Nokia started Mobile World Event with the announcement of the mid-range Windows Phone 8 smartphones. The Lumia 720 is a 4.3-inch smartphone with sleek and stylish Lumia design. It features ClearBlack LCD with 800 x 480 pixels resolution. It also packs a dual-core 1.0 GHz Snapdragon CPU, 512MB RAM, a 2,000 mAh battery.
In terms of connectivity, the smartphone has NFC, A-GPS+GLONASS, WLAN (2.4/5 Ghz) a/b/g/n, µUSB and Bluetooth 3.0 with an option for wireless charging. There is a 6.7-megapixel rear-facing camera and a 1.3-megapixel wide-angle front-facing camera.
If Lumia 720 is too much for you, there is a cheaper version. The Lumia 520 is a 4.0-inch device, powered with the same 1.0 GHz Snapdragon CPU, 512MB RAM and a slightly weaker 1,430 mAh battery. There is a 5-megapixel rear-facing camera which is capable of 720p video recording.
The smartphone will be available in 5 different colors: cyan, yellow, red, black and white. The Lumia 520 supports WLAN IEEE802.11 b/g/n, Bluetooth 3.0, Integrated aGPS, but there is no support for wireless charging.
Both devices should bring Windows Phone 8 experience at an affordable price. The Lumia 720 should be available for the amount of $330 while Lumia 520 will cost you $180. Roll-out is planned to begin in Q1 2013.
Nokia Lumia 720 and Nokia Lumia 520 expand Nokia's Windows Phone 8 portfolio
The Nokia Lumia 720 delivers a high end camera performance at a mid-range price point. A large f/1.9 aperture and exclusive Carl Zeiss optics are designed to deliver bright, clear pictures day and night, while the HD-quality, wide-angle front-facing camera makes taking pictures with friends and video calling more enjoyable. The sleek and stylish smartphone comes with the latest high-end Nokia Lumia experiences, including Nokia Music, the HERE location suite, and the option to add wireless charging with a snap-on wireless charging cover.
The Nokia Lumia 720 comes in five colors, with an estimated starting price of EUR 249 before taxes and subsidies. Rollout is planned to start in Hong Kong, Vietnam and Singapore in Q1 2013, before continuing into broader markets in Q2, including China as well as key markets in Europe, Asia, Africa and India.
The Nokia Lumia 520 is Nokia's most affordable Windows Phone 8 smartphone, delivering experiences normally only found in high-end smartphones, such as the same digital camera lenses found on the flagship Nokia Lumia 920, Nokia Music for free music out of the box and even offline, and the HERE location suite. A four inch super sensitive touchscreen makes for a more responsive and immersive content experience than can usually be found at this price.
The Nokia Lumia 520 comes in five colors, with an estimated starting price of EUR 139, before taxes and subsidies. Roll-out is planned to begin in Q1 2013 in Hong Kong and Vietnam, before expanding broadly in Q2 to markets in Europe, Asia - including China and India - Latin America and Africa. The Nokia Lumia 520 is also planned to roll out in the United States with T-Mobile.
Nokia also announced that following the launch of the Nokia Lumia 920T by China Mobile last year, the world's biggest mobile operator would bring the Nokia Lumia 720 and the Nokia Lumia 520 to China. Further details on exact availability will be announced in due course.
Nokia's official blog, Nokia Conversations, has additional information on the Nokia Lumia 720 and the Nokia Lumia 520.