The Nokia Lumia 521 has been announced for the US and it will be up for sale via T-Mobile ahead of the previously designated launch date with a $149.95 price tag. The device will be up for purchase starting tomorrow through HSN which will announce the availability during its bi-annual innovation weekend.
The Lumia 521 is an exclusive variant of the 520 for the carrier. It was unveiled back in February during the MWC and earlier this month, an estimated launch was disclosed for May. In spite of being an entry-level option in the company’s WP8 lineup, the device comes with a host of technologies that are found in higher-end versions. They include super-sensitive touch which allows users to operate the 4-inch 235ppi IPS display with their finger nails and even while wearing gloves.
Measuring 9.9mm thick, a dual core Snapdragon processor operating at 1GHz has been squeezed in along with 512MB of RAM and 8GB of storage. To top it off, there’s 7GB of free could hoarding space and a microSD card slot which supports up to 32GB. The rears shows off a 5MP camera that can record videos in 720p HD.
Tucked away on the inside is a Li-ion battery with a capacity of 1430mAh which according to the company, is capable of delivering approximately 9.6 hours of talktime or 360 hours of standby over 3G. Additionally, users can expect around 6.7 hours of web browsing over cellular data or 61 hours of music playback.
The Nokia Lumia 521 can be bought from HSN.com or HSN Mobile starting tomorrow and it comes bundled with a car charger as well as screen protector. Additionally, potential buyers will get free shipping and a flex pay option with every purchase. The device’s in-store release date is planned through Microsoft stores and Walmart. With the latter, customers will be able to avail of the exclusive $30 per month T-Mobile no-contract plan that tags along unlimited web browsing and texts.
Here are the specifications at a glance:
– OS: Windows Phone 8
– Chipset: 1GHz dual core Snapdragon S4
– Screen: 4-inch super-sensitive touch IPS display
– Resolution: WVGA (800 x 480)
– Connectivity: Bluetooth 3.0, Wi-Fi IEEE 802.11 b/g/n, HSPA+ 21.1Mbps, A-GPS, GLONAAS
– Storage: 8GB internal, 64GB expandable
– RAM: 512MB
– Dimensions: 119.9mm x 64mm x 9.9mm
– Weight: 124 grams