It’s time for the Mobile World Congress 2013, and that means it’s time for phone companies all over the world to converge in Barcelona and show off their latest wares. One of the more interesting press events thus far has been Nokia’s; as well as showing off a raft of Nokia accessories they announced two new Lumia smartphones. The Nokia Lumia 520 and the Nokia Lumia 720. These phones sit above and below the existing Nokia Lumia 620 and should prove to be popular phones as we continue to move into 2013. Let’s have a look at both, shall we?
Nokia Lumia 520
We’ll start with the Nokia Lumia 520. This is the weaker of the pair, offering much of the same Windows Phone 8 feature-set as the Nokia Lumia 620 but at a marginally cheaper price. The phone includes a 4″ display which is slightly larger than that on the 620, but is the same 800 x 480 resolution. The phone is powered with the same dual-core 1 GHz processor, 512 MB of RAM and 8 GB of internal storage augmented by microSD. The major difference is that the phone doesn’t include NFC and doesn’t have a front-facing camera – meaning that Skype video calling is out of the equation. The 520 also neglects to include a compass, which may make navigation a bit harder. The phone does include a slightly larger battery to power that larger screen, as well. The 520 will come in yellow, red, cyan white and black, although there’s no word on whether its removable cover will be easier to find than the Nokia Lumia 620 covers.
Nokia Lumia 720
As you’d expect, the Lumia 720 offers a few upgrades over the Lumia 620 at a slightly higher price. The phone offers a 4.3″ WVGA display, again bigger than the Lumia 620’s but at the same resolution. The phone also includes the same dual-core processor, 512 MB of RAM and 8 GB of internal storage. The big advantage is in the phone’s looks – it’s only 9 millimetres thin, making for one of the thinnest Lumias on the market and a big step above the Lumia 620. The 720 also includes the super-sensitive touch technology of the Lumia 920, allowing you to use the display even with gloves on. There’s also NFC and optional wireless charging with an add-on rear cover. Another area in which the 720 represents an upgrade is in the camera department. There’s a 1.3 megapixel camera on the front and a 6.7 megapixel f/1.9 camera on the rear. For a unibody design, it’s fairly cheap too, coming sim-free at €249.
So there you have it – two new phones from Nokia at the MWC. While I was hoping to see word of a Nokia Lumia PureView Windows Phone, you can’t have it all. What do you think of the news? Let us know in the comments below.