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Nokia's new entry level model, the Nokia Lumia 525, launches in Singapore

0. phoneArena 14 Dec 2013, 19:09 posted on

Nokia has announced in Singapore that the OEM's new entry level model, the Nokia Lumia 525, has launched in the country. The device replaces the wildly successful Nokia Lumia 520 and is priced at $249 Singapore ($198 USD). The specs of the Nokia Lumia 525 match those on the Lumia 520 except for a doubling of the amount of RAM on the new model to 1GB from the 512MB on the Nokia Lumia 520, which is the top selling Windows Phone 8 handset in the world...

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posted on 14 Dec 2013, 19:49

1. kaikuheadhunterz (Posts: 715; Member since: 18 Jul 2013)


Doubt it will sell well. I barely see anyone with a Lumia 520 here in Singapore (although strangely I've seen a lot of Lumia 920's around)

posted on 14 Dec 2013, 21:24

3. TechCrazyedBoy (Posts: 129; Member since: 12 Nov 2013)


are u from Singapore?

posted on 15 Dec 2013, 03:41 1

9. kaikuheadhunterz (Posts: 715; Member since: 18 Jul 2013)


Yes, and the problem is almost everyone has a 2-year contract that allows them to purchase (supposedly) better phones at $0, so this phone doesn't stand a chance

posted on 15 Dec 2013, 07:25

13. jose.vu (Posts: 16; Member since: 28 Mar 2013)


haha u're right, but I guess ppl can use it as secondary phone, i still stuck with my 3g plan and don't wanna sign a new one (4g plan is so expensive), maybe would buy this one haha :D

posted on 15 Dec 2013, 19:19

24. kaikuheadhunterz (Posts: 715; Member since: 18 Jul 2013)


I thought Singtel offered the same rate for 4G plans as well?

posted on 15 Dec 2013, 07:37

14. artlineraug (Posts: 1; Member since: 15 Dec 2013)


It is a popular phone for foreign workers from south asia working in Singapore. There are 130k of foreign workers working in the tiny island. It's a no brainer to launch in Singapore.

posted on 15 Dec 2013, 19:21

25. kaikuheadhunterz (Posts: 715; Member since: 18 Jul 2013)


So far I see them with either a Samsung smartphone or a Nokia feature phone. Must have searched at the wrong places

posted on 14 Dec 2013, 20:20 6

2. mikelemon (Posts: 93; Member since: 21 Nov 2013)


This phone is not really made for USA. It is made for asia and Europe. Usa has nokia 520 and 521 already. Just a FYI before the haters come in an bash it

posted on 14 Dec 2013, 21:55 1

5. robocopvn (Posts: 180; Member since: 10 Mar 2010)


why not? since the 520 and 521 is strong, the 512mb ram has limited it. 525 has 1gb of ram and now 525 can be on par with 820, 920, and 925 in running all apps. Although it SOC is only a little bit slower

posted on 15 Dec 2013, 12:03

17. mikelemon (Posts: 93; Member since: 21 Nov 2013)


In the US the 520 and 521 sell at a very low price point. Not many would pay $100 to have 1GB instead of 512MB since that is really the only difference. But in other countries the 520 is still selling at a relatively high price $150-$250. The 525 is maybe slightly more expensive and is worth the extra money in other countries.

posted on 15 Dec 2013, 16:55

19. T.F.O.A (Posts: 36; Member since: 14 Dec 2013)


No way. 525 is entry level, and handset you mentioned above is High end Lumia with PureView tech. 525 won't get any of apps made exclusive for PureView powered Lumia.

posted on 15 Dec 2013, 01:37

7. hurrycanger (Posts: 1099; Member since: 01 Dec 2013)


I don't see a reason for it to come to the US either. The 520 and 521 are getting so cheap at around $80. Having the 525 with double the ram and... more than double the price is not good.

posted on 14 Dec 2013, 21:53 2

4. robocopvn (Posts: 180; Member since: 10 Mar 2010)


they also launche 525 in Vietnam on 15.DEC with a surprisingly low price, 3,500,000VND ~ 170USD with many serviced included :D

posted on 14 Dec 2013, 22:52 5

6. T.F.O.A (Posts: 36; Member since: 14 Dec 2013)


For entry level, yes it will mostly outsold. Missing my NL920 stolen by thief

posted on 15 Dec 2013, 02:30 1

8. alumoyo (Posts: 161; Member since: 26 Aug 2013)


So Nokia, can we take this as admission that your Lumia 520, 620, 720 and 625 devices are indeed COMPROMISED with the low memory? Thanks for marketing product that you have just acknowledged are not as good as they COULD BE - way to go NOKIA!

posted on 15 Dec 2013, 09:15 1

16. ihavenoname (Posts: 1377; Member since: 18 Aug 2013)


That's Microsoft evilness, bro. Damn Elop, you ruined one of the best phone companies in the world.

posted on 15 Dec 2013, 04:05 2

10. Doakie (Posts: 1250; Member since: 06 May 2009)


Same price as the Moto G but equipped with a smaller low resolution screen and with an OS that chokes when interacting with Google services? PASS! Moto G please.

posted on 15 Dec 2013, 04:28

11. dratomic (Posts: 461; Member since: 09 Oct 2013)


i prefer android to wp. but since i hate motorola i would buy this over moto g if i wanted. which i dont!

posted on 15 Dec 2013, 09:11

15. ihavenoname (Posts: 1377; Member since: 18 Aug 2013)


