Only last week, Nokia had announced the Lumia 520 and Lumia 720 in India. The Lumia 520 in particular garnered great interest in the public as it would displace the Lumia 620 as the cheapest Windows Phone 8 smartphone in India. But, there was a caveat. Nokia did not disclose the official price of the device, though the company hinted at a price of Rs 10,500. Well, now the device has gone up for pre-order on the Nokia India store for Rs 10,499.
For the uninitiated, the device has a 4-inch 800×480 pixel resolution display, a 1GHz dual-core Qualcomm Snapdragon Play processor, 512MB of RAM, 5-megapixel camera minus flash, 8GB of internal memory, and a microSD card slot.
Notably, like all Nokia phones it comes preloaded with a wealth of Nokia exclusive Windows Phones apps like Nokia Drive, Mix Radio, CityLens, and many more.
As far as the differences with the Lumia 620 are concerned, then the Lumia 520 has a slightly larger display than the Lumia 620, but it drops a flash for the rear camera and has no front facing camera nor NFC capabilities, which means it does not support the Windows Phone 8 wallet feature.
All this means, that users will have access to a stunningly fluid smartphone at a price as low as Rs 10,499, something which no Android OEM can match as of now. That said, prices of quad-core Android smartphones is tumbling thick and fast and users can get very compelling devices like the Micromax Canvas HD for as low as Rs 14,990, so if one does not mind paying that extra bit of cash, Android remains a better option.
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