Nokia officially announced the Lumia 520 and 720, Great phones with low prices

Nokia officially announced the Lumia 520 and 720, Great phones with low prices

Lumia 520

MWC has come and gone for Nokia, and out of the dust came two new Lumia devices, one a budget device in the 520, and one a middle class phone in the 720.

The Lumia 520 is like a scaled down Lumia 920 almost, as from the front it does look very similar in design. It’s also meant to be cheap.. very cheap coming in at $183 USD ($178 AUD), making it the cheapest Windows Phone 8 device in the market. If that’s the case, and they took a cue from the Lumia 620, then this might be the best budget phone made – period. Android phones can be had for as low as $80, however the specs that come with the phone are below par, as is the performance, so Nokia will be quite confident this will sell well in emerging markets. It’ll go on sale in Hong Kong & Singapore at the end of this quarter, followed by UK and other European markets, as well as South American and African markets (and probably other Asian markets) next quarter. It’s also one of the first Lumia phones (along with the 720) which Nokia has managed to make under 10mm in thickness, so this is a good thing for those that want cheap phones without the added bulk. We also really like the design, because there is a rare selection of cheap phones which look good, perform well, and are priced very competitively. It comes in yellow, red, cyan, white and black, with the covers being exchangeable as well.

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Oh, and did we mention it has the same super-sensitive screen found in the Lumia 920? Very cool.

As for specs:

  • Processor – Qualcomm S4 Dual-core 1 GHz
  • Display – 4-inch IPS LCD display  with WVGA (800 x 480) resolution (223 PPI)
  • RAM – 512MB
  • Storage – 8GB (Plus microSD card slot up to 64GB)
  • Camera – 5 megapixel camera with auto focus (720p HD video recording at 30fps)
  • Battery – 1,430 mAh
  • Weight – 124 grams
  • Size - 119.9 x 64 x 9.9 mm
  • OS – Windows Phone 8

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The Lumia 720 is obviously the higher version of the two, but is only considered a middle range phone. Nokia didn’t come up with any new high-end devices (a good thing in our mind, as it was much too close to the launch of the 920), but certainly stole the show with their affordable lineup, while looking good. We don’t think the 720 looks as good as the 520, but it’s still a decent looking phone. Looking similar to the Lumia 820, this particular model is priced at €249 ($320 AUD) so it’s not the cheapest, but it packs some decent specs into the phone. This model also has the same supersensitive screen found in the Lumia 920, and more recently the Lumia 520 – showing that Nokia is really starting to pay attention to customers who don’t need a high-end model, but would appreciate some of the same features. NFC is also nicely present, as is an interesting 6.7 megapixel lens with a f/1.9 aperture. That means that is has a lower aperture than the Lumia 920 (f/2.0), which will bode nicely for low light photos, but don’t expect to see the same results as on the 920, as pureview is absent here.

It’s also the thinnest Lumia model ever, coming in at just 9mm (thinner than the iPhone 4S).

For some specs:

  • Processor – Qualcomm S4 Dual-core 1 GHz
  • Display – 4.3-inch ClearBlack LCD display  with WVGA (800 x 480) resolution (217 PPI)
  • RAM – 512MB
  • Storage – 8GB (Plus microSD card slot up to 64GB)
  • Camera – 6.7 megapixel Carl Zeiss lens with auto focus, BSI,  720p HD video recording at 30fps + 2 HAAC (high-amplitude audio capture) mics, HD Voice (wideband audio, noise cancellation)
  • Battery – 2,000 mAh
  • Weight – 128 grams
  • Size - 127.9 x 67.5 x 9 mm
  • OS – Windows Phone 8

The Lumia 720 should be available in Red, Yellow, Cyan, Black & White and should be rolling out in China and Europe from March onwards.

Source: Lumia 520, Lumia 720


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