Nokia's 520 and 720 Help Pad Out the Lumia Cornucopia On the Cheaper End of the Scale

By Kat Hannaford on at

Along with a couple of low-end phones we won't bore you about, Nokia showed off the Lumia 520 and 720 at MWC today. That smaller-numbered device is actually Nokia's cheapest Windows Phone 8 offering, with the 720 being slightly higher up on the food chain, somewhere between the 620 and 820.

The 720, above, has got a 4.3-inch WVGA screen, and inside, a 1GHz dual-core processor, 512MB of RAM, and 8GB of internal storage. Call the tabloids -- there's also a microSD card slot.

While there's a huge PureView-shaped omission from the specs sheet, Nokia has upgraded the camera tech inside the 720, with the rear-facing camera measuring 6.7-megapixels with an f2.0 aperture, and the forward-facing one clocking in at 1.3-megapixels.

No LTE, unlike the 920, so you'll have to make do with the slower data speeds, but hey, at least it's only 9mm thick, a whole 1.7mm slimmer than the flagship phone. There's also NFC, and the ability to charge wireless if you plump for one of the compatible covers.

When talking about the 520, Nokia referred to its "pillowy design," which makes it sound like a real snoozefest if I'm honest. But wait! There are exchangeable cases, in yellow, cyan, white, and red! Plus, it has the same lens technology last seen on the Lumia 920, so there's that. 5-megapixels, mind.

The display measures 4-inches, and Nokia says it's so sensitive, you can use it while wearing gloves. Not even those special kinds with the little thumb-pads. RAM is listed at 512MB, whereas storage is 8GB with a microSD card slot, just like its larger brother

The camera on the rear is 5-megapixels, whereas the forward-facing one is 0-megapixels, because Nokia forgot to put one on there. Presumably to keep costs down, and rid the world of poorly-shot selfies.

Meanwhile, the same Cinemagraph GIF-making app seen on the last batch of WP8s is going to be available on the 520, meaning even more people can not talk about that actually-quite-neat feature. Seriously, I don't think I've heard a single person talk about that app since it was announced?

On sale sometime this quarter for 249 Euros, the 720 will come in matte red, cyan, yellow and black, and one glossy white option. Meanwhile, the 520 will be 139 Euros.

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