MWC 2013: Nokia Lumia 520 hands-on preview

Alongside the Lumia 720, Nokia launched a new super-budget Windows Phone 8 device called the Lumia 520. Priced at just 139 Euros (pre-tax), the Lumia 520 is a 4-inch slab of colour, with bright removable backs that can be swapped depending on your mood.

 

Nokia Lumia 520 MWC 2013

 

It's a chunky little beast,  but doesn't feel too heavy in the hand, unlike its bigger brother the Lumia 920. The back pops off easily, giving you access to the battery and SIM/memory card slots, and allowing you to swap to a whole new colour.

 

Nokia Lumia 520 MWC 2013

Nokia Lumia 520 MWC 2013

 

The Lumia 520’s 1GHz processor is basic but does the job, keeping Windows Phone 8 running smoothly. The screen isn’t as vibrant as the Lumia 720’s, but it’s reasonably crisp and bright and pretty good for the cash.

 

Nokia Lumia 520 MWC 2013

 

You get a capable 5MP camera that packs a Carl Zeiss lens, the same as the Lumia 920, and the Lumia 520 seemed to take decent low-light shots in our brief fiddle. You get all of the great camera features too, such as Cinemagraph (which allows you to animate parts of a photo, with creepy results).

 

Nokia Lumia 520 MWC 2013

 

Nokia’s ‘Here’ suite of apps, including Drive and Maps, are all present and correct. There’s no front-facing snapper for chatting with loved ones however.

 

Nokia Lumia 520 MWC 2013

 

The Lumia family is rapidly expanding, with four phones announced in as many months, so it seems that Nokia won't be biting the grape on its Windows Phone 8 range any time soon. Expect a full review soon, and the Lumia 520 to hit UK stores in Q2.

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