Nokia Lumia 520, the cheapest Windows Phone 8 smartphone, will be available in the Indian market starting April 6 for Rs, 10,499. 

The smartphone is already up on sale online on most major online retail websites like Flipkart, HomeShop 18, Snapdeal and Infibeam for the same price. Most of these websites are also offering EMI options and freebies like memory cards along with thee device. Most retailers are promising to start shipping the Lumia 520 within a couple of days of launch. 

New and existing Reliance Communications (GSM) subscribers can avail of 1GB of 3G data per month for 2 months and unlimited Facebook and WhatsApp access for two months. 

The different back panels can be swapped

The different back panels can be swapped

Nokia claims that the Lumia 520 can deliver features such as the same digital camera lens found on the company’s flagship device, the Lumia 920, Nokia Music for free music out of the box and also on offline mode, and the HERE location suite. 

Here are some of the highlighted features of the Lumia 520:

  • 4-inch ClearBlack LCD display with a resolution of 800 x 480 pixels
  • 3G, EDGE/GRPS, Wi-Fi
  • GPS with A-GPS
  • Bluetooth 3.0 with A2DP
  • 5 megapixel camera with 720p video recording
  • 8GB internal memory, expandable up to 64GB via microSD

The Nokia Lumia 520 was announced at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona in February. Aimed at the mid-range price point market, the highly affordable Lumia handset was eventually announced in India only last month.

The Lumia 520 smartphone is available for purchase in five colours. The handset will definitely attract a lot of eyeballs as it brings a modern OS and decent processing power to the table along with the low cost. It has quite a lot going for it like the dual-core processor, a smooth Windows Phone 8 experience and a compact screen with a decent resolution. 

The Lumia 520 will replace the Lumia 510 in Nokia's lineup

The Lumia 520 will replace the Lumia 510 in Nokia's lineup

This Windows Phone 8-powered smartphone also provides a more personal smartphone experience. The company claims that pinning playlists, HERE routes, web pages and documents direct to the Start Screen as Live Tiles enables easier access to one’s favorite content. With PeopleHub, users can get all social media notifications and messages into one convenient location. It also comes with Xbox, 7GB of free online SkyDrive storage and Microsoft Office with Outlook, Word, Excel and PowerPoint available out of the box. With an 8GB mass memory and expandable 64GB memory slot, Nokia Lumia 520 also allows to store a wealth of content created and collected. 

Announced along with the Nokia Lumia 520 was the slightly higher priced Nokia Lumia 720. As far as the Lumia 720 goes, the Finnish giant will be targetting shutterbugs with the phone, which makes it look like it'll have quite a good camera. The primary camera is 6.7 megapixel with an f/1.9 aperture and Carl Zeiss optics while the 1.3 megapixel snapper at the front is described as an HD-quality, wide-angle camera that makes taking pictures with friends and video calling easier. The smartphone comes with the latest Nokia Lumia services, including Nokia Music, the HERE location suite and an optional snap-on wireless charging cover.

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