T-Mobile USA, Inc. (TMUS) will launch the Nokia Corporation (ADR) (NYSE:NOK) Lumia 521 in stores on May 22nd. For those who don’t want to wait, they can stop by at Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. (NYSE:WMT) and purchase the phone for $130 which is full retail price. When the phone finally comes to T-Mobile, you can put a down payment of $30 down and $5 every month for the next two years.
The Lumia 521 features a four-inch touch screen, 5-megapixel camera, video recording capabilities of 720p HD video, and access to Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT) services as well as Nokia Corporation (NYSE:NOK) (BIT:NOK1V) (HEL:NOK1V)’s extra apps. This device also supports HSPA+ but it does not support 4G LTE.
The Lumia 521 is a good phone for those who are looking for a budget-friendly smartphone, but for those who are looking for something more advanced, they may need to look elsewhere.
T-Mobile New LTE Network Not Compatible With 521
According to Gotta Be Mobile’s Travis Pope, “As the Nokia Lumia 521 is a budget handset, it does drop some of the extra features that have defined the high-end of Nokia’s Lumia line. This device won’t ship with Nokia Corporation (NYSE:NOK) (BIT:NOK1V) (HEL:NOK1V)’s PureView camera technology –in fact the device won’t have any internal camera flash at all. That’s something that may be important to users who often take photos in places that aren’t lit well. The Lumia 521 also won’t be compatible with the faster speeds available on T-Mobile USA, Inc. (TMUS)’s new LTE network, instead users will have to contend with the slower 4G data standard.”
The Lumia 521 has many of the same features the Lumia 810 did including the dual-core Snapdragon S4 processor. One key difference is the Lumia 521 only has 8GB of storage but it does have expandable storage with a MicroSD slot.
Nokia Corporation (NYSE:NOK) (BIT:NOK1V) (HEL:NOK1V)’s lineup of Lumia phones make a terrific alternative for smartphone shoppers who are looking for lower-price alternatives, although these phones are not exactly the same quality or level of the iPhone or Samsung Galaxy.