Nokia got on stage today to announce the Lumia 520, another one in its strategy to go downmarket with the Lumia brand, and bring Windows Phone 8 to the masses.
The Nokia Lumia 520
is the company's cheapest Windows Phone 8 handset, delivering experiences normally only found in high-end smartphones, such as the same digital camera lenses found on the flagship Nokia Lumia 920
, Nokia Music for free music out of the box and even offline, and the HERE location suite. A four-inch super sensitive touchscreen makes for a more responsive and immersive content experience than can usually be found at this price.
As for the other specs, we get a 1 GHz dual-core S4 processor, 512 MB of RAM, 8 GB of internal memory and a microSD slot. The 5 MP camera is with f/2.4
aperture, capable of HD 720p video, and has some neat tricks up its sleeve like Cinemagraph and Panorama. The battery is generous 1430 mAh, good for 9 hours of talk time in 3G mode, and 6 hours of Wi-Fi browsing.
The Nokia Lumia 520 comes in five colors, with an estimated starting price of EUR 139 (~$184), before taxes and subsidies. Roll-out is planned to begin in Q1 2013 in Hong Kong and Vietnam, before expanding broadly in Q2 to markets in Europe, Asia - including China and India - Latin America and Africa. The Nokia Lumia 520 is also planned to roll out in the United States with T-Mobile as the Lumia 521.