Moto G beats this in every level, but it's sold basicly in only in US and UK. Also, Nokia has better brand image than Motorola. And strangely, eventhough I hate WP on expensive devices, in my opinion it makes sense on lower end devices and I would take 525 over G, because it's more "nicer".

posted on 15 Dec 2013, 16:51

18. rodneyej1 (Posts: 3540; Member since: 06 Jul 2013)


Do you hate WP because you've used it, and it didn't work for you❔.. Because if you say that you hate WP just because you speculate that it's bad, which it is in no way, then that's pretty stupid.. I'm thinking your experience using it on a daily basis was horrible, and drove you crazy, but if it was then you're a rare case because WP has if not the highest user satisfaction rating amongst smartphone platforms... And, I'm not here to debate any of that with you, so don't waist my time, rather my point is to figure out what about your personal experience using WP daily made you hate it..

posted on 15 Dec 2013, 17:09

21. T.F.O.A (Posts: 36; Member since: 14 Dec 2013)


Easy bro. All he was trying to say is, entry level WP Lumia is Nicer than Moto G.

posted on 15 Dec 2013, 17:34

22. rodneyej1 (Posts: 3540; Member since: 06 Jul 2013)


I know what he is saying, but he always makes comments about how WP is crap.. Just let him answer the questions.. He's a big boy. He can stand up for himself.

posted on 15 Dec 2013, 23:54

27. ihavenoname (Posts: 1377; Member since: 18 Aug 2013)


I just think that WP is no good for higher end devices. But it's so light that even low end devices can run it smoothly, so that's why I would take it over Moto G or Galaxy Fame. Why I hate it? I just feel that I lose many features and functionality while using WP and styling of UI, I just think it looks bad on over 4.3 inch screen, it's too simple. Also iOS has higher satisfaction rates than any other platform.

posted on 16 Dec 2013, 00:06

28. ihavenoname (Posts: 1377; Member since: 18 Aug 2013)


Why not Moto G? I don't like Motorola and also if I wanted one I had to get one from other country. Also I'm not sure how specs can handle HD screen

posted on 16 Dec 2013, 10:40

29. sgodsell (Posts: 1222; Member since: 16 Mar 2013)


You comment about the moto g without using it. When the moto g comes to Singapore in January. People will be buying the moto g instead of the 525. You claim the moto g beats the 52X in every level. Also the moto g offers things that are not on any Lumia. Like a water resistant coating, slow motion video capture, and USB otg. You state you would take the 525 because its nicer. So is the 800x480 with no gorilla glass on the 525 nicer then the 1280x720 with gorilla glass 3 on the moto g. Most people would say the moto g screen is nicer. So is the dual core 1ghz S4 CPU nicer then the quad core 1.2ghz Snapdragon 400 CPU. Nope. The GPU on the 52X is slower and older then the moto g's GPU. You can get way more apps and games on the moto g then you can on WP. Hands down the moto g will kill the WP sales when it arrives.

posted on 16 Dec 2013, 10:48

30. sgodsell (Posts: 1222; Member since: 16 Mar 2013)


Also you get no front facing camera or rear camera flash on the 52X. All of which you get on the moto g.

posted on 15 Dec 2013, 17:02 1

20. T.F.O.A (Posts: 36; Member since: 14 Dec 2013)


Android again. No thanks. I'm just not interested yet. People needs something different.

posted on 15 Dec 2013, 19:36

26. rodneyej1 (Posts: 3540; Member since: 06 Jul 2013)


Agree❕❕❕❕❕❕

posted on 15 Dec 2013, 17:42

23. mikelemon (Posts: 93; Member since: 21 Nov 2013)


DUDE 525 isn't for the US. In the US Moto G is cheap. But outside US the moto G is higher price level. 525 is made for Asia and Europe!! People just don't think now.

posted on 16 Dec 2013, 10:53

31. sgodsell (Posts: 1222; Member since: 16 Mar 2013)


Bull. The US version currently is the world version (gsm only). In January the CDMA version of the moto g will be released.

posted on 16 Dec 2013, 11:18

32. mikelemon (Posts: 93; Member since: 21 Nov 2013)


Just like the Nexus 4 and 5 huh?

posted on 15 Dec 2013, 06:38

12. Lycan155 (Posts: 78; Member since: 24 Nov 2013)


If they only added front cam :( i would instantly buy it

posted on 16 Dec 2013, 11:37

33. 7thspaceman (Posts: 1082; Member since: 14 Feb 2011)


The Nokia Lumia 525 has the amount of Ram needed to run all of the Windows Phone store apps. The nokia Lumia 520 to 521 could not run all of the Windows phone 8 apps because it
did not have enough ram to do so. If you own a Nokia Lumia nokia Lumia 520 to 521 and you can afford an upgrade do so as soon as you can for 2 reasons 1= you will finally be able to run ALL the windows phone 8 store Apps. 2=the nokia lumia 520 will be better able to be
Upgraded to the coming Windows phone 8.1 OS which will have some nice new features.

posted on 16 Dec 2013, 12:07

34. 7thspaceman (Posts: 1082; Member since: 14 Feb 2011)


I agree with the above comment that this would be dynamite low end smart phone with a front facing camera. it also needs a rear camera Flash to go with these things might add 50 dollars to the cost of the 525 250$ American dollars is still a cheap affordable smartphone

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