Nokia’s latest baby Windows Phone has arrived in the UK. The Lumia 520 was announced at Mobile World Congress at the end of February, and while its sibling Lumia 720 phone has already gone on sale, the cheaper 520 has taken a little while longer to hit the stores.
The Lumia 520 is just about the cheapest way to experience Microsoft’s latest version of its mobile operating system, as it runs Windows Phone 8. O2 has an exclusive red version of the Lumia 520 available on a contract or as a Pay As You Go device.
If you don’t mind signing up for two-years, the Lumia 520 is yours for free with a £14 per month tariff (which provides 100 minutes, unlimited SMS and 250MB of data), or £60 for the phone if you want an even cheaper £11 per month contract. On PAYG, the Lumia 520 costs a very reasonable £120, making it marginally less expensive than the £150 Lumia 620, but considerably less than the £300 Lumia 720.
The Lumia 520 has a 4-inch, 480 x 800 pixel resolution screen – which is “super-sensitive” and can be used with gloved hands – and a 1GHz, dual-core Snapdragon S4 processor with 512MB of RAM. There’s 8GB of internal storage memory, plus a microSD card slot to increase this by up to 64GB. On the back of the phone is a 5-megapixel camera, and the whole device weighs 124 grams and measures 9.9mm thick.
While it won’t replace the Lumia 920 in tech lover’s hearts, the Lumia 520 is an excellent buy for first-time smartphone owners, or for someone who wants to try out Windows Phone 8 without spending too much in the process. The phone is on sale right now.