Following the success of its Windows phones, Finnish phone maker Nokia has launched the much awaited Lumia 525 and 1320 (phablet) at a competitive price of Rs 10,399 and Rs 23,999, respectively.
The smartphone market is abuzz as to whether these two will live up to the expectations.
However, what has drawn more eyeballs is the likeliness, similarities and differences between the siblings - Lumia 520 and 525, the latter being regarded by the company as an improvement from its initial offering.
Let's take a look at some of the specifications of both Lumia 520 and Lumia 525 to see the similarities and differences.
In terms of display, the siblings feature a 4-inch IPS LCD (480x800 pixels) with 233 ppi pixel density and a scratch-resistant glass. Moreover, they have the same dimensions of 119.9 x 64 x 9.9 mm, 75.7 cc (4.72 x 2.52 x 0.39 in) and both weigh 124 gms each. This means, there are no winners and losers in this section.
Again, no winner or loser here as the two siblings feature the same processor - 1GHz dual-core, Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 processor.
Microsoft's operating system Windows Phone 8 saw success with the Lumia series, especially with its budget smartphone Lumia 520. To continue the forward march, Nokia has come up with the latest Lumia 525.
5MP back camera with Nokia Smart Camera Cinemagraph lens, Panorama lens, Bing vision - features that both the Lumia 520 and Lumia 525 possess. What is perhaps missing is a front camera which the Finnish phone maker could have added to 525 which was missing in the 520 as well. However, the back camera can record a high definition video of 720p at 30fps.
Well! This is where the difference comes. While the Lumia 520 features 512MB RAM, Lumia 525 features 1GB RAM which, in ways, would surely make the system faster and one could work on more apps at a time. And definitely more apps...
8GB internal memory for both. Amazing, considering that these are budget smartphones. Besides, these are expandable to 64GB via microSD card. However, Microsoft is offering 20GB of free SkyDrive storage for all Lumia series phones bought before January 31.
Now, that sure is a piece of news.
Once again, this is one section where many customers decide on smartphones and the Lumia phobes are ones that usually live up to their expectations. While the Lumia 520 with a Li-Ion 1430 mAh battery gives a talktime of almost 15 hours on 2G and about 10 hours on 3G, the Lumia 525 with a 1430 mAh battery gives 17 hours talktime on 2G and about 11 hours on 3G.
Lumia 520 supports upto 60 hours of continuous music play while Lumia 525 supports about 48 hours of continuous music play.
Nokia Lumia 520 was hailed as the most affordable Windows Phone with a price tag of about Rs 10,000 on its launch and went on to win the market. Today, it is available for as low as Rs 8,400 much to the delight of the fans.
Keeping up with the competition, Nokia Lumia 525 is competitively priced at Rs 10,399 considering its excellent features.
However, at the end of the day, it is hard to draw which of the above two is a better Windows Phone of the Nokia Lumia series. While Lumia 520 has proved itself in the market (it is the most popular Windows Phone), Lumia 525 has just arrived and one has to see the verdict of the critics and fans.