards: TLS v1.0, TLS v1.1, TLS v1.2, SSL v3.0, Suite B ciphers
    • Wi-Fi security modes: EAP-TTLS/MSCHAPv2, WPA, WEP, EAP-AKA, PEAP-MSCHAPv2, WPA2 (AES/TKIP), WPA2-Enterprise, WPA2-Personal, EAP-TLS, WPA-Enterprise, EAP-SIM, WPA-Personal


Environmental features

  • Environment
    • Materials: Free of PVC, Free of nickel on the product surface, Free of BFR, rFR as in NSL
    • Packaging: Made of renewable materials, Minimized package, Packaging is 100 % recyclable, Containing up to 50% recycled materials, Virgin wood fibres up to 85% certified
    • Energy efficiency: Automatic screen brightness adjustment, Battery saver feature
    • Product recycling: 100% recoverable as materials and energy
    • Eco content and services: Available at Store, Contains preinstalled eco content, HERE Drive: route optimization, HERE Maps: pedestrian navigation
    • User guide: In-device user guide, Small printed guide, full on our websites



  • Accessibility features
    • Hearing: Vibrating alerts, BT neckloop compatible, TTY support, Video call
    • Vision: Vibrating alerts, Voice recognition, Font magnification, Voice commands, Customizable home screen, High contrast mode, Screen magnification
    • Physical skills: Voice commands, Customizable home screen, Speakerphone, Speed dial, Voice recognition


Other services and features

  • Tools and productivity
    • Personal information management features: Calculator, Clock, Calendar, Alarm clock, Reminders, Phonebook, To-do list, Family Room, Kid’s Corner, OneNote, Social networks in Phonebook, Wallet, Notifications
    • Business apps: Adobe Reader free download, Company Hub for enterprise applications, Lync (Corporate IM) free download, Microsoft Outlook, Office apps: Excel, Word, PowerPoint, OneNote, OneDrive storage for documents and notes
    • Back-up and restore your data: Yes
    • Sync type: Exchange ActiveSync, Via Windows Phone apps, Nokia Photo Transfer for Mac
    • Device management: AirWatch, MobileIron, Symantec, Microsoft System Center, OMA Client Provisioning v1.1, OMA Device Management v1.1.2, OMA Device Management v1.2, Windows Intune
  • Call management
    • Call types: Audio call, Conference call, Skype video call
    • Call management features: Call waiting, Call history, Call forwarding, Call logs: dialled, received and missed, Integrated hands-free speakers, Speed dial, Voice mail
    • Noise cancellation: Yes
    • Supported amount of phonebooks: One integrated phonebook
  • Other Applications
    • Game features: Touch UI, XBox-Live Hub, DirectX 11
  • Email
    • Email features: Viewing and editing of email attachments, Multiple email accounts, HTML emails, Inbox filtering, Text-to-speech message reader, Conversational view on email, Linked inboxes
  • Messaging features
    • Messaging features: Text messaging, Automatic resizing of images for MMS, Distribution lists for messaging, Multimedia messaging, Conversational chat style SMS, Unified inbox for SMS and MMS, Concatenated SMS for long messages, Integrated text messaging and chat, Number screening for messaging, Text-to-speech message reader
  • Browser
    • Internet browser capabilities: Internet Explorer 11


The Good The Microsoft Lumia 535 is very cheap, it has a fun design with interchangeable cases, good battery life, a 5-megapixel front camera and software features found on higher-end Lumias.

The Bad It doesn’t have 4G LTE, its under-powered processor results in a sluggish interface, build quality issues, the touchscreen can be unresponsive and the screen is neither sharp nor particularly vivid.

The Bottom Line The Lumia 535’s cheap price, big screen and colourful body earn it plenty of points, but its lack of 4G LTE, unimpressive display and sometimes sluggish interface mean this phone isn’t suitable for anything more than the basics.


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