Even with the highly anticipated Lumia 1320, 1520 and 2520 going official a couple of weeks ago, there’s no shortage of speculation concerning upcoming Nokia devices. In fact, we’re facing a genuine rumor overload… again, this time starring the Lumia 525, 929 and “Illusionist”.
Of the three, chances are the Lumia 525 will make the biggest impact on the mobile landscape as a whole, considering the attraction of the masses towards low-priced, low-end devices with Windows Phone 8.
And if you thought the Lumia 520 offered fantastic value for money, wait until you hear what the 525 brings to the table. Or at least what a Chinese tipster claims the 525 will pack. Namely, the same exact 4-inch IPS LCD screen with 800 x 480 pixels resolution and 233 ppi pixel density as the 520, but, get this, twice the RAM and a far superior processor.
Okay, maybe not a far superior processor, as both Lumia 520’s Snapdragon S4 Plus and 525’s purported S400 are clocked at 1 GHz, rock dual cores and are paired with Adreno 305 GPUs, but zippier nevertheless.
Besides, the 1 GB RAM is bound to make the forthcoming Lumia fly, regardless of the CPU’s power.
Most of the other features replicate to the letter how the 520 rolls, including the 5 MP rear cam with autofocus, pre-loaded Windows Phone 8 (no GDR3 here either), 8 GB of built-in storage, microSD support, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.0, GPS and 1,430 mAh battery.
Even the dimensions and weight are identical, at 119.9 x 64 x 9.9 mm and 124 grams, so there will likely be no way whatsoever to tell the two apart until putting the SoC and RAM to the test.
Yet there’s one more thing to tip the balance in Lumia 525’s favor in a virtual face-off with its forerunner. Apparently, the late 2013 4-incher will make room in its shipping box for one of those snazzy-looking “Guru” Bluetooth headsets.
No idea how that is supposed to impact pricing, so fingers crossed for Nokia to keep the bar as low as possible for the music-centric “ensemble”.