At Mobile World Congress yesterday, Nokia announced a pair of new smartphones, the Lumia 520 and Lumia 720, both of which fit into its mid-range and offer 3G connectivity and cool software features instead of 4G and high-end hardware.
Both phones have that familiar Nokia Lumia look, with brightly coloured rear covers and a large, ClearBlack touchscreen – it’s now a tried and tested design, but it’s still one which works as the two devices look great. Starting with the Lumia 520, which will be the most affordable of the two, it has a 4-inch display with a 480 x 800 pixel resolution, wrapped up in a 9.9mm thick chassis which weighs 124 grams.
It’s powered by a 1GHz dual-core Snapdragon S4 processor, with 512MB of RAM and 8GB of internal memory. There’s a microSD card slot to add another 64GB to this figure, which is a welcome addition on a more basic phone. It lacks NFC and wireless charging though.
On to the Lumia 720 (which is pictured above), it’s a little thinner at 9mm, but a little heavier at 128 grams. The display has the same 480 x 800 pixel resolution, but measures 4.3-inches, plus it also has a 1GHz, dual-core Snapdragon processor, 512MB of RAM and 8GB of memory. NFC and wireless charging are onboard this time too.
Nokia pushed the camera technology on both these new Lumia phones, particularly on the 6.7 megapixel camera fitted to the Lumia 720, as it comes with several cool software features, including one which lets you animate still pictures and another which adds filters to enhance facial features, such as whitening teeth and making eyes wider. The Lumia 520 has a 5 megapixel camera.
Both phones are expected to go on sale very soon, with precise availability and pricing to be announced soon.