After a surprise announcement yesterday that had the Lumia 521 ready for an April 27th launch on the Home Shopping Network, it’s gone live a bit early. As the below image indicates, orders are already processing with the requisite car charger and screen protector included for the $149.95 price tag.
The Lumia 521 is powered by Windows Phone 8 and features a 4″ display, 5 megapixel camera, 720p HD video and Nokia exclusive applications such as Nokia Music, Cinemagraph, Smart Shoot, HERE Drive, Maps and Transit.
Early reviews have the Lumia 521 pegged as one of the best budget devices around, held back only by some of the limitations contained within the Windows Phone 8 app store. Still, that app store is filling up every day and we’re hopeful some future smartphone owners will find the budget price of the Lumia 521 enticing enough to try.