Nokia Lumia 525 Portrait and Landscape

While the Nokia Lumia 525 is technically just an entry level phone, its predecessor, the Lumia 520, set some very high standards for it. That’s because the Lumia 520 makes up 39.9% of the entire Windows Phone 8 market share when you include the 521 variant for T-Mobile in the US. Heck, when someone makes a switch to the Windows Phone platform, it’s typically the to the Lumia 520. Nokia is hoping the Lumia 525 will pick up where the 520 will eventually leave off. But does it have what it takes?

The Nokia Lumia 525 features a 4 inch WVGA IPS display, which isn’t an upgrade over its predecessor’s screen in terms of resolution and clarity. However, the Lumia 520 didn’t have the benefit of an IPS display, so expect color reproduction, viewing angles, and overall image quality to be better on the Lumia 525.

Nokia Lumia 525 Color Variants

The Lumia 525 also hides a Snapdragon S4 SoC under the hood with a dual core CPU clocked at 1GHz. Coupled with it will be an ample 1GB of RAM and 8GB of internal storage. Now, if you find that lacking, you can expand storage via micro SD up to 64GB, and if that’s not good enough, there’s also 7GB of free cloud storage courtesy of SkyDrive.

Handling the imaging aspect of things is a 5mp shooter on the back of the device. Weirdly enough, the Lumia 525 won’t come with a front camera, which is a bummer if you’re into video chatting. Battery life is pretty awesome though. It’s only rated at 1,430mAh, but keep in mind that Windows Phone and iOS devices don’t consume quite as much juice as Android phones do.

Right now, there’s no news on pricing, although I expect it to be around what the Lumia 520 launched at. Rollout will begin in Africa, Asia Pacific, and Middle East so we should start seeing the Nokia Lumia 525 on retailer shelves pretty soon.

Nokia Lumia 525 Specs

  • 4″ WVGA IPS display (480 x 800 resolution, 233ppi)
  • Snapdragon S4 SoC with 1GHz dual core Qualcomm MSM8227 CPU
  • Adreno 305
  • Windows Phone 8
  • 1GB RAM
  • 8GB internal storage
  • 5mp rear-facing camera
  • 3G/HSPA
  • Bluetooth 4.0
  • 1,430mAh battery

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