Nokia Lumia 520 Wins Global Award For Best 'Low-Cost' Smartphone

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By Jenille Cristy Maido | February 28, 2014 6:55 PM EST

Nokia may not be the most popular phone brand in the market with iPhone's and Samsung's continuous battle on top of the most bought list. But this time, Nokia steals the spotlight by snatching an award as the best low-cost smartphone at the 2014 Global Mobile Awards for Nokia Lumia 520.

In the Global Mobile Awards 2014 Web site, judges said Nokia Lumia 520 is "A smartphone that hasn't compromised on quality - a trailblazer for Nokia's low-cost efforts."

There are many categories with other popular phone brands winning an award like Nokia Lumia 520 which made a headline after winning in a category with the buying public. The handset has been also noted for being a best-selling Windows Phone, according to WinBeta.

The news of the award made positive remarks from the phone users who are not planning to upgrade yet.

Nokia Lumia 520 specifications include a 4-inch 480 x 800 pixel display, Microsoft Windows 8 Operating System upgradable to WP8 Black, 1.2 GHz dual core processor and 8 GB internal memory, which can be expanded up to 64 GB with Micro SD card. The 5 MP camera is pretty decent with Nokia's exclusive digital lenses. The handset also gets a plus for its super-sensitive touchscreen that even works for people wearing gloves.

In light with the Lumia 520's win, the device has also been accounted for being the most popular Windows phone. A data from AdDuplex on Feb. 18 showed the dominance of Nokia in the Windows Phone market. Currently, the brand holds 92.6 percent of the market share alongside HTC with 5.1 percent, Samsung with 1.4 percent, and Huawei with 0.9 percent, respectively, in a WinBeta report.

Aside from the best low-cost smartphone, Nokia also managed to win in the Best Feature Phone category for Nokia 105.

"Outstanding value for money, with impressive durability and battery life, this is driving mobile penetration into further markets," judges commented.

Nokia 1020 vie for the "Best Smartphone" award, but lost to HTC One. The latter bagged the crown for best smartphone of the year.

In Australia, Nokia Lumia 520 holds a price tag of AU$179.95.

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