MWC2013: Nokia Lumia 520 Hands-On Preview

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With the important MWC tradeshow going on in Barcelona, Nokia announced just a handful of entry-level Windows Phones and featurephones. One of these is the Lumia 520, unveiled along with the Lumia 720.  

The Lumia 520 is a device with which Nokia is planning on ‘converting’ owners of inexpensive smartphones with Google’s Android OS. They’re going to place it on the market as the cheapest smartphone with Windows Phone 8 available.

Build and Design

Nokia Lumia 520This is an improved version of last year’s Lumia 620; thus it comes with a 4-inch IPS screen with a 480 x 880-pixel density, a 1.430 mAh battery, the same dual-core Krait as the Lumia 720, but with only 512MB of RAM instead of 1GB.

The phone is quite thick — a whole centimeter on the side and it is not light either, for a 4-inch model: it weighs 124 grams.

Despite all the solid features for a cheap smartphone, I did not care for the viewing angle this display had to offer, nor for its contrast which is quite inconsistent. Fading black tones and poor white tone interpretation results in a poor color interpretation, even though the exceptional imaging sharpness is comforting.

There is nothing special about the camera, unlike the Lumia 720, but I must admit that this handset takes above-average photographs with very strong colors and excellent exposure precision.

Preliminary Conclusion

When considering the Lumia 520, it should be kept in mind that Nokia is planning on selling it as the cheapest smartphone with Windows Phone 8, which largely decreases the negative impression of its flaws, even those evident at first glance.

Be sure to read our Hands-On Preview of the Nokia Lumia 720 from the MWC tradeshow floor.



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