Nokia Lumia 520 

Released May, 2015
  • Windows Phone, 8.1, 8
  • 3.5G
  • 4"
  • Dual core 1 GHz
The phone has 21.1 Mbits HSPA+ modem inside, plus Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and A-GPS radio to take advantage of the HERE Drive, Maps and Public Transit suite, which is perhaps the most comprehensive offline navigation package for a mobile you can have.
by PhoneArena (Apr, 2013)
It weighs the perfectly acceptable 124g.
by GSM Arena (Apr, 2013)
6.5 Out of 10

PhoneRocket Review Our evaluation of the Nokia Lumia 520

Performance

Processing power and speed

Lumia 520
7.1
Lumia 620
7.7
BrowserMark

Graphics

3D and 2D graphics

Lumia 520
n.d.
Lumia 620
n.d.
AnTuTu 3D, GLBenchmark 2.5 and GLBenchmark 2.7

Battery Life

How long will the battery last

Lumia 520
5.1
Lumia 620
5.1
Talk time (3G), Talk time, Standby time (3G) and Battery capacity

Reviews

How do our trusted review sites rank these products?

Lumia 520
8.0
Lumia 620
7.9
Reviews from phonearena.com, gsmarena.com, techradar.com and pocket-lint.com

6.5

PhoneRocket Score

Performance, Graphics, Battery Life and Reviews

Lumia 520
6.5
Lumia 620
6.7

Benchmarks Real world tests of the Nokia Lumia 520

SunSpider 0.9.1 Web browser and javascript performance

Lumia 520
1,444 ms
Lumia 800
6,752 ms
Lumia 620
1,174 ms

BrowserMark How fast does the web browser load pages

Lumia 520
1,140
HTC 8S
1,661

Reviews Word on the street for the Nokia Lumia 520


8.0
Interface and functionality The Lumia 520 runs the newest Windows Phone 8 version, meaning it is decked up with live lock screens and features like Kid's Corner, but being a Nokia handset, it also offers the excellent HERE offline navigation suite for free, as well as Nokia Music and the other Lumia goodies, like the camera apps set.

8.0
It's generous, even, considering that it's an IPS display, offering nice, bright, and vibrant colours, as well as respectable viewing angles.

9.0
It's a great way of saving space and very useful for lumping similar apps, like games or email, together.

Overall

8.0 Out of 10

What People Are Saying Give it to me straight

Screen

It looks good, it's got a decent screen both in terms of size and resolution, it rarely stutters or slows down, it's great for calls and messaging, reasonable for media and okay for photos.
by TechRadar (Dec, 2014)
You'll find the settings screen in here (though like everything else it can be pinned to the start screen for easy access if you'd prefer).
by TechRadar (Dec, 2014)
In automatic mode the phone performed pretty good, with accurate color representation and enough detail in the photos.
by PhoneArena (Apr, 2013)

Camera

The Nokia Lumia 520 fares surprisingly well as far as image quality is concerned.
by GSM Arena (Apr, 2013)
The camera on the Nokia Lumia 520 is pretty basic, you get a 5MP sensor on the back, but it doesn't have any flash and there's no front facing camera at all – so video chats and self portraits are out.
by TechRadar (Dec, 2014)
The rear camera is a reasonable performer and despite not having all the bells and whistles of those Lumia handsets higher up the range.
by PocketLint (May, 2013)

Apps

Music is handled by the 'Music + Videos' app and it's a solid player.
by TechRadar (Dec, 2014)
The music player sorts your tunes by artists, albums or playlists, and you've got a pretty strong loudspeaker to enjoy them, though the sound output is flat and tinny as usual with those tiny speakers.
by PhoneArena (Apr, 2013)
That's not brilliant performance, but when used in other ways – for example phone calls, playing music, sending texts and so on, the Nokia Lumia 520 performed a lot better and unless you're watching a lot of videos you should easily get a day's use out of it.
by TechRadar (Dec, 2014)

Battery

Nokia says it's good for over 9 hours of talk time, but in mixed use, we found it struggled to get through the day, asking to be topped up early evening.
by PocketLint (May, 2013)
In fact, given that it has similar specs, a bigger screen and a better battery, you might be wondering why the Lumia 520 is considered lower-end than the 620.
by TechRadar (Dec, 2014)
If the battery doesn't live up to your expectations there is a battery saver, which prevents apps from syncing in the background.
by TechRadar (Dec, 2014)

Video

The results again are pretty good, and being limited to HD rather than full HD isn't uncommon for budget devices.
by PocketLint (May, 2013)
Bitrate is reasonable at 10.5 Mpbs and the framerate is firmly at 30 fps.
by GSM Arena (Apr, 2013)
The phone runs popular video formats like DivX/Xvid without a hitch, and at up to 1080p definitions at that.
by PhoneArena (Apr, 2013)

Specifications Full list of technical specs

screen

Type Super IPS LCD2
Size 4"
Resolution 800 x 480
Touchscreen Capacitive
Multitouch Yes
PPI 233 ppi

sensors

Has an assisted GPS Yes

music

Supports FM radio Yes

software

Operating system Windows Phone, 8.1, 8
Multitasking Yes
Adobe flash support No

connectivity

Acts as a wi-fi hotspot Yes
Supports NFC No
Bluetooth Bluetooth v4.0

form factor

Weight 124 g
Thickness 9.9 mm
Size 64 x 119.9 x 9.9 mm

hardware

Clock speed 1 GHz
Number of cores Dual core
RAM 0.5 GB
Internal storage 8 GB
Supported card formats
  1. SDXC
  2. SDHC
  3. SD

photo & video

Camera 5 MP
Resolution 5 MP
Video resolution 1280 x 720 @ 30 fps

cellular

Generation 3.5G
Networks
  1. GPRS (0.01 Mb/s)
  2. HSUPA (5.76 Mb/s)
  3. EDGE (0.38 Mb/s)
  4. HSDPA (21.1 Mb/s)
  5. UMTS (0.38 Mb/s)
  6. GSM (0.01 Mb/s)

battery

Talk time 888 min
Talk time (3G) 576 min
Standby time (3G) 21,600 min
Capacity 1,430 mA·h
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