Nokia Lumia 520

Nokia Lumia 520
Nokia Lumia 520 smartphone was launched in April 2013. The phone comes with a 4.00-inch touchscreen display with a resolution of 480 pixels by 800 pixels at a PPI of 235 pixels per inch.

The Nokia Lumia 520 is powered by 1GHz dual-core and it comes with 512MB of RAM. The phone packs 8GB of internal storage that can be expanded up to 64GB via a microSD card. As far as the cameras are concerned, the Nokia Lumia 520 packs a 5-megapixel primary camera on the rear.

The Nokia Lumia 520 runs Windows Phone 8 and is powered by a 1430mAh removable battery. It measures 119.90 x 64.00 x 9.90 (height x width x thickness) and weighs 124.00 grams.

The Nokia Lumia 520 is a single SIM (GSM) smartphone that accepts a Micro-SIM. Connectivity options include Wi-Fi, GPS, Bluetooth, FM. Sensors on the phone include Proximity sensor, Ambient light sensor, Accelerometer.

  • Design
  • Display
  • Software
  • Performance
  • Battery life
  • Camera
  • Value for money
  • Good
  • Sturdy design
  • Good value for money
  • Bundled Nokia apps
  • Bad
  • Display could have been better
  • Average rear camera, no flash or front camera
  • App ecosystem not at par with Android and iOS





Front Camera



 480x800 pixels




 Windows Phone 8



Rear Camera


Battery capacity

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Nokia Lumia 520 detailed specifications
Alternate names Lumia 520
Release date April 2013
Form factor Bar
Dimensions (mm) 119.90 x 64.00 x 9.90
Weight (g) 124.00
Battery capacity (mAh) 1430
Removable battery Yes
Colours Yellow, red, cyan, white, black
SAR value NA
Screen size (inches) 4.00
Touchscreen Yes
Resolution 480x800 pixels
Pixels per inch (PPI) 235
Processor 1GHz  dual-core
Internal storage 8GB
Expandable storage Yes
Expandable storage type microSD
Expandable storage up to (GB) 64
Rear camera 5-megapixel
Flash No
Front camera No
Operating System Windows Phone 8
Wi-Fi Yes
Wi-Fi standards supported 802.11 b/ g/ n
Bluetooth Yes, v 4.00
Infrared No
Headphones 3.5mm
FM Yes
SIM Type Micro-SIM
3G Yes
4G/ LTE No
Compass/ Magnetometer No
Proximity sensor Yes
Accelerometer Yes
Ambient light sensor Yes
Gyroscope No
Barometer No
Temperature sensor No

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  •  As good as it gets.... 22 May 2014

    4/5 stars

    By Bhaskar Das

    I used this device for 6 months. This is an amazing phone.It will change the definition of Budget Phones.I mean, its hard to believe that a Windows Phone EIGHT! device is availble for under 10 k. Talking about design, one can easily say that its the best looking phone out there not only in its price range.The sleek look, bright funky colors, rectangular design, can easily make it a good looking phone and comfortable for hold. Talking about Performance, as said earlier, it has 1GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon S4, Dual Core with dedicated GPU. It will respond faster, will not lag (though heavy task is of-course restricted on it) and has enough internal memory (8GB!). If you want a phone for your social needs, then don't look for any other phone. Windows Phones are best in this category as they have Facebook, Twitter,skype integration, and a lot of IM apps to keep you connected. People Hub, merges your contacts from FB, Twitter, Linkedin and show all of their latest updates on single tile (if you wish to). It has Office 365, email and linkedin integration. So if you are a hard working guy, it will help you to do your job smartly, without even hurting your pocket. High End Gamers, Ignore it. Enough said. Casual Gamers, it has collection of games till Ashphalt 7 Heat. You can also play Rail Rush, Benji Bananas, Temple Run, Temple Run 2, Indian Teen Patti, World Cricket Championship and beside that, there are many more games like from gameloft (Amazing Spiderman, Real soccer, Dark Knight, etc) and from other famous developers. Music addicts, go for it. It has nice music player. Nokia Music service provided by nokia completes multimedia needs. No need of any other apps. It allows free music download (free for 3 months, afterward, subscription can be extended by giving nominal charges), Mix radio plays random music of your choice. Sound is very nice. Photography on this phone is average. Its 5MP camera is good. Performs well against similar rivals. But one thing you will surely like about the camera is its capability to record 720p HD videos at 30fps. Battery life is not an issue if you know how to use a smartphone. People here complain about battery life even without having basic knowledge. You will get average @ days for normal usage and heavy gamers and net surfers will get almost an full day. No phone will give a long battery life than this phone in this price range. Just one con of this phone was that its app ecosystem was less compared to android and ios.Btw its foolish to go on app number . Who uses more than 100 apps?. So from my side I will give a big thumbs up for Nokia Lumia 520. And I will recommend this phone for those who wants a very fast operating phone and decent battery life and above all a good looking Windows phone.

