Nokia today launched the successor to its highest selling low-budget Lumia 520 smartphone in India. The Lumia 525, which codenamed Glee, is essentially an improved version of the Lumia 520, with a pumped up RAM and better ergonomics of dedicated buttons. With this phone, Nokia is clearly tapping the low-budget segment of phones especially to entice the budget conscious consumers. We checked out the phone at its launch event in Delhi and here are or first impressions of the device. Also Read - Nokia XR20 rugged 5G phone launched: Check specs, price, India launch details
To begin with the design, Nokia has not really made any noticeable changes in the design of the Lumia 525, which remains the same as the Lumia 520. However, the company certainly has worked on the dedicated buttons of the phone in order to sort out the issues faced in the Lumia 520. The phone looks like to have donned a unibody design and comes with a non-removable back panel, which looked a bit too glossy for our taste. Despite that, we quite like the design of the phone especially considering what its competitors offer at this price point. The phone does feel sturdy as well as is pretty comfortable to use.
The 4-inch WVGA (480 800 pixels) display is fairly good for its size and display quality. The hardware remains the same as the Lumia 520 and the only difference is it comes with double the RAM (1GB), which was turning out to be the biggest pain point for users who could not play certain games because of the low 512MB RAM.
We tried the 5-megapixel rear camera of the phone, and needless to say, the ambient lighting conditions were not really good for testing the camera. So we will keep our comments on that bit for later.
Other features in the phone include 3G support, Bluetooth, Wi-Fi and A-GPS. The Lumia 525 comes with the Lumia Black update which brings about some changes like better Bluetooth connectivity, among others. Nokia has launched the Lumia 525 in a variety of colors including glossy orange, white, yellow and matte black.
The phone will be up against the likes of Samsung Galaxy S Duos 2 which is also a 4-inch phone but runs on Android. The Lumia 525 is priced at Rs 10,399.
Photographs shots using Nokia Lumia 1520.