Tuesday, February 26, 2013

MWC 2013: Nokia announces Lumia 720 and 520

Nokia's Lumia range is considered to be the most successful of all Windows Phone based smartphones. At this year's MWC, some really nice devices have been unveiled. Samsung was still missing out but then it sent out invites to its March 14 event to launch Samsung Galaxy SIV. Now, its Nokia's turn. Nokia has just added two other members, Lumia 720 and Lumia 520, to its very successful Windows Phone based series.

Nokia Lumia 720

The Nokia Lumia 720 is a mid-range addition to the Lumia range. It runs on a 1.5 GHz dual core Krait processor coupled with 512 MB of RAM and a 4.3" WVGA (800 X 480) ClearBlack super-sensitive which means it can work with nails, gloves etc. It comes with NFC and a 200 mAh battery. Being only 9mm thick and weighing at 128 gm, it definitely comes in smaller and lighter package then the company flagship, Nokia Lumia 920.

This Lumia comes with 8 gigs of storage space on board which is expendable to 64GB through the provided micro SD card slot and it comes with wireless charging activated. It has a 6.7 MP (odd!) camera with a bright f/1.9" aperture and Carl Zeiss Optics.

Nokia Lumia 720 is made of plastic body and comes in various colors as is the fashion in Lumia range.

There is a catch in the availability. The device will only launch in Asia (TD-SCDMA version for China) and in selected European countries this quarter for a price of €249 (around 330$). Since it lacks LTE, Nokia, probably, has made the right decision of skipping US for this phone.

Nokia Lumia 520

The lesser of the two newly launched phones comes equipped with a 1 GHz dual core processor and 512 MB RAM. It has a 4" WVGA IPS LCD panel with super sensitive touch like its 720 sibling.

Nokia Lumia 520 is a light phone weighing at 124gm and not that thick phone for its category at 9.9mm. It comes equipped with a 5 MP camera which can do 720p video capture.

Similar to Nokia Lumia 720, this one also will have availability only in Asia and selected European countries but with an exception of being available on T-Mobile as wll.. Lumia 520 is supposed to go on sale in China for about $183 this quarter and then it will hit rest of the regions.

Nokia has been trying quite hard to give Microsoft's Windows Phone OS a breath of life and so far it has been successful to an extent. It is going to be interesting to see these two phones help it in its mission.


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