Nokia Lumia 520 is the top selling Windows device in the world

Nokia Lumia 520 is the top selling Windows device in the world
We've often commented on how Nokia has really been sizzling hot in the lower end of the smartphone market. No surprise then, that the Nokia Lumia 520 is the highest selling Windows device on the planet. That includes other Windows Phone flavored handsets, Windows powered PCs and tablets. Microsoft itself has realized how important the Nokia Lumia 520 has become, not just for Windows Phone, but for the entire universe of Windows products. This is the impression that blogger Paul Therrott took away from the recent Microsoft company meeting.

The popularity of the Nokia Lumia 520, and it's twin T-Mobile branded Nokia Lumia 521, comes as a result of a low off-contract price (the latter recently was available for just $80 with a coupon code, off contract) and the features available on the model. Yes, there are certain things that the device cannot do because of its low-end specs, but that is more than made up by the things the phone can do. For an example of that, we can look at the recent GDR2 update. The Nokia Lumia 520 and Nokia Lumia 521 both offer FM radio reception after the update, but it will not have the new Glance Screen which includes an always on clock and the ability to wake the phone with two taps to the screen.

The Nokia Lumia 520 is equipped with a 4 inch screen with resolution of 480 x 800. A dual-core 1GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Plus is under the hood with 512MB of RAM aboard. The device offers 8GB of native storage and a 64GB capacity microSD slot is available. The 5MP camera on back does not offer flash, and there is no front-facing camera. In other words, the Nokia Lumia 520 is giving you a handset with 2011 specs. But for those who would rather not spend the money on a more expensive model, this device has proven to be a capable handset.

For Nokia and Microsoft, the big question is whether the Nokia Lumia line will continue to struggle with the high-end of the smartphone market where the Nokia Lumia 1020 currently sits. AT&T has already made a permanent $100 price cut to the subsidized price of the camera-centric unit, bringing the cost down to $199.99 with a signed two-year pact. This is the area of the market where Nokia and Microsoft have been concentrating their marketing dollars, but have not been able to get any traction so far. Will the upcoming Nokia Lumia 1520 phablet, with improved specs thanks to the GDR3 update, light the spark for Windows Phone in the upper segment of the smartphone world?

source: Softpedia via WMPoweruser

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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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35 Comments

1. smallworld

Posts: 517; Member since: Jul 13, 2012

Not sure if Nokia and Microsoft should be proud of that...

8. akki20892

Posts: 3902; Member since: Feb 04, 2013

what can we say about this device just one thing That's a "little champ"

33. dan86

Posts: 298; Member since: Mar 17, 2012

Deserve it!

10. squallz506

Posts: 1075; Member since: Oct 19, 2011

I like how the best seller in a line that is known for cameras, is a phone with 5mp and no flash.

12. brrunopt

Posts: 742; Member since: Aug 15, 2013

only the high end modes are "known for cameras"

14. squallz506

Posts: 1075; Member since: Oct 19, 2011

The whole lumia line is marketed as camera centric.

18. weinerslav

Posts: 126; Member since: Jul 31, 2012

LOL, no it isn't!

21. Muzhhur

Posts: 261; Member since: Sep 14, 2012

Esay to answer, not so many has enough money to spend on expensives smarthphones

31. Snoobab

Posts: 175; Member since: Dec 07, 2011

Lower-end handsets will always sell in greater amounts than their flagship devices. It's common sense.

2. Yes-Sir

Posts: 58; Member since: Sep 16, 2013

That's what "NokiaWP" are great at! Selling "low, budget phones"

13. brrunopt

Posts: 742; Member since: Aug 15, 2013

just like android

19. weinerslav

Posts: 126; Member since: Jul 31, 2012

well, now we know what the wannabes and the pretentious crowd get... You spoil all the fun!

22. sprockkets

Posts: 1612; Member since: Jan 16, 2012

Top selling Galaxy S3 and S4 android devices aren't "low, budget phones"

24. WindowsiDroid

Posts: 138; Member since: Jul 22, 2013

Nah, I rather buy budget wp8 than budget laggy android, if you want to buy an Android you must buy 4 cores and 1gb of ram and most of this specs can be seen in Mid-End devices. I have an Nexus 4 it doesnt lag because of optimization and my brother have Sammy Galaxy S3 Mini and it lags a lot totally lag unlike my friend that have L520 it doesnt lag even playing like Temple Run 2.

28. tadaa

Posts: 267; Member since: Apr 18, 2013

buuut wp doesn't have temple run 2. only temple run 1. and the 520 does lag occasionally, and the loading and resuming screens tend to get annoying.

30. UrbanPhantom

Posts: 949; Member since: Oct 30, 2012

Budget WP8 smartphones (like the 520) don't lag any thing remotely like Android devices in the same price range, and they are also free of Viri. Amen.

3. N-fanboy

Posts: 543; Member since: Jan 12, 2013

Pricing is the key to the success of many companys... except for Apple it seems, it will sell you a 2010 phone for a 2020 phone's price.

4. Omar-BHR95

Posts: 184; Member since: Dec 23, 2012

thanks to nokia

9. akki20892

Posts: 3902; Member since: Feb 04, 2013

that's a power of little champ.

5. pokedude750

Posts: 28; Member since: Aug 10, 2012

God this news day is slow....

11. kozza3

Posts: 778; Member since: Oct 17, 2012

dude, i'm having withdraws

6. Tsepz_GP

Posts: 1175; Member since: Apr 12, 2012

You know what? It sucks that Nokia are finding it hard to make it into high end, but the Lumia 520 is one great low end smartphone, very fast, smooth and functional. I'd actually recommend it over many similarly priced Androids.

20. Nathan_ingx

Posts: 4769; Member since: Mar 07, 2012

This device is for people who wants the best of two worlds. It's an affordable smartphone.

29. tadaa

Posts: 267; Member since: Apr 18, 2013

its head and shoulders above any phone in its price range

7. tedkord

Posts: 17311; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

That's like being the most popular WNBA team.

15. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 2012

Lol comment of the day. +1

17. HouTexan

Posts: 461; Member since: Jan 08, 2012

Lol Good one.

23. Napalm_3nema

Posts: 2236; Member since: Jun 14, 2013

Damn, Ted, so harsh, but so true. "Governor of Alaska? That's like the principal of a home school." I laughed. +1, dude.

16. aries.phills

Posts: 161; Member since: May 17, 2011

Nice to know that Nokia had something sizzling hot to cover the lower market end. Good thing it will add some goodie to their revenue which is way better than a bleeding revenue.

25. Mube007

Posts: 260; Member since: Sep 24, 2013

I like this ph but two thing is missing that is led flash +1gb ram...

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