Nokia Lumia 520 Review

Global Model     See other variants reviews Score: 6.21/10
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Nokia Lumia 520 is a decent cellphone released some years ago, in 2013, including a 5 megapixels back facing camera, a 4-inches display and a quite powerful Dual-Core CPU clocking at 1000 MHz. But it's time to get into much more details.

This cellphone is just 0.39 inches thick, making it one of the thinnest cellphones in the market. The Lumia 520 is offerred in a variety of colors: black, yellow, red and white. This time, it seems like Nokia forgot about optimizing the weight in this 4.37 ounces phone.

This phone has a nice 800 x 480 4" display, giving this phone a very good graphic quality. This display uses IPS LCD capacitive technology, and allows multi-touch gestures.

Nokia decided to sell this phone with a quite powerful 1000 megahertz Dual-Core processor, bundled in a Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Plus MSM8227 chip with 512 MB RAM memory. Graphic rendering often eats a lot of CPU cycles, so this phone has a 450 megahertz Adreno 305 GPU to take some work out of the CPU. The Nokia Lumia 520 has anice 8 GB internal storage and an external memory slot, allowing the user to install hundreds of apps and games without any problem.

This cellphone offers WiFi connectivity (which it can provide to other devices acting as a modem), HSPA+ (4G) internet connection, that is not so fast as LTE-A or LTE 4G networks or the fastest 3G data connection, over HSDPA, HSUPA, UMTS and EDGE technologies. This phone works with a Micro SIM card for GSM carriers.

The Lumia 520 is equipped with only a 5 mega-pixels back facing camera. It is also able to capture videos in HD 1280x720 at 30 frames per second. In addition, this phone's camera also has auto-focus and geo tagging.

This device counts with a 1430 mAh medium Li-Ion battery, which isn't very promising for a thirsty cellphone like this.

This phone also comes with some interesting features like Bluetooth (4.0), GPS Localization and Near Field Communication (NFC), and some sensors likeLight Sensor, Proximity Sensor and Accelerometer.

Nokia offers the Nokia Lumia 520 for just $ 95, which is quite cheap for a device this level. If you are looking for a phone majorly for internet broswing and social networks, you will definitely love this cellphone. This cellphone includes Nokia Stereo Headset WH-108, Nokia Charging and Data Cable CA-189CD, Quick guide, High Efficiency Charger AC-20 and Nokia Battery BL-5J.

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Device Type:Phone
Operating System (OS):Windows Phone 8.1, 8
Variant:Global Model
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Dimensions:4.72 x 2.52 x 0.39 inchesMetric11.99 x 6.4 x 0.99 cmImperial
Weight:4.37 ouncesMetric123.89 gImperial
Colors:Black, Red, White and Yellow
Scratch Resistant Glass:Yes
Accessories:High Efficiency Charger AC-20, Nokia Battery BL-5J, Nokia Charging and Data Cable CA-189CD, Nokia Stereo Headset WH-108, Quick guide
Release date:2013-02-25
Price:$ 95.00


Screen Type:IPS LCD (16M colors)
Size:4 inchesMetric10.2 cmImperial
Resolution:480 x 800 pixels
Pixel density:233 pixels per inchMetric91.73 pixels per cmImperial
Touch screen:Capacitive, Multi-touch


Chipset:Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Plus MSM8227
Processor:Krait (Dual-Core 1000 MHz)
RAM Memory:512 MB
Graphics Processor:Adreno 305 (450 MHz)
Internal Memory:8 GB
SD Card Slot:microSD, microSDHC, microSDXC (up to 64 GB)


Battery type:Li-Ion
Capacity:1430 mAh
Talk Time:14.8 hours


Back camera:5 megapixels
    Focal length:28mm (35mm equivalence)
Max video resolution:1280 x 720 (30 fps) (HD)
Camera features:Auto-Focus and Geo Tagging


    Mobile Hotspot:Yes
SIM Card Type:Micro SIM
GSM Bands:850, 900, 1800, 1900
UMTS Bands:900, 2100
Technologies:HSPA+ (4G), HSDPA, HSUPA, UMTS, EDGE, GPRS and GSM

Other Features

Bluetooth:Version 4.0
Sensors:Accelerometer, Light Sensor and Proximity Sensor