Nokia Lumia 530 Windows Phone 8.1 smartphone with Cortana ready to hit T-Mobile soon, at $79.20

The Nokia Lumia 530 Windows Phone 8.1 smartphone is ready to hit T-Mobile on Oct. 15, complete with the much-touted Cortana digital assistant on board.

Windows Phone devices have grown in popularity recently thanks to Nokia's great efforts, and the company's Lumia lineup has been quite successful. The more affordable Lumia devices, in particular, enjoyed great success, and the Lumia 530 is among the latest offerings in this category.

The Nokia Lumia 520, for instance, proved to be the company's most popular device of the lineup, and the T-Mobile Lumia 521 was very suucessful as well. The new Nokia Lumia 530 has already generated plenty of interest, and its launch on T-Mobile should boost its popularity even further.

The Uncarrier has announced that the affordable Nokia Lumia 530 will join its lineup of devices on Wednesday, Oct. 15, offering Microsoft's latest mobile operating system, complete with Cortana, on a budget.

The Lumia 530 will hit T-Mobile's network in the U.S. with an attractive price tag of $79.20.

"T-Mobile prepaid customers can fall in love with the Lumia 530 the same way they did with its predecessor, the Lumia 521 - one of the best-selling Windows Phones EVER at T-Mobile," the carrier touted in the press release.

"The Lumia 530 is a full-featured smartphone providing customers a great value at an entry level price point. Rocking the new Windows Phone 8.1 operating system, the Lumia 530 comes with personal assistant Cortana - the only personal assistant that can set reminders by people as well as location or time, a beautiful 4-inch touchscreen and a quad-core processor for an incredible overall experience at crazy-fast speeds," T-Mobile further boasted.

For those unfamiliar with the device, the Nokia Lumia 530 comes with a 4-inch LCD display with a  FWVGA resolution of 854 x 480 pixels (246 ppi), a quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 200 processor clocked at 1.2GHz, and 512MB of RAM. Other specs include 4GB of internal storage capacity, microSD card support for additional memory of up to 128GB, a 5-megapixel rear camera, and a 1,430 mAh battery to keep things up and running.

In terms of software, the Nokia Lumia 530 runs Windows Phone 8.1, complete with the company's Cortana digital assistant, Microsoft Office, OneDrive, and Skype.

As previously mentioned, T-Mobile will start selling the Nokia Lumia 530 on Oct. 15, but the carrier also notes that interested buyers can get the smartphone earlier, on Oct. 5, from Best Buy and Microsoft Stores. Head over Microsoft's website here for more details about the Nokia Lumia 530, or over to T-Mobile at this link to learn more about other Lumia offerings in the carrier's lineup.

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