Specs summary


The Nokia Lumia 520's screen is 4 inches with 480 x 800 pixels resolution.


There is a Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Dual core 1 GHz processor (CPU).


The phone runs on the Windows Phone 8 (Update Available: 8.1) operating system (OS).

5+ MP

You can take photos or capture video with the phone's onboard 5+ megapixel camera.

There's no secondary front camera.

8 GB

Internal memory is 8 GB. An external, MicroSD, MicroSDHC (up to 64 GB) expansion slot is available for increased storage capacity.


The phone is powered by a Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion), 1430 mAh battery. Nokia's performance ratings are 13.3 days standby time, 888 minutes (2G), 576 minutes (3G), 372 minutes Wi-Fi surfing.

The entry-level device certainly raises bars in terms of quality and is light years ahead of similar competitor products.

- Rich Edmonds , WPCentral 

Sure, you won’t find the premium-ness of materials found in a higher priced Lumia phone but Lumia 520 is certainly well designed.

- Kunal Gangar , Tech Ticker 

Reviews summary

Based on 29 reviews

What's good  

  • Affordable price
  • Smooth performance despite modest specs sheet
  • Memory expansion option

What's bad  

  • Meager 512MB of RAM
  • Lacks apps
  • Display does not have enhancements of ClearBlack Display technology

Unveiled at Mobile World Congress, the Nokia Lumia 520 is another budget offering for the Windows Phone platform. James Rogerson of TechRadar said that "At first glance it's certainly an impressive handset for the price."

The Nokia Lumia 520 comes with all the features that the average smartphone user needs but at its rock-bottom pricing, certain corners have to be cut. But as Marie Brewis of PC Advisor put it, “So you don't get 4G LTE support, wireless charging, near-field communication, City Lens augmented reality or the latest Bluetooth connectivity standard, but, until these technologies really take off, do you care?”

Design-wise, the Nokia Lumia 520 is a comfortable fit in the hands and its rounded sides and corners give way to easy single-handed operation. Despite being very lightweight at just 124 grams, the handset still feels solid although its build is a bit plasticky.

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Under the hood, the Nokia Lumia 520 runs Windows Phone 8 for its operating system which in turn is powered by the handset’s dual-core 1 GHz QualComm SnapDragon S4 processor. The processor is paired with just 512 MB of RAM (and this might sound meager when compared to the competition) but this is already more than enough to power Windows Phone 8. In fact, the only time you will notice a lag on the handset is when you launch a third-party application or its camera.

Due to its affordable price point, the Nokia Lumia 520 only has 8GB of onboard storage but at least, the handset comes with a dedicated microSD card slot in its chassis for memory expansion purposes so the measly internal memory of the handset shouldn’t be too much of an issue. In terms of its screen, the handset sports a 4-inch IPS LCD panel with a 480 x 800 resolution. Though the screen itself is pretty decent, it doesn’t have the ClearBlack Display technology found in other higher-end Lumias which makes the display of the Nokia Lumia 520 slightly inferior.

Overall, you get what you pay for in the Nokia Lumia 520. It may not have all the bells and whistles you are looking for but at the very least, it certainly comes with all those you need best.

Reviews (7.6/10 Avg. rating)


Smartphone deal of the year

from Pocketnow
Our final rating is going to be an 7 out of 10. While there are a lot of limitations and areas that are lacking with the Lumia 521, the big draw for it is its pricing. Given the crazy low price, there is a huge amount of value included with this phone and it’s still fast, stable, and easy to use. In some ways, it’s actually better than some high end phones; 1. the user replaceable battery is inexpensive and widely available. 2. you can add 64 Gigs of storage for media, 3. the ergonomic shape is very comfortable to hold, and 4. it’s very inexpensive... Full review

The incredibly low price is a huge selling point for the Nokia Lumia 520

from TechRadar
The Nokia Lumia 520, much like its big brother the Nokia Lumia 620, is a jack of all trades and a master of none - although manages to make a good fist of nearly all it tries, for the price.It looks good, it's got a decent screen both in terms of size and resolution, it rarely stutters or slows down, it's great for calls and messaging, reasonable for media and okay for photos... Full review
Tech Advisor

A very popular budget Window Phone 8 device

from Tech Advisor
If you're looking for a cheap smartphone, you may have just found it. The Nokia Lumia 520 doesn't tick all the boxes on our features wishlist, but it capably handles those that are most important. Windows Phone 8 is a beautiful operating system, but it still lacks apps. If you can get past this and don't mind sacrificing some performance and connectivity, the Lumia 520 is a strong budget buy... Full review

Nokia's cost-cutting entry level to the Windows Phone 8 universe

from SlashGear
The Nokia Lumia 521 isn’t the nicest Windows Phone 8 device on the market – and it’s certainly not the hottest Nokia machine out today – but it’s not meant to be. Working to be the cost-cutting entry level to the Windows Phone 8 universe with the good ship Nokia – that’s the aim. That’s what this machine will do, too – expect quite a few upgrades to higher-powered Lumia devices once the 521 is paid for in full by users on T-Mobile... Full review
Digital Trends

It has some nice aspects but they’re overshadowed by the mediocre display and slow mobile data speeds

from Digital Trends

The Nokia Lumia 521 is the kind of budget phone that really feels like one. It has some nice aspects – speedy performance, decent design, good call quality – but they’re overshadowed by the mediocre display and slow mobile data speeds. Plus, Windows Phone has it’s own overall problems including too few really great apps.

