Nokia readying Lumia 525 budget handset

Nokia is laying the groundwork for its next smartphone with the Lumia 525 set to assume the baton as the company’s most affordable Windows Phone.

Baidu reports that the Lumia 520 successor will ship with almost identical specs to its predecessor with the biggest change seeing the RAM doubled to 1GB and the device shipping with a Bluetooth headset.

The Lumia 525 weighs 124g and its dimensions are 119.9 x 64.0 x 9.9 mm – both exactly the same as the Lumia 520. Inside the case there is a Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 dual-core processor clocked at 1GHz, a 4in 800 x 480 IPS display, 5-megapixel camera, 8GB of onboard storage, a 1430mAh battery and a microSD card slot that allows expansion up to 64GB.

The Bluetooth headset mentioned earlier is part of the Nokia Guru range and it’s rumoured that this, and the uplift in RAM from 512MB to 1GB, will see the device aimed at music fans.

There are no details yet on pricing or a release date for the new smartphone and if the previous handset is anything to go by it will set buyers back around £150 for a SIM free version.

The Lumia 525 will be one of the first devices manufactured since Microsoft agreed a deal to acquire the Finnish company’s handset division and license its patents for 10 years back in September.

Microsoft’s takeover came just months after Nokia VP Bryan Biniak had urged the company to do more to try and break up the duopoly on smartphones held by Android and iOS. His main disappointment was the small number of apps available on Windows Phone devices and Microsoft has already started to address this with Instagram set to arrive on the mobile OS in the coming weeks.

Nokia’s Lumia devices are one of the main reasons that Windows Phone has moved into third place worldwide behind iOS and Android, with the OS now accounting for one in 10 smartphone sales in Europe, according to Kantar Worldpanel Com Tech.