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  •  Windows phone- Good value for money. 03 May 2014

    4/5 stars

    By aayush agarwal

    The Nokia Lumia 520 looks good. It has got a decent 4 inches screen with IPS diplay. The 1 GHz qualcomm snapdragon processor makes sure the device rarely stutters or slows down. Camera produces quality pictures at 5MP however the flash is missing and so is the front camera. Otherwise, the product is great for calls and messaging and might just be the best entry level Windows Phone handset you can buy. PROS: 1) Cheap 2) Large, expansive screen 3) Loads of innovation CONS: 1)No front-facing camera 2)Average battery 3)No NFC or compass

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  •  a budget phone from nokia ..willl it stand 03 May 2014

    4/5 stars

    By Jayant Sharma

    Good Sturdy design Good value for money Bundled Nokia apps Bad Display could have been better Average rear camera, no flash or front camera App ecosystem not at par with Android and iOS

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  •  bang for the buck 09 May 2014

    5/5 stars

    By Vivek Reddy

    one of the best phone came across this 10 k price range ..prior to this i used huwaei ideos u8800 pro which is an average phone for the price but this phone blew the competitors devices out of water its build is on par with price range and the dual core processor make its speedy operation screen is size optimum with 4 inch camera with 5mp is good in daylight but since flash light isnt present its not good for night time or low light photography ,, but quality of picture is on par and nokia maps with here maps application is great and drawback would be the app ecosystem surely its developng but still it has long way to catch up over all i would say its a pretty solid device for the price range i would suggest this phone for the budget conscious people

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  •  Affordable dual core windows phone 14 May 2014

    4/5 stars

    By Shekar Raja

    The Nokia Lumia 520 is an affordable smartphone powered by dual core processor running on Windows Phone 8 with a price tag of under Rs. 10,000. There are some features missing but overall it’s a good handset. Design and Display Being a Nokia product the built quality and finishing no doubt is very good,It is comfortable to hold The rear cover is matte finish and available in White, Red, Yellow, Black and Cyan color options. These colored back cover can be bought separately. The handset has got a nice professional look and looks better than the Nokia Lumia 620 the one with curvy edges.The IPS display screen is 4 inches with 800×480 pixels resolution (WVGA) with 16M colors. There is nothing mentioned about the display screen so probably you might want to get a screen guard for the same. The viewing angle, color reproduction and touch sensitivity is very good. There are light, G-sensor and proximity sensors Memory and OS This handset comes with 512MB RAM and 8GB internal storage. Of the 512MB RAM, 395 MB is the total memory available and from the 8GB storage space about 4.66 GB is available. There is a micro SD card slot that can house external card of up to 64GB. The handset runs on the Windows Phone 8 OS. Inside the hood its dual core QUALCOMM snapdragon MSM8227 chipset clocked at 1GHz with Adreno 305 GPU. The performance is very good with no lags. The windows phone 8 itself uses fewer resources with minimal graphic and more of colors and text. This handset supports multitasking. Camera and Entertainment There is only one camera of 5 megapixel resolution placed on the rear side. There is no LED flash and no front camera. It is an auto focus camera and quality is good. The 5MP camera can record videos in 720p resolution at 30 fps. I tried playing a 1080p MP4 video and it worked pretty smooth.It’s a single SIM phone The in call speaker is loud and clear Gaming I tried the Temple run and Line Birds game that worked well. There are many games that can be downloaded from the Windows store. Battery The battery is of 1430 mAh capacity with talktime of up to 9 hours on 3G and 14 hours on 2G. On a full charge you can expect a usage time of over a day verdict The features are good, the price is tempting and it’s from a well known brand. However the OS is Windows based, there is no front camera and a missing LED flash. If you are a hardcore android user, it’s better to avoid it but if the OS doesn’t make any different and not much into gaming then this is a better option for the price

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