For those customers who really want to stick with T-Mobile, this is your only Windows Phone choice. And at $30 down it’s not a truly terrible one. Though if you want a better balance between value and price while still sticking to a bud... Full review


The most affordable Nokia Windows Phone

from WPCentral
If you want an affordable Windows Phone that doesn't suffer from performance issues and sports some unique features, the Lumia 520 is a superb option that should be taken seriously. Nokia has done well to shake up the market and offer such an experience for literally next to nothing... Full review
Phone Scoop

It offers the full Windows Phone experience in a compact and inexpensive piece of hardware

from Phone Scoop

The Nokia Lumia 521 is one of the best values available from T-Mobile USA at the moment. The 521 has a pleasing design and solid build quality. The hardware functions very well and surpasses most other Android smartphones I've seen in the same device class.

Calls sounded good, network speeds were decent, and battery life was average. The 5-megapixel camera takes usable photos, and the video camera produces results of which you won't be ashamed to share. Toss in the solid selection of Nokia services, such as HERE, and Microsoft's apps, such as SkyDrive, and you're getting a lot for y... Full review

Laptop Magazine

Gives shoppers an affordable, easy-to-use and attractive Windows Phone

from Laptop Magazine
The Lumia 521 is an entry-level Windows Phone that offers a lot for much less than other devices. For just $129 (without a contract), shoppers get an attractive and compact design, a capable camera and a user-friendly interface that will please smartphone newbies. Nokia did sacrifice some features -- such as LTE support, a high-res screen and a front-facing camera -- to achieve such an aggressive price. The battery life could also be better. Overall, though, the Lumia 521 can save you hundreds versus other carriers while providing a well-rounded experience... Full review

One of the best bargain smartphones on any platform, but skip it if LTE is of paramount concern

from Cnet
Nokia's Lumia 521 is one of the best bargain smartphones on any platform, but skip it if LTE is of paramount concern... Full review

Good design and build quality at an affordable price point

from Pocket-lint

The Nokia Lumia 520 is a great little smartphone. It delivers what Nokia is known for, with good design and build quality, despite the affordable price point. A few hardware shortcuts have been made, knocking out the flash, front camera and NFC, for example, which the slightly more expensive Lumia 620 offers.

But at this price there's little to criticise. It's a competent smartphone, delivering the Windows Phone 8 experience aptly, so if you're in the market for a smartphone that won't cost the earth, it's well worthy of consideration. If you have a few pounds more, however, then it... Full review

Great Price for a Great Windows 8 Phone!

My first Windows/Nokia was a Lumia 710 but when it finally stopped working I upgraded to the Lumia 520. The reason why I went with the 520 was because I was already familiar with Windows and already loved it but wanted more apps. Windows 8 offers a lot of new apps that other platforms offer and ther... More
My first Windows/Nokia was a Lumia 710 but when it finally stopped working I upgraded to the Lumia 520. The reason why I went with the 520 was because I was already familiar with Windows and already loved it but wanted more apps. Windows 8 offers a lot of new apps that other platforms offer and there are always more apps coming. HERE Drive is a great offline GPS that can be used anywhere in the World and it doesn't use any of your data. The price was also a huge reason why I chose the Lumia 520. I like to switch phones often, so at $150 for a decent phone I'm not too upset if I get bored of it. The Nokia Lumia 520 is a great phone, not only for the price but for all of the features that Windows 8 offers. Sure it doesn't have all of those fancy add-ons like LTE and wireless charging but who actually needs that? Don't be lazy, plug your phone in, and I'd rather not go through my data plan in a day. Thank you Nokia for producing a great quality, low price phone. Less

Awesome phone

Go for it.....the best phone i ever had in my life.
Go for it.....the best phone i ever had in my life. Less

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Full Specs

Release date April 11, 2013
Regions available USA, Canada, United Kingdom, Asia, Europe, North America, Australia, South America, Africa, India, Philippines, Russia, Ukraine, China
850/900/1800/1900 MHz
850/1900/2100 MHz
SIM Card Micro-SIM
Dual SIM No
Operating System Windows Phone 8 (Update Available: 8.1)

