If there are arguments to be made about the quality of the smart phones produced by Nokia Corporation (ADR) (NYSE:NOK) (BIT:NOK1V) (HEL:NOK1V) until recently, very few would argue that the build quality isn’t up to scratch. The Finnish company has been producing enduring mobile phones for a long time, but it may have outdone itself with the Lumia 520. The smartphone is apparently bulletproof.

Nokia Lumia 520

The story of a Brazilian policeman which emerged in local reports and was picked up by Stephanie Mlot over at PCmag.com, speaks to the lifesaving properties of the smart phone. According to the story, a shot previously destined for the buttock of an off-duty police officer was stopped dead in its tracks by the Lumia 520. There are pros and cons to every smart phone, but it’s unlikely the Samsung Galaxy S5 will get between you and a .22.

Brazilian police officer saved by the Lumia 520

The story is an entertaining one, though the family involved may not be as enthusiastic about the details. A police officer in Araraquara, a city in the state of São Paulo, was off duty and travelled to his parents home in order to wash his clothes. When he arrived he found his parents being held against his will by two intruders.

The two men were attempting to burglarize the couple’s house, but were surprised by the arrival of the man with the police uniform. They opened fire as the officer turned to run. The bullet destined for his posterior was completely deflected by the Lumia 520. It’s arguable whether or not the smart phone saved the man’s life, but it’s clear that it helped him avoid a perilous injury at the very least.

The phone, disappointingly, did not survive the exchange of force between it and the bullet, but the man and his family escaped the incident without injury. According to reports they got their hands on watches, jewellery, cash and mobile phones before departing the residence. The Nokia Lumia 520 was left in situ, despite its impressive ability to ward off gunshots.

Nokia Lumia 520: budet bullet shield

Nokia Corporation (ADR) (NYSE:NOK) (BIT:NOK1V) (HEL:NOK1V) and Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT), the company that operates the Lumia range right now, will probably shy away from advertising the Lumia520 as some kind of bullet shield, though the interchange certainly speaks to the quality of the phone’s build. Unfortunately for fans of premium smart phones, there is little else about the Lumia 520 that excites.

The budget smart phone features a fairly standard set of underwhelming features including a four-inch screen with a resolution of 800-by-480-pixels, a 1GHz processor, and 8GB of internal memory. It operates on Windows 8, and became available last Autumn at a price of $100. Microsoft has been successful offering a series of budget and mid-range smartphones in countries like Brazil.

Despite the lack of scintillating features, under the assumption that the Lumia 520 wouldn’t deflect bullets every time, there are probably few smart phone lovers considering the Nokia Corporation (ADR) (NYSE:NOK) (BIT:NOK1V) (HEL:NOK1V) smart phone as a replacement for their iPhone 5S. With Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT) taking control of the Lumia range, it’s also questionable whether the next releases in the series will hold up to the same kind of punishment.