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Nokia Lumia 525 launched as successor to the best budget Windows Phone

Nokia has announced a successor to its affordable and successful Lumia 520, the Lumia 525.

As it has done with most of the other models in its range, the company has taken an original model, bumped up the specs and added a ‘5’ to the end, so now we have the Lumia 525, Lumia 625 and Lumia 925, all running Windows Phone 8.

The Lumia 525 will be the cheapest model in Nokia’s range of Windows Phones, offering a 4-inch IPS LCD touchscreen with a resolution of 800 x 480, which makes for a decent 235 pixels per inch. Nokia has also brought its “super sensitive” technology to the budget phone, meaning that as temperatures plummet towards Winter we won’t have to take our gloves off to use the touchscreen.

Under that screen beats a dual-core Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 processor clocked at 1GHz, coupled with 1GB of RAM, a pairing which won’t be tearing apart the latest graphically intense games but should see the phone multitask graciously and without struggle. There’s also 8GB of internal storage offered, plus a micro SD card for expansion up to 64GB – something Windows Phone was missing for some time but has thankfully now adopted – and there’s also 7GB of free SkyDrive cloud storage space on offer from Microsoft to boot.

See also: Nokia Lumia 1520 available from December 6th

Nokia has plumped for a 5 megapixel camera on the back alongside a flash module, though unfortunately this won’t be a phone suited to video calling and selfies as there’s no front facing camera.

On the plus side, the phone features Bluetooth 4.0 LE and so is optimised for use with the latest range of health monitors, smart watches and other smart wearables. There’s also HSDPA and Wi-Fi data connectivity, GPS and a 1,430 mAh battery which Nokia says will see you through 10.6 hours of talktime on 3G.

Nokia will have the Lumia 525 in its usual array of funky colours including red, white and yellow, with the Africa, Asia Pacific and Middle East regions being treated to the new phone first. Nokia is yet to reveal a price and we’re still waiting to find out if UK and European customers will get a chance to buy one at some point.

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