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Nokia Lumia 520 and Lumia 720 Unleashed: Two new affordable Windows Phone 8 smartphones

Nokia Lumia 520 and Lumia 720 Unleashed: Two new affordable Windows Phone 8 smartphones

| On 26, Feb 2013

A slew of new Windows Phone smartphones was announced by Nokia yesterday at Mobile World Congress. The Nokia Lumia 520 and Lumia 720 are now made official to complement their current line-up of WP8 smartphones. Head over the break for more details.

Nokia Lumia 620 and Lumia 820 has just recently reached our shores and while that really made us excited, these two were even more exciting. Nokia Lumia 520 is the follow-up to the 510 and the same can be said on the Nokia Lumia 720 and 710. Take a look on their features below.

Nokia Lumia 520

Nokia-Lumia-520

Just like before, the Nokia Lumia 520 closely resembles the specs of Lumia 620. There are only minor differences but the price disparity is really huge. They have the same dual-core 1Ghz Qualcomm Snadragon S4 processor, 512MB RAM, and 8GB of internal storage that can be expanded up to 64GB through a microSD card. Now regarding the differences, the Lumia 520 has a slightly larger screen of 4.0 inches and with the same WVGA resolution but without the ClearBlack technology of its more expensive siblings. Although that may seem a bit of let down, it actually isn’t when we look at the price point. And oh, it’s also an IPS display so it’ll wide viewing angles.

UPDATE: Nokia Lumia 520 is now available in the Philippines for only Php7,990!

The front-facing camera was also dropped probably because they want to make that inclusive of the bigger brothers (though 620 is smaller). Also, the 5-megapixel camera doesn’t have flash so shooting photos at night wouldn’t be too good. As for recording videos, it also has support for 720p HD quality by the 620. In terms of connectivity, the Lumia 520 lacks NFC whereas Lumia 620 was granted with it. Anyway, given its super affordable price tag of around $183, we can hardly complain. In fact, that’s really cheap for a Nokia smartphone. We’re positive about this release and we’re hoping that the Nokia Lumia 520 will hit our country for Php7,500-Php8,500 because if that happens, we might see a comeback in the making. Lumia 520 will be available next month in countries in Asia and the Europe and US availability will follow shortly.

Nokia Lumia 520 Specs

  • Windows Phone 8
  • 4-inch IPS LCD display, WVGA resolution, 235 ppi
  • 1 GHz Dual-Core Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 processor
  • Adreno 305
  • 512 MB RAM
  • 8 GB internal memory, microSD card up to 64GB
  • 5-megapixel autofocus camera, no flash
  • 720p video recording
  • HSDPA+, HSUPA
  • Wi-Fi
  • Bluetooth
  • GPS
  • Colors: Yellow, red, cyan, white and black
  • Dimensions: 119.9 x 64 x 9.9 mm
  • Weight:124g
  • Battery: 1430mAh

Take a look at the video about Nokia Lumia 520 below.

Nokia Lumia 720

Lumia 720 Philippines Price Specs

The Nokia Lumia 720 is obviously geared towards the mid-range market as suggested by Nokia’s model number system. It also has the same processor of a dual-core 1GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 CPU, 512MB RAM, and 8GB of storage which you can add 64GB more via a microSD card. These specs are quite standard for the low-end Windows Phone 8 smartphones but it’s not all about processing power in the Lumia 720 as the camera is its key strength.

UPDATE: Nokia Lumia 720 is now available in the Philippines for only Php14,590!

Nokia Lumia 720‘s main camera sports an amazing f/1.9 aperture that’s better than most high-end smartphones in the market. This larger aperture makes a camera even more powerful by letting it capture more light. Combined with the awesome Carl Zeiss optics which is usually found on flagship devices, the combo is surely a camera to watch out for. According to Nokia, the photos taken on the Lumia 720 are “clear and bright in lowlight, and dazzling in daylight”. The front-facing camera of the 720 is also something to talk about as it has wide-angle lens which lets your friends or whoever you are with, fit in the photo. On top of the awesome cameras, Nokia’s digital camera lenses such as the Cinemagraph and Smart Shoot will make it even more appealing. The Nokia Lumia 720 will be priced at around $330 or Php13,000-Php14,000. Lumia 720 will be available in Asia first while Europe will follow some time after.

