Earlier today, Nokia officially introduced its latest Windows Phones, the Lumia 720 and the Lumia 520. While the former is a midranger, the latter is the cheapest Windows Phone 8 handset ever launched by the Finns.
And it will soon make its way to T-Mobile in the US. That much we’ve known ever since the announcement. In fact, it’s been rumored for a while now that a low-end Nokia Lumia would be arriving at the magenta network, but it was previously known just by its codename Flame.
Now it’s official, and it’s going to be called the Lumia 521. Why TMo chose to change the name of the phone isn’t clear just yet, but maybe it just wanted to be able to claim the ‘Exclusive!’ title.
Unfortunately, aside from an official acknowledgement, the publicization of the new name, and the official image you see above, T-Mobile hasn’t shared any details about this phone. We assume it will come with the same specs that the Lumia 520 has (otherwise it would have been called something entirely different). If true, that means it should sport a 4-inch 480×800 touchscreen, a 5 MP camera, a dual-core 1 GHz processor, 512 MB of RAM, 8 GB of built-in storage, microSD card support, and a 1,430 mAh battery.
A previously leaked T-Mobile roadmap had the Lumia 521 arriving in stores on April 24. T-Mobile hasn’t said anything about that either, but Nokia mentioned that the Lumia 520 will only make it to Hong Kong and Vietnam in this quarter (which ends in March). As for pricing, expect the Lumia 521 to be at most $200 sans long term commitment requirement.
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