Following the success of T-Mobile’s carrier-specific Lumia 710 and Lumia 810, the magenta network has announced the next phone in its Nokia Lumia line-up, the Lumia 521. The Lumia 520 was announced by Nokia at MWC in February, and is an entry-level Lumia phone. The 521 is the T-Mobile branded version of that model.
Being entry-level with a Lumia doesn’t mean it’s cheap and nasty; it has all the usual bells and whistles of Windows Phone 8 just with slightly lower-end specifications. The camera is 5MP and will shoot 720p HD video, but there is no flash unit.
T-Mobile’s press statement on the Lumia 521:
T-Mobile will partner with Nokia to bring customers the Lumia 521 – an exclusive to T-Mobile. Powered by Windows Phone 8, the Lumia 521, which will run on T-Mobile’s fast nationwide 4G network, is a perfect, everyday smartphone that will embody a range of high-end features at an affordable price.
The Nokia Lumia 521 features a super sensitive 4” touch screen, 5MP camera with auto focus and 720p HD video recording. It will also include exclusive Nokia applications such as Nokia Music, Cinemagraph, Creative Studio, Panorama, Smart Shoot and HERE Drive, Maps and Transit.
Beginning in May, the Nokia Lumia 521 will be available through Walmart, Microsoft Retail Stores and T-Mobile retail channels. Exact availability and pricing of the device will be shared at a later date.
Exciting to see T-Mobile getting more of the Nokia action in its portfolio.