Nokia Lumia 720 Specs

  • Windows Phone 8
  • 4.3-inch ClearBlack super sensitive display, WVGA, 217 ppi
  • 1 GHz Dual-Core Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 processor
  • Adreno 305
  • 512 MB RAM
  • 8 GB internal memory, microSD card up to 64GB
  • 6.7-megapixel autofocus camera, Carl Zeiss, f/1.9 aperture, and LED Flash
  • 1.3-megapixel wide-angle lens frontcamera
  • 720p HD video recording
  • Wi-Fi
  • HSDPA+, HSUPA
  • Bluetooth
  • GPS
  • microUSB v2.0
  • Wireless Charging
  • Dimensions: 127.9 x 67.5 x 9mm
  • Weight: 128g
  • Colors: Red, Yellow, Cyan, White, and  Black
  • Battery: 2000mAh

Watch the Nokia Lumia 720 video below.

Nokia has been slowly expanding their user base and it’s only a matter of time before they manage to get a good slice of the cake. Windows Phone 8 is a platform with lots of potential but the slow adoption of sought after apps made some users think twice in switching to the said OS. This bold move to further expand their reach is vital not only for Nokia but for the Windows Phone 8 platform as a whole. What do you think? Will you switch to Lumia?

  • http://twitter.com/BertongPootik Bertong Putik

    Salamat sa mga posts. I hope ma-review nu pag available na, baka Lumia 520 lang talaga ang ma-afford ko,gustong-gusto ko talagang magkaroon ng Windows Phone eh, (mas gusto ko ito kesa iOS o di kaya sa Android, ewan ko ba basta may kung ano sa Windows Phone na gusto ko talaga kahit pa di madaming masyado ang Apps…) kaya sana ma-review nu po. :D

    • L520 user

      If you don’t have the budget for 720, then 520 is suited for you. Yun nga lang, diperensya tlga sya sa battery longevity pati din sa zooming technology. Saka 4.3inch dn ung 720 e. kaso, you’d pay for about 5K more (from 520) to have that L720.

  • Vanellope

    Lumia 620 user ako, so far ok naman ang platform ng window 8 mobile. Bout sa Apps and games, yes its true na medyo limited lang ang nasa market but moving naman or parami ng parami based sa observation ko and puede ka mag request ng apps microsoft na meron sa ios or android (depende kung puede lang ha). Forget the lumia 520, and get the Lumia 720 as my advised, bigger battery, bigger screen. as of now un lang ang gusto ko sa lumia 720, compare to my Lumia 620 na 1300mah lang ang battery, well sa Lumia 720 eh 2000mah! longer talking hours, playing, surf, etc!… Planning to get 720 then bigay ko sa wife ko ung 620 ko haha.

  • maknae

    ask ko lang ilang hours chinacharge yung lumia 520 ?

    • L520 user

      3-4 hours.

  • holdon

    Im an L920 user. But i think for L520, 8k is relatively high compared to 4k cherry mobile flare with better hardware specs. But if u want to try wp8 goodness, this is the best deal you could find.

    • http://www.facebook.com/claire.p.padilla Claire Pepito Padilla

      wtf? cherry mobile flare compared to L520 bitch plsss check out the youtube hands on and please do tell about the results sheesh!

      • L520 user

        You don’t compare Nokia to Cherry Mobile. You should never! Specs of Flare better than L520? NO. Just No. I am using L520 and it provides me what i badly need. Camera. It is pretty overwhelming for a WP8 phone priced at 7400 (currently). The experience of WP8 is also another advantage. I can’t get WP8 from locally re-branded phones.

  • Joren Reis

    Balak ko talaga bumili nito ngayoon. Mukang maganda siya. :3 Magkano kaya siya ngayon? iPhone user ako before. Saka since familiar ako windows 8 and gustong gusto ko tlga