The decidedly mid-range Nokia Lumia 521 is on its way to customers of T-Mobile USA this coming May.
The Lumia 521 will ship with much of Nokia’s flagship, the Lumia 920’s features intact including a 4”super sensitive touch screen for users who would prefer to not take their gloves off during cold winter months, and a 5MP camera with auto focus and 720p video recording. Lumia 521 features a dual-core snap dragon processor.
The Nokia Lumia 521 is a variant of the Nokia Lumia 520. So conclusions on the Nokia Lumia 521 can be drawn from the specifications of that device. It shipped with a 1,430mAh battery, 8GB of storage, and a microSD card slot for adding even more storage later on down the road.
That device did not ship with any of Nokia’s PureView camera enhancements nor did it have wireless charging built-in. Pictures provided by T-Mobile do confirm that like the Lumia 521, like the Lumia 520 won’t have any sort of flash for picture taking on board. Speed demons need also look elsewhere, this device will only run on T-Mobile’s 4G network, not the LTE network it recently switched on.
As with all Nokia devices based on Windows Phone 8, the Lumia 521 will ship with a full suite of navigation utilities including HERE Drive, HERE Maps, and HERE Transit. Nokia will also include its Cinemagraph, and panoramic lens for big time photo takers. Lastly music listens will have the option of streaming an unlimited amount of music via the included Nokia Music app.
As Nokia attempts to stabilize its smartphone market share, low end devices have been repeatedly described by Nokia CEO Steven Elop as a priority, noting that the company will “keep pushing down [the available price points] of Windows Phone.”
With lower price points Nokia is better able to compete with Android devices that are offered at more price points than Windows Phone devices on the market today. Lower price points would also help the company better compete with the iPhone. Typically older generations iPhones are on sale for a low price with a two-year service agreement by wireless carriers. For example AT&T offers the iPhone 4 for $.01 with a two-year commitment.