As of mid-April, Nokia is launching two new smartphone models: the Lumia 520 and 720 .Both are equipped with the operating system Windows Phone 8 and bring color: they are available in white, yellow, red, cyan and black. At the Mobile World Congress 2013 in Barcelona, Nokia introduced these models for the first time. With the Lumia 520, Nokia offers for the first time a smartphone with Windows Phone 8 for under 200 euros. With the Lumia 720, Nokia closes the gap between the Lumia 620 and the two top models 820 and920.
Nokia Lumia 720
The new mid-range smartphone Nokia Lumia 720 scores with two superbly equipped wide-angle cameras. The main camera with 6.7 megapixel resolution (2.992 x 2.240 pixels) has a Tessar optics from Carl Zeiss (aperture f / 1,9), BSI sensor, image stabilizer, autofocus as well as LED flash. Due to the large aperture even in low light conditions good images. The resolution of the 1.3 megapixel front camera is 1.320 x 992 pixels, with the wide-angle lens, up to four people can be photographed or filmed side by side. Both cameras record videos with HD quality (720p). The Nokia Lumia 720 also has a good design: it is only 9 mm thick, weighs a total of 128 grams and has a slightly arched monoblock housing made of grip-proof polycarbonate. The upper shells of the smartphone can be replaced.
On the other hand, the display looks worse: the 4.3-inch Gorilla glass display only works with a meager 480 x 800 pixels, but it is equipped with the Nokia technology ClearBlack.
The technology at a glance:
Processor: Dual-Core Qualcomm Snapdragon S4, 1 GHz, 512 MB of RAM
Internal memory: 8 GB, expandable with microSD card up to 64 GB, additional 7 GB SkyDrive for free
Battery: 2000 mAh, interchangeable, wireless rechargeable with optional battery cover
Interfaces: aGPS, GLONASS, USB 2.0, NFC, Bluetooth
Communication: WLAN (802.11a/b/g/n), HSPA+, WLAN hotspot
Dimensions (height x width x depth): 127 x 67.5 x 9 mm
Weight: 128 grams
Nokia Lumia 520
With the Lumia 520 Nokia serves the beginner in the Windows Phone 8 world. With the Lumia 520 you have to do without the front camera. The 5 megapixel camera (aperture f/2.4) on the back of the smartphone with autofocus and 4x zoom does not have a flash. For the fast access to the camera, however, as with the Lumia 720, a camera button on the housing side. Videos can be recorded at 720p. With the Lumia 520 you get a very well processed and beautiful case with rounded edges. The 4-inch Supersensitive touch screen, which also has only the resolution of 480 x 800 pixels, can also be operated with gloves or fingernails. The Lumia 520 is powered like the Lumia 720 by a 1 GHz Qualcomm S4 processor and 512 MB of RAM. The internal memory is 8 GB and can be extended with an optional microSD card up to 64 GB. From Microsoft there is 7 GB SkyDrive memory for free.The battery is 1,430 mAh weaker than the Lumia 720, can be synonymous, but unfortunately does not charge wirelessly.
On both devices Nokia has installed a number of additional software:
HERE Maps: free route planner from Nokia including offline maps
Photo Beamer: Direct exchange of pictures via the Nokia server
SmartShot: multiple shots with one click
Office applications: Excel, Word, PowerPoint and OneNote
Further technical data:
Communication: WLAN 802.11 b/g/n, HSPA+, WLAN hotspot
Interfaces: aGPS, GLONASS, USB 2.0, Bluetooth, no NFC
Dimensions (height x width x depth): 119.9 x 64 x 9.9 mm
Weight: 124 grams
While the Nokia Lumia 520 is already starting from 199 euros over the Cyberport-Ladentheke, you have to plan for the Lumia 720 with the better camera 369.00 euros.