Nokia Lumia 525 officially announced

Nokia has officially unveiled the Nokia Lumia 525, which will become its new entry-level Windows Phone 8 smartphone.

The Nokia Lumia 525 replaces the Nokia Lumia 520 in propping up the range, and its name reflects the incremental improvements found in the device itself.

As revealed in a spec leak at the beginning of November, the Nokia Lumia 525 is almost identical to the Nokia Lumia 520, both in terms of external design and internal components.

This means that it’s still one of the nicest looking – and feeling – entry level phones on the market. Not many manufacturers do cheap as well as Nokia.

It also retains those interchangeable rear covers that lent the original an extra dose of personalisation.

It’s internally that the real change has been made, though you’ll have to look quite closely. The Nokia Lumia 525 features the same 1GHz dual-core Qualcomm S4 CPU, the same 8GB of internal storage backed up by a microSD slot, and the same fleshless 5-megapixel camera as the 520.

In fact, the only real difference that we can see is that the RAM has been doubled from 512MB to 1GB. With some Windows Phone 8 apps requiring this amount to run, Nokia has essentially fixed its popular entry level phone and made it a little more future-proof.

While the device has quietly gained its own product page, it doesn’t contain any information on when the Nokia Lumia 525 will launch, or for how much. It does list a number of launch countries throughout Africa, Asia Pacific, and the Middle East, so we may have to wait a little for a European release.

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