Nokia makes Lumia 525 official: upgraded successor to the best-selling Windows Phone

Nokia makes Lumia 525 official: upgraded successor to the best-selling Windows Phone
We've posted several leaks about an upcoming successor to the most sold Windows Phone, the Lumia 520, and now it's official on Nokia's website. Lumia 525 indeed comes with 1 GB of RAM, which should ensure smooth sailing with every app that can be found on the Windows Store, and higher general performance.

Otherwise the specs exactly the same as those of the most popular Lumia device so far - 4" IPS-LCD display with 480x800 pixels of resolution, 1 GHz dual-core Snapdragon processor, 5 MP camera on the rear, and a 1430 mAh battery.

Lumia 525 is running the newest Nokia Camera app with improved interface and more camera options, as well as the rebranded Nokia MixRadio streaming music service, plus the updated HERE maps suite with offline navigation and traffic warnings.

Nokia Lumia 525 will be available in select countries in Africa, Middle East and Asia Pacific at a price tag similar to the Lumia 520, which already means rock bottom pricing for a pretty decent handset, whose success some speculated was the inspiration for Android's Project Svelte that arrived with KitKat.

source: Nokia

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Lumia 525
  • 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(10.6h 3G talk time)



1. aayupanday

Posts: 582; Member since: Jun 28, 2012

Should've been equipped with a 960x540 pixel resolution screen with led flash.

7. pokharkarsaga

Posts: 554; Member since: Feb 23, 2012

Moto G rules at the same price.

14. hemedans

Posts: 757; Member since: Jun 01, 2013

it depend on what u want. 1. processor lumia has more powerfull processor krait dual core compare to cortex A7 quadcore of moto g 2. they got same gpu and same ram 3. moto g has more advance screen 4.5 720p compare to 480p of lumia with 4 inch can expand storage up to 64gb in lumia but in moto g you cant 5. lumia 520 in 512 ram is already smooth, 525 will be more smooth with 1gig of ram. android is bit lag with 1gig of ram (i use s3 i9300) 6. 179usd is usa price tag for moto g in third world countries will be priced higher while lumia 180usd tag is for third world country and in usa priced at 99usd or cheaper

16. tech2

Posts: 3487; Member since: Oct 26, 2012

1. A quad core Cortex A7 is anyday better than last year's less power efficient krait DUAL core. Also its clocked higher. 2. S4 has Adreno 225 and Moto G has adreno 305. which is almost 50% better than adreno 225 GPU info: 4. Agreed. But you do get 65 GB cloud storage with Moto G. 5. I am currently using Moto G and I can assure you its not laggy AT ALL (my S3 was but not this). Its almost a Nexus device. It would be even smoother with Kitkat update in January 6. Lumia 525 will be $199 in US (link below). So Moto G is cheaper. BTW, you missed these points in favour of Moto G. Larger display, Larger battery, waterproof Nano coating, Gorilla Glass 3, front facing camera, changeable back covers, 326ppi vs 233ppi, etc. Price info:

19. nokia12

Posts: 610; Member since: Nov 19, 2013

2 things you got wrong.. 1)even though this is clocked at 20 % higher than krait.. krait easily beats quad cortex a7 because there is a huge performance gap between cortex a7 and krait almost twice.. both in single and multi thread check linpack .. had it been a 1.7 ghz like mediatek then it would have been a close competition 2) adreno 225 and adreno 305 are same products there is not even slightest of difference between them don't believe what company says check multiple benchmarks.. it's just a rebranded product

20. hemedans

Posts: 757; Member since: Jun 01, 2013

lumia 525 use adreno 305 and not 225

25. tech2

Posts: 3487; Member since: Oct 26, 2012

Yup. Sorry about that

21. Shubham412302

Posts: 581; Member since: Nov 09, 2011

1ghz processor in lumia 525 is powerful than moto g(xperia l has the same chipset check its benchmarks) its better to choose moto g due to more resolution.

36. cripton805

Posts: 1485; Member since: Mar 18, 2012

Who cares? Stop splitting hairs. The combination of the front facing camera and flash is the deal breaker. You can't make a phone less laggy if there isn't any lag. There is something called animations. Which makes phones is supposed to look nice and smoother. The 1gb of ram on both phones will be used to process apps and they are taking away the use of a heavy ui. Which moto has been good about in recent years.

23. iyngr

Posts: 72; Member since: Jul 14, 2013

Lacks LED Flash and G comes with 65GB Drive storage

40. Doakie

Posts: 2478; Member since: May 06, 2009

Well when phones like the 520 get marked down to $59 through AT&T you gotta keep these specs low.

43. g2a5b0e unregistered

Windows doesn't support qHD. WVGA, WXGA, HD, & FHD only.

