Nokia Lumia 525

Nokia Lumia 525 takes a low-key road to Windows Phone 8 (hands-on) 

 Nokia Lumia 525 
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You may be surprised, but the budget-friendly Nokia Lumia 520 is actually one of the best-selling handsets for the Windows Phone 8 platform. Leaked just a few days ago, the Lumia 525, the 520's successor, is now official. It will be available in Singapore on December 14 for S$249 (US$198), the same date as its larger, more expensive cousin, the Lumia 1520.

Design

The Lumia 525 shares the same design aesthetic as other Lumia handsets. If you like how the Lumia 1020 looks, the 525 is a smaller version, with the same bright yellow rear. Unlike the 1020, though, the 525's rear cover and 1,430mAh battery are replaceable. If you don't like yellow, there's a choice of four other cover colors you can swap in: blue, red, white, and black.
Nokia Lumia 525
A few controls sit on the right spine of the 525.
(Credit: Aloysius Low/CNET)
 
The volume rocker, power, and camera buttons are located on the left side; the Micro-USB jack is located at the bottom. It packs a 5-megapixel camera, but take note that the budget handset lacks a flash.

I wasn't too impressed with the screen, which is a 4-inch IPS display with a resolution of 800x480 pixels. I especially wasn't impressed when it was placed next to the Lumia 1520. The display appeared sunken in, and not as vibrant. That said, you can use the display with your nails or when wearing gloves.
Nokia Lumia 525
The usual Windows Phone 8 touch controls sit below the display.
(Credit: Aloysius Low/CNET)

Features

While the Lumia 525 has the same specs as the Lumia 520, Nokia has upgraded it with twice the RAM. It now has 1GB, which should help with multitasking. The smartphone comes with 8GB of onboard storage, and has a microSD card slot for expandability.
Nokia Lumia 525
The 5-megapixel camera doesn't come with a flash.
(Credit: Aloysius Low/CNET)
 
The Lumia 525 is powered by a 1GHz dual-core Qualcomm Snapdragon processor, and will launch with the Nokia Lumia Black update package, which includes the latest version of Windows Phone 8.

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