The Nokia Lumia 520 is now available to Canadians across three carriers, including Rogers, Koodo and TELUS.

The Windows Phone 8 handset offers free navigation and sports the same digital lenses on its 5-megapixel autofocus camera that users enjoy on the flagship Nokia Lumia 920. For example, the Cinemagraph lens adds simple animations to still photographs, while Smart Shoot creates a single, perfect shot from multiple images, even removing unwanted objects from the picture. Also, the Panorama lens helps capture super-wide-angled photos.

The 1 GHz dual-core SnapDragon S4 processor speeds up tasks considerably while the 8GB internal memory offers sufficient storage, and if you need more it supports micro SD cards up to 64GB. Many will enjoy the sensitive 4-inch touchscreen, which if necessary, allows you to use the phone with gloves on or with your fingernails.

"By offering better experiences at a more affordable price, the Nokia Lumia 520 is a perfect phone for Canadians wanting a taste of some of that high-end innovation that Nokia is known for without the high price tag," said Matt Rothschild, Vice President, Nokia North America.

Rothschild adds that the smartphone also provides free access to the world's best maps and location experiences, including HERE Maps, HERE Drive and HERE Transport. These applications offer extensive mapping services such as search, satellite, journey planner for public transit and downloadable maps for offline use.

The Nokia Lumia 520 is available today at Rogers for $199.99 outright, or free with a 3-year contract. Koodo will be selling the smartphones for $150 starting on May 9th or at no cost with select plans, and you may pick one up at TELUS on May 17th, available in black, for $149 with pre-paid plans.

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