Nokia Lumia 520 hands-on

Nokia Lumia 520 hands-on
The Nokia Lumia 520 is the most affordable Windows Phone 8 handset from Nokia, bringing features like camera lenses previously reserved for higher-end smartphones to the masses.

The Lumia 520 sports a 4-inch super sensitive touchscreen and is powered by a 1GHz dual-core Snapdragon S4 processor with 512 MB of RAM. Most importantly, it comes with the promise of fluidity and consistency with Windows Phone 8.

The device has the typical Nokia design touches with interchangeable covers that many and especially the younger and hip will like.

The camera is a 5-megapixel auto-focus affair that sadly lacks flash. As we already mentioned you can augment the experience with lenses like the neat Cinemagraph for animated images, a feature we first saw in the Lumia 920. Aperture is f/2.4 which is not bad for low-light photography. The camera is capable of recording 720p HD video. Of notable absence is a front-facing camera and NFC connectivity, though.

You get 8GB of internal storage that you can expand via microSD cards. The Lumia 520 packs 1,430mAh battery that lasts for 9 hours in 3G mode, and 6 hours of Wi-Fi browsing.

Finally, good news is the device will arrive in the first quarter in Hong Kong and Vietnam, and more massively in Q2 in Europe, China, India, Latin America and Africa. In the States, Nokia has secured a deal with T-Mobile and while off-contract the device will cost around 139 euro before tax, we expect it to be free when you sign a new T-Mobile 2-year contract.


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Lumia 520
  • Display 4.0" 480 x 800 pixels
  • Camera 5 MP
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Plus, Dual-core, 1000 MHz
  • Storage 8 GB + microSDXC
  • Battery 1430 mAh(9.6h 3G talk time)

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6 Comments

1. pookiewood

Posts: 631; Member since: Mar 05, 2012

Hmm I was thinking of grabbing the 620 to use strictly as a media device but I might have to consider this phone now.

2. N-fanboy

Posts: 543; Member since: Jan 12, 2013

Another iphone beating low end phone...

3. BigBoss10

Posts: 279; Member since: Aug 31, 2012

nowadays is kids use Nokia phone haha :D

4. Alpha135

Posts: 3; Member since: Feb 25, 2013

Fianlly! An end of the torture called 500! Instabuy.

5. windroid unregistered

Fantastic price for: 4'' super sensitive touchscreen 1G dual core processor 8GB storage 5Mpix camera 720p recording 3G

6. rsiders

Posts: 1990; Member since: Nov 17, 2011

I was considering this little guy until I got to "of noticeable absence". For some people not a big deal but for me to go to a smaller screened phone with no ffc would be a downgrade for me.

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