2. veer.d

Posts: 89; Member since: Jul 12, 2013

so we can play top games at affordable price

3. tech2

Posts: 3487; Member since: Oct 26, 2012

Get a Moto G if you want to play almost EVERY top game at affordable price on a very gorgeous and larger display with longer battery life ;)

4. Reality_Check

Posts: 277; Member since: Aug 15, 2013

Not sure what you meant by top games. If you're thinking about GPU intensive games, this does not cut it.

22. nokia12

Posts: 610; Member since: Nov 19, 2013

yes it does .. adreno 305 on a lower resolution is a beast .. consider this onscreen benchmark of gfxbench samsung galaxy s4 scores 12 fps moto g scores 11fps adreno 320, is way more powerful no doubt but that extra power is eaten by 1080p resolutions .. moto g can easily run any game of 2013 even the most demanding ones.. and games in 2014 will be produced keeping galaxy s4 in mind , since this is the best selling android model .. so its safe to say high end games in 2014 will also work without problem .. i am talking about graphic intensive games such as modern combat 5 etc Adreno 305 on phones like xperia L and Xperia M with an even lower resolution is a kick ass almost same level of performance as a nexus 4 on adreno 320.. these useless 1080p and 2k resolution in future has a negative impact on gaming

32. muhsen

Posts: 281; Member since: Jun 07, 2012

asphalt 8 runs smoothly on lumia with 1 gb of ram...this means every single app and game will run on the lumia 525 the lumia 525 is certainly alot better than moto android every single aspect of the device determines the app compatibility while on wp , its just the ram that determines the app compatibility....for example , if GTA san andreas will be introduced 1 gb ram wp phones, the 525 will run it......the same case is not valid in android....we can see GTA san andreas on an S3 but not on a moto G

37. nokia12

Posts: 610; Member since: Nov 19, 2013

that ram restriction of WP can only allow you to install or not install an app .. eg- batmand dark knight can easily run on adreno 305 but wp restriction makes it impossible to install let alone play it.. xperia l/m can easily play batman dark knight.. lumia 520 can't even install it let alone playing so if san andreas is launched you will be able to play on both android and wp with 1 gb ram but gameplay will be same because they both have same GPU.. you are right that device determines in android but almost all high end games are compatible for Adreno 305 so no problem there with compatibility

41. Doakie

Posts: 2478; Member since: May 06, 2009

No doubt the 525 will run smooth. The biggest negative about the 525 is that it still lacks Google apps. So it's impossible for a Google user to take it seriously. So I bought a Moto G for my second(T-Mobile) line. Thinking back about it I should have bought my dad a $80 521 instead of a $50 Alcatel One Touch Evolve. The Evolve is a great phone for $50. I was really impressed. But Android isn't noob friendly like Windows Phone. It's more designed for users who know what their doing so he's kind of lost.

26. mikelemon

Posts: 95; Member since: Nov 21, 2013

Really? People buy phones to play games now. If you want to play games buy a console or gaming PC. >.>

5. veer.d

Posts: 89; Member since: Jul 12, 2013

hope they release 725 with 720p,8mp pureview ,1GB with same screen size, price and design.

6. woodshop20

Posts: 459; Member since: Sep 14, 2013

As affordable as this phone is, Nokia are gonna need a few bigger upgrades on their next model. They've forgotten the Moto G has become a real contender too!

8. McJobs

Posts: 107; Member since: Jul 08, 2012

The best low-end smartphone on the market.

9. tech2

Posts: 3487; Member since: Oct 26, 2012 Moto G ;)

10. mayur007

Posts: 593; Member since: Apr 10, 2012

but its not having the support of external storage but ya its a worth every penny and 525 as well(but os (not a smartphone more of featurephone os who is a smartphone os wanna be) disappoints)

11. woodshop20

Posts: 459; Member since: Sep 14, 2013

Depends whether you prefer Android or WP. Both run the OS smoothly, but the Moto G is good for a bit more gaming grunt. IMO the Moto G is better value for having superior specs, but either way you can't really go wrong with both options.

18. tech2

Posts: 3487; Member since: Oct 26, 2012

but you do get 65GB cloud storage with Google if you buy Moto G. Not exactly the same as MicroSD facility but good enough...

34. mikelemon

Posts: 95; Member since: Nov 21, 2013

Also if you have a outlook/Hotmail/live account you get 7GB from skydrive. Google Drive also gives you extra cloud storage with gmail account.

12. quyenqchau0813 unregistered

Still no front camera TT_TT

29. Snoobab

Posts: 175; Member since: Dec 07, 2011

How often have you used a front facing camera? :)

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