This is a carrier-bounded version of Nokia Lumia 520
Nokia and T-Mobile USA are about to launch the Lumia 521, the carrier’s version of Lumia 520 smartphone, which was unveiled back in February at the Mobile World Congress 2013.The smartphone has been recently spotted at FCC (Federal Communication Commission) by the folks over at Engadget, which means the Lumia 521 is close to being officially unveiled at T-Mobile USA.
There are no details on the phone’s pricing options and exact release date, but Windows Phone fans should expect the Lumia 521 to be available for around $200/ €155 outright.
Nokia Lumia 520 is already available for pre-order at several European retailers for prices ranging between $200/ €155 and $220/€170 off contract, which is why we suspect that T-Mobile’s version will be priced around the same amount.
For those out of the loop, Nokia Lumia 520 is a budget friendly Windows Phone handset, which features slightly better specs than the cheapest Nokia smartphone, the Lumia 620.
Nokia Lumia 521 sports a 4.0-inch IPS LCD capacitive touchscreen display that supports 480 x 800 pixels resolution and scratch-resistant coating, whereas the Lumia 620 has a slightly smaller 3.8-inch Clear Black display with the same resolution.
Hardware-wise, Lumia 521 and Lumia 620 are similar. Each is equipped with a dual-core processor clocked at 1GHz, Adreno 305 graphics processing unit and 512MB of RAM.
They also come packed with 8GB of internal memory, which can be further expanded up to 64GB via microSD memory card.
On the back, Nokia Lumia 521 sports a 5-megapixel photo snapper with autofocus and HD (720p) video recording. The bad news is that the main camera does not feature LED flash, so pictures in low-light conditions are a no go.
Last but not least, the phone’s 1430 mAh Li-Ion battery should provide up to 360 hours of standby time or up to 15 hours of talk time (10 hours in 3G mode).