At the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona we witnessed the launch of the latest phones from Nokia: Lumia 720 & Lumia 520, as well as the cheaper Nokia 301 and Nokia 105. What makes the Lumia 520 and 720 so special is the attractive pricepoint. And today, the Indian market has welcomed these two new Windows Phone 8 handsets from Nokia. We currently know only the price for Lumia 520, which is Nokia’s cheapest Windows Phone device yet – Rs. 10499 (around $194). The price for Lumia 720 should be around Rs. 20000 (around $380).
These are almost the same prices which were announced at the event in Barcelona. Nokia Lumia 520 will be available one week from now, while the Lumia 720 should enter the market in the middle of April. If you wish, you can already pre-order your Lumia 520 on Flipkart. One awesome feature that will be appreciated by all kinds of consumers is the diversity of colors that the phones come with. Besides the usual black and white, consumers can get their hands on a shiny Lumia in the following colors: yellow, red, cyan. Yes, we know how much you love the yellow one.
The low-range and middle-range segments of Indian mobile market are getting more crowded every day. Just recently we saw the launch of the Xolo X1000, a “home-made” smartphone with appealing features, and a design quite similar to the Nexus 4, and an impressive Micromax Canvas HD few weeks before that. Nokia’s bet on the Indian market isn’t relying only on the power of its brand. If you take a close look at what these phones come with, you realize that they actually represent a good deal for that money. Let us remind you once more with what “equipment” they come with. If you’re looking for a more visual interaction with these devices, then check out our hands-on videos with the Lumia 520 and the 720.
Nokia Lumia 520 Specifications and Features
- 4-inch WVGA display
- Snapdragon S4 dual-core 1 GHz processor (Qualcomm Krait)
- 512MB RAM, 8GB internal storage expandable up to 64GB via microSD card
- 5-MP rear camera
- Bluetooth 3.0, Wi-Fi, 3G
- 1420mAH battery
- 124 grams
You should pay special attention to some interesting features found in the 520, as well as in the 720. The camera and its functionality are very rich with the Lumia 520, offering a huge list of options, out of which we are going to enlist only a few: Cinemagraph, Smart Shoot, Panorama, Auto Focus, Touch Focus, Smart Shoot Lens. But if you’ve recently played around with a Lumia phone, you know what I’m talking about here. The hardware in this device is pretty decent if not, actually good for what you’re paying.
But Nokia didn’t stop here and they endowed the Lumia 520 with some more special features – Wi-Fi Security, Lync, Lost Device Tracking, Browser Integrated Anti-phishing, Device Lock, Device Passcode, Online Back Up and Restore, Free Cloud Storage: 7 GB, Text-to-speech Message Reader. Business and regular people will find all of this very useful, no doubt.
Nokia Lumia 720 Specifications and Features
- 4.3-inch IPS ClearBlack display
- Snapdragon S4 dual-core 1 GHz processor
- 512MB RAM
- 8GB internal storage expandable up to 64GB via microSD card
- 6.7-MP rear camera, 1.3-MP front camera
- Bluetooth 3.0, NFC, Wi-Fi, 3G
- 2000mAH battery
- 128 grams
With a price that’s almost twice as big as the Lumia 520’s, the 720 needs to have some features that will prove that it’s worth the money. We won’t go again over the special camera features, so you can see that it has a Carl Zeiss 6.7-MP sensor, an unusual choice, numbers-wise, but one that offers crisp quality in return. We can see that it has a bigger display than the Lumia 520, and while the internal storage and processing power is all the same, the 720 has a much, much bigger battery which will deliver more hours of life.
Also, let’s not forget about Nokia Music, the HERE location suite, and also the highly useful option off adding wireless charging capability to the device. And if you accidentally drop it on the floor, Corning Gorilla Glass 2 should be able to help you preserve your phone intact. Also, you’ll be able to type on the screen with your nail or with your gloves on. Here’s what Nikki Barton, VP of Smart Devices at Nokia said about the launch:
For the third generation of the Lumia range we wanted to combine something super slim and striking but still with great functionality. The Nokia Lumia 720 and Lumia 520 redefine the concept of human design where innovation is all about offering beautiful essentials to make the everyday things we do, even better.
These power-packed devices are developed for young and socially active consumers who demand a stylish power-packed smartphone with a wide range of features to enhance their on-the-go experience. With the Nokia Lumia 720 and Lumia 520, we continue our focused and consistent design approach – Simplicity and Reduction, Color and Craft.”