At Mobile World Congress, Nokia has announced the Lumia 520, its latest piece of ammunition in the company's campaign to conquer emerging markets and first-time smartphone buyers. The inexpensive smartphone actually packs a pretty powerful punch for its price point, offering the same dual-core 1GHz Snapdragon CPU found in the Lumia 720 also announced today. It also features 512MB RAM, a 4-inch WVGA (800 x 480) IPS LCD display and 1,430mAh battery. As we've come to expect on Lumia devices, it comes included with Nokia services like the full suite of Here Maps, Nokia Music and several lenses such as Cinemagraph and panorama. The 520 will come in five color options: cyan, yellow, red, black and white. Snap-on covers will also be available for anyone interested in swapping hues day-to-day. The $183 phone begins its quest for dominance in China later this quarter, and shortly afterward it will make its way to Europe, the rest of Asia and T-Mobile in the US. Head below for a full listing of specs.
- WCDMA / HSPA+ 21Mbps 900/2100, 850/1900/2100; GSM / EDGE 850/900/1800/1900
- 5MP rear camera, 30fps 720p video record
- 119.9 x 64 x 9.9mm
- 1GHz dual-core Snapdragon CPU
- 512MB RAM
- 8GB onboard storage, microSD up to 64GB
- 4.0-inch WVGA IPS LCD display, 2D hardened glass, super sensitive touch for glove use
- 1,430mAh battery
- WLAN IEEE802.11 b/g/n, Bluetooth 3.0, Integrated aGPS, 3.5 mm audio connector, micro-USB with charging, USB 2.0 High Speed
Nokia takes high-end innovation to new audiences at Mobile World Congress
• Nokia Lumia 720 and Nokia Lumia 520 deliver high-end Lumia innovation to more
affordable price points
• Nokia 105 and the Nokia 301 add aspirational Lumia experiences to mobile phones
• HERE expands its reach
• Developers gain access to exclusive Nokia technology
• Nokia and Microsoft sharpen focus on business customers
Barcelona, Spain – Today at Mobile World Congress, Nokia announced plans to extend high-end innovations to more people in more markets. Four new devices bring innovation to new price points, while Nokia's HERE location suite becomes available for non-Nokia phones in the Windows Phone ecosystem. Nokia also announced new developer partnerships that use Nokia expertise in imaging, location and entertainment to deliver exclusive application experiences.
Finally, Nokia and Microsoft are combining their strength in the enterprise sector to bring more business customers to Windows Phone.
"The momentum behind Nokia is gathering pace. The launches today reflect our commitment to broadening our devices and services portfolio to meet the demands of people and businesses around the globe," said Stephen Elop, President and Chief Executive Officer of Nokia. "By offering better experiences at a more affordable price we are reinventing the battle for affordable mobile devices, and Nokia has to the building blocks to win."
Nokia Lumia 720 and Nokia Lumia 520 expand Nokia's Windows Phone 8 portfolio
The Nokia Lumia 720 delivers a high end camera performance at a mid-range price point. A
large f/1.9 aperture and exclusive Carl Zeiss optics are designed to deliver bright, clear pictures day and night, while the HD-quality, wide-angle front-facing camera makes taking pictures with friends and video calling more enjoyable. The sleek and stylish smartphone comes with the latest high-end Nokia Lumia experiences, including Nokia Music, the HERE location suite, and the option to add wireless charging with a snap-on wireless charging cover.
The Nokia Lumia 720 comes in five colors, with an estimated starting price of EUR 249 before taxes and subsidies. Rollout is planned to start in Hong Kong, Vietnam and Singapore in Q1 2013, before continuing into broader markets in Q2, including China as well as key markets in Europe, Asia, Africa and India.
The Nokia Lumia 520 is Nokia's most affordable Windows Phone 8 smartphone, 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.
The Nokia Lumia 520 comes in five colors, with an estimated starting price of EUR 139, 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. Nokia also announced that following the launch of the Nokia Lumia 920T by China Mobile last year, the world's biggest mobile operator would bring the Nokia Lumia 720 and the Nokia Lumia 520 to China. Further details on exact availability will be announced in due course.