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Overview of the Smartphone Nokia Lumia 520: Stylish and Compact

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Display IPS LCD capacitive touchscreen, 16M colors, 4.0 inches, 480 x 800 pixels (~233 ppi pixel density)

Camera 5 MP, f/2.4, 28mm, autofocus,

Processor Qualcomm MSM8227

Memory microSD, up to 64 GB (dedicated slot), Internal - 8 GB, 512 MB RAM

Battery Removable Li-Ion 1430 mAh battery (BL-5J)

Inside IPS LCD capacitive touchscreen, 16M colors, 4.0 inches, 480 x 800 pixels (~233 ppi pixel density)

To date, the most affordable smartphone on Windows Phone 8 is, of course, Nokia Lumia 520. To some extent, it’s a kind of a stripped-down version of the Lumia 720; both models were announced, by the way, at the same time.

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The smartphone is compact with the weighs of 124 g. Keeping it in hands is enjoyable. Under the lithium-ion battery with capacity of 1430 mAh there are slots for microSD flash memory and SIM cards.

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The rear panels are changeable; the scope of supply includes colorful removable panels.

A rear camera has 5 MP. Front camera is not available.

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The Hardware Part

The overview of Nokia Lumia520 should be continued by description of its hardware, which looks pretty good even compared to older models of this family. It has 2-core Krait 1 GHz processor, Adreno 305 graphics accelerator, but the memory is clearly not enough – only 512MB. Not all applications are now able to operate normally with volume of, although the system on this device works pretty quickly and smoothly.

The overview would be incomplete without mentioning of memory available to users of the smartphone. Built-in memory is 8 GB, which probably will not be enough to perform many tasks, such as storing videos, photos, etc. However, the memory can be easily expanded up to 64 GB of inserting the microSD card, a slot for which, as already noted, is under the battery.


By the way, it’s interesting that the performance of Nokia Lumia 520 is not far behind from older and more expensive models in the series, for example, from Lumia 720. Description of the screen is also presented in this review. The smartphone is equipped with 4” IPS-display with 800×480 resolution. Screen resolution of the device is even higher than that of older models, but the ClearBlack technology is not used in their production. Accordingly, the review of Nokia Lumia 520 should be completed by the conclusion that the contrast of the display of this model is not satisfactory enough. At least it is inferior to 720-th model. On a bright day, the screen is quite glaring. However, the performance of the device is almost at the level of the older models of the family, which is extremely rare to find from other smartphone manufacturers.

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