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Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Dual core 1 GHz
Internal Flash Memory
8 GB
RAM 512 MB
Digital compass Yes
FlightMode Yes
Hearing Aid Compatible Yes
Noise Cancellation Yes
SAR Head: 0.86 W/kg
Body: 0.88 W/kg
Languages English
Manufacturer Warranty 1 Year
Accessories Included AC Charger, Data Cable, Headset, Manual, Standard Battery
Power & Battery
Type Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion), 1430 mAh
Removable Battery Yes
Wireless Charging No
Fast Charging No
Video Playback Time 288 minutes
Wi-Fi Surfing Time 372 minutes
3G Surfing Time 402 minutes
4G Surfing Time No
Talk Time Up to:
888 minutes (2G)
576 minutes (3G)
Standby Time Up to: 13.3 days
Physical Characteristics
Design Type Bar
Multi-Use Smart Phone / PDA Yes
Material Plastic
Colors Black, Blue, Red, White, Yellow
Dimensions [H x W x D] 12.0 x 6.4 x 1.0 cm
(4.7 x 2.5 x 0.4 in)
Weight 124 grams
(4.4 ounces)
Water Resistant / Waterproof Unknown
Rugged Design No
IP Rating No
Antenna Type Internal
Changeable Faceplates No
Display / Screen
Type Color
Technology LCD (IPS)
Colors 16.7 million
Resolution 480 x 800 pixels
Pixel Density 235 pixels
Size 4 inches
3D No
Secondary Display No
Sensors Ambient Light, Proximity, Motion / Accelerometer
Graphics Yes
Themes Yes
Backlit Illumination Yes
Zoom / Magnification Yes
Screen Orientation Lock Yes
Multi Touch Yes
Fingerprint-Resistant Coating Yes
Additional Display Features Capacitive touch screen
Input / Navigation
Sleep / Wake Key No
Home Key No
Mute Key No
Input Type Touchscreen
Navigation Type Touchscreen
Predictive Text Entry Yes
Physical Keyboard No
Voicemail Key Yes
Any Key Answer No
Voice Commands Yes
Keypad / Screen Lock Yes
External Volume Control Yes
External Media Playback Controls No
Fingerprint Sensor No
Call Management
Wi-Fi Calling Unknown
Voice over LTE (VoLTE) Unknown
Contact List Capacity Depends on system memory
Multiple Numbers Per Contact Email address, Other fields
Contact Groups Yes
Auto Answer No
Voice Activated Dialing Yes
Photo Caller ID Yes
Web / Email / Messaging
Web Browsing Type HTML, HTML 5
Browser Internet Explorer Mobile
Javascript Yes
Flash No
Email Yes
Email Protocols POP3, IMAP, SMTP, Microsoft Exchange
Additional Email Features Hotmail, Yahoo! Mail, Gmail, Nokia Mail, Windows Live / Hotmail
Messaging Services SMS, MMS, IM (Windows Live)
Push-to-talk (PTT) No
USB Micro-USB 2.0
USB OTG Support No
Infrared No
Bluetooth 3.0
Bluetooth Profiles A2DP, AVRCP, OPP/FTP, HFP
WiFi 802.11 b/g/n
WiFi Encryption WEP/WPA/WPA2
Mobile Hotspot Yes
Expansion Slots Yes
Expansion Slots Info MicroSD, MicroSDHC (up to 64 GB)
PC Synchronization Yes
TV-out No
DLNA Support No
UMA Support No
Data Tethering Compatibility Yes
Java Applications No
Brew Applications No
ECML / Digital Wallet Yes
PictBridge No
Main Camera  
Aperture Unknown
Resolution 5+ megapixels
Dual Lens No
Zoom 4x digital
Flash No
Additional Rear Camera Info Auto focus, Brightness control, Geotagging, ISO, White balance, Scene modes
Video Recording Formats H.264 / AVC, MPEG-4
Video Recording Parameters HD (1280 x 720 pixels), 30 fps
Front Camera  
Zoom No
Additional Front Camera Info No
Video Recording Parameters
Audio / Video
Audio Playback Yes
Audio Formats MP3, MP4, eAAC+, AAC+, AAC, AMR, WMA Pro, WMA, M4A, AMR-NB
Radio No
Video Playback Yes
Video Playback Formats 3GP / 3GPP, 3G2 / 3GPP2, H.264 / AVC, MPEG-4, WMV, ASF, AVI
Mobile TV No
Streaming Video Yes
External Speakers Yes
Headset Jack 3.5mm
Custom Ringtones Yes
Vibration Alert Yes
Downloadable Ringtones Yes
Ringtone Composer No
Ringer ID Yes
Haptic Feedback Vibration Yes
Speakerphone Yes
To-Do / Task List Yes
Calendar Yes
World Clock No
Alarm Yes
Stopwatch No
Timer No
Calculator Yes
Currency Converter No
Document Viewer DOC, DOCX, PDF, PPT, PPTX, XLS
Weather No
Stocks No
Maps Yes
Notepad Yes
Voice Memos / Recorder Yes
Games Downloadable
Apps Downloadable, Pre-installed (Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter)
Included Software / Apps No
Additional Comments Other Names (AKA): Nokia Lumia 521

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