Nokia Lumia 520 Specifications and Review

Nokia has gone real crazy, just released a dual-core Windows Phone 8 smartphone Lumia 520 with 4” WVGA IPS resolution display at only 10,500 Rs, which is the most value for money device at this price. This phone also sports a 5 mp auto-focus camera with HD recording, 1430 mAh battery & a wide range of color options – White, Black, Yellow, Red & Cyan. The best Android phone at this price is the new Sony Xperia E which has a poor quality 3.5” HVGA display with pretty basic CPU & GPU- 1 GHz single core Cortex-A5 process & mediocre Adreno 200 GPU. This Nokia Lumia 520 is the best device to buy at around 10K INR at this moment if you are not a die-hard Android fan. Just have a quick look at the key features & specifications with review. Visit for video reviews on this beautiful device.

Key Features
  • Dual-core 1 GHz Krait processor with Qualcomm MSM8227 chipset, Adreno 305 GPU, 512 MB of RAM, 8 GB of internal storage
  • 4” IPS display with 480 x 800 px resolution @ 233 ppi
  • Windows Phone 8 OS
  • HSDPA up to 21.1 Mbps, HSUPA up to 5.76 Mbps
  • 5 mp AF camera with HD recording, no front camera
  • 1430 mAh Li-ion battery
  • Wide range of colors: White, Black, Yellow, Red, Cyan

Market status: Released: April, 2013

DISPLAY Size 4 inches (10.16 cm) On a 10.5K Rs. phone, it’s the best display you can get. Though it’s not a Nokia Clear Black display, it’s overall colourful & crisp; I loved it considering the price. The brightness is obviously a little bit low compared to the Clear Black Display on the pricer Lumia 620.
Technology IPS LCD, 16M colors
Resolution WVGA ie. 480 x 800 pixels @ 233 ppi
Type Capacitive, Multitouch
Protection Scratch resistant glass
EXTERIOR Dimensions 119.9 x 64 x 9.9 mm (4.72 x 2.52 x 0.39 inch) Very stylish rectangular design with great build quality. This phone is also the best looking device in its class. There is no front camera & secondary microphone for noise cancellation as this is a budget friendly phone. The back cover feels good in hand & one hand handling is excellent.
Weight 124 gm (4.37 oz)
Ports & Keys Home, search & back keys, ear piece [front], volume rocker, power key, camera key [left], headset jack, secondary mic [top], microUSB port, mic [bottom], camera, loud speaker [back]
Sensors Proximity & Ambient Light Sensors
Colors White, Black, Yellow, Red, Cyan
PROCESSINGPOWER Processor Dual-core 1 GHz Krait Though it’s an entry level phone regarding the price, the specs elevate this phone to the mid-range phones segment. This Lumia 520 handles HQ HD games without any issue & the user interface is buttery smooth as well.
Chipset Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 MSM8227
GPU Adreno 305
MEMORY System Memory 512 MB of RAM Enough RAM for HQ games & apps though you will not be able to play extremely high end games. Internal storage is obviously excellent for a budget phone.
Internal Storage 8 GB
Expansion microSD, up to 64 GB
SOFTWARE OS Windows Phone 8 Latest OS on a budget phone unlike Android.
CONNECTIVITY SIM Micro-SIM, Single Slot Good connectivity options though there is no NFC on this device.
Operatingfrequencies GSM – 850, 900, 1800, 1900 MHz; UMTS -850, 900, 1900, 2100 MHz
EDGE Yes, up to 236.8 kbps
3G 21 Mbps HSDPA, 5.76 Mbps HSUPA
4G No
Wi-Fi Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n, Wi-Fi hotspot
GPS Yes, with A-GPS
Bluetooth v3.0 with A2DP
USB microUSB v2.0
CAMERA Primary 5 meapixels Very good camera quality on a 10.5K phone. Unfortunately there is no flash & front camera. You can download & apply a lot of cool lenses from the store. Check the camera samples: click here
Secondary No
Video Up to 720p @ 30 fps
Flash No
Features Auto focus, 1/4” Sensor Size, panorama, smart shoot
BATTERY Capacity 1430 mAh Li-lon Impressive battery backup. 1.5-2 days with normal uses, 1 full day with heavy uses.
Talk Time Up to 14 h 40 min (2G), Up to 9 h 40 min (3G)
Standby Time Up to 360 h
  • Sensors : Accelerometer, gyro
  • 7GB free SkyDrive storage
  • Internet Explorer 10
There is no compass on this phone, so HERE city lens won’t work.
SAR INFO (US) 0.77 W/kg (head), ( EU) 1.09 W/kg (head) Under limit.
PRICE 10,500 INR ~ 190 USD Very good pricing, value for money rating 4.5/5


Strong points: Very good looking phone with sturdy build & excellent specifications for the price, good camera & loud loud-speaker, great social networking integration, free Nokia services like Nokia Music and obviously stylish & refreshing Windows Phone 8 OS.

Weak points: To cut down the price, Nokia has excluded some important features like the front camera, secondary microphone, LED flash & as there is no compass, Nokia City Lens doesn’t work. Not all the features of the OS are available on this phone like Lumia 620, which is just 3600 pricer. Above all, Windows Phone OS is not as user friendly & as customisable as Android and Windows Phone store falls short of Android Google Play Store.

Suitable for those people who are tight on budget but still want to taste the Smartphone experience. The OS is very beautiful with in-depth social networking integration, so if you spend a lot of time on Facebook, Twitter etc., then this Windows Phone 8 is the best OS on earth for you. For the same price, you will get Sony Xperia E if you want to go for Android, but as you must know this Xperia E is just a cheap quality basic Android phone compared to this Lumia 520 & Android phones are good only if you spend 20K Rs or more. Lumia 520 has the same UI as the premium Lumia 920 unlike Android phones. So, get this device, you will love it!

PS: If you can spend just 3600 Rs more (ie. 14,100 Rs), I suggest you to buy the Lumia 620 to get the most of the Windows Phone 8 operating system.


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