MWC 2013: Nokia Lumia 720 and cheap Lumia 520 with Windows Phone 8 officially announced
Nokia has taken the wraps off of the Lumia 720 and Lumia 520 – which, as expected, are its two newest Windows Phone 8 handsets.
The Lumia 720 promises to provide “the best camera experience of any midrange smartphone” – thanks to a 6.7MP rear camera with f/1.9 aperture and Carl Zeiss optics. That aside, the handset offers a 4.3 inch IPS ClearBlack display with 800 x 480 pixels, NFC, HSDPA, 1.3MP front-facing camera, dual-core 1GHz Qualcomm processor, 512MB of RAM, 8GB of internal memory, and MicroSD card support. It weighs 128 grams, measures 127.9 mm x 67.5 x 9 mm, and comes with a 2,000 mAh battery (up to 13.5 hours of talk-time, or up to 520 hours of stand-by time).
The Nokia Lumia 720 costs €249 (before taxes and subsidies), and will be available in five color versions. Te first countries to get the smartphone will be Hong Kong, Vietnam and Singapore (before the end of March). Starting the second quarter of the year, the 720 will be released in China, India, Europe, and Africa.
Here’s a video showing off the Lumia 720:
As for the Lumia 520, this is presented as Nokia’s cheapest Windows Phone 8 device. That’s right, it’s going to be cheaper than the Lumia 620, costing only €139 (before taxes and subsidies). For that kind of money, you’ll get a 4 inch WVGA display, HSDPA, 5MP rear camera, dual-core 1GHz Qualcomm processor, 512MB of RAM, 8GB of internal memory, MicroSD card support, and a 1430 mAh battery that can last up to 9 hours in talk-time mode.
The 520 will be available starting this quarter, first in Hong Kong and Vietnam. Other Asian and European markets will get it shortly after that. The handset is also going to be launched by T-Mobile in the US.
You can see the Lumia 520 in action in the video below:
Both the Lumia 720 and Lumia 520 will have TD-SCDMA versions specifically made for China Mobile – the world’s largest mobile carrier. Nokia will probably sell millions of these. We’ll let you know when (if) sales numbers are available.