[MWC 2013] Following the steps of the Lumia 720, the Lumia 520 is also an “affordable” (199 Euros, no contract) Windows 8 smartphone. It uses a hardware platform similar to the 720: Snapdragon dual-core 1GHZ, 512MB of RAM, 720p video recording at 30 FPS, 800×480 screen resolution, etc… However, Nokia has shrinked the camera specs even further with a 5 Megapixel main camera and a smaller 1430 mAh battery capacity. The smartphone is even a little smaller with a 4″ display.To make up for the weaker specs, Nokia is giving away HERE with free worldwide maps (except Japan, and maybe other places…) This will probably not impress Android users who have been spoiled with the free Google Maps and Google Navigation.
This model is probably destined primarily for market where the lack of subsidy makes a $100 drop in (out of contract) price a big deal, so we dare guessing that it may be be more popular in select countries. Design-wise, I find it to be really cute, but I’m probably not the prime target for this particular series of smartphones – I just like the Lumia 920 much more. Would you rather pay a bit more and get the Lumia 720, or do you think that your usage doesn’t warrant using a faster phone (for a higher price)?