BARCELONA: FINNISH PHONE MAKER Nokia unveiled the Lumia 520 and 520 Windows Phone 8 smartphones at Mobile World Congress on Monday.
Nokia chief executive Stephen Elop announced the new phones, and said that the affordable devices will bring the camera, screen and design innovations originally launched on its flagship Lumia 920 to the mid to low tier markets.
"When we introduced the Lumia 920 we introduced the most innovative smartphone. People in the US, UK, Russia and of course Finland rushed to test the world's best imaging tech," said Elop.
"While some competitors have tried to replicate our tech at the top end we've expanded it. Adding it to the mid and low end. Today we are bringing elements of our Lumia handsets to our lower end devices."
The Nokia Lumia 520 is the cheapest Windows Phone 8 ever made by Nokia. The device is set to arrive in the UK in the second quarter this year and is listed as costing €139 pre-tax.
The handset features the same interchangeable cover design as the Lumia 620. Despite its moderate price the Lumia 520 has fairly decent specifications. The Nokia Lumia 520 will feature a 4in display and a dual-core 1GHz processor. The device will also come preloaded with 8GB of storage that can be upgraded to a maximum of 64GB via microSD card.
Nokia claims that its 5MP rear camera will feature the same digital camera lenses and panorama smartshoot cinemagraph shoot options as the Lumia 920.
The Lumia 720 is a mid-tier smartphone Nokia claims is bespoke engineered for non LTE markets.
The device will be released in Europe in the second quarter with an estimated price of €249. The Lumia 720 features a 4.3in Clearblack display with curved glass and custom Carl Zeiss camera optics that Nokia claims will markedly improve its low light performance.
Nokia remained tight-lipped about other Lumia 720 specifications. The only other detail we know is that the Lumia 720 will be the first ever unibody Lumia smartphone to feature expandable storage, boasting a microSD card slot.
Check back later for our hands-on looks at the Nokia Lumia 520 and Lumia 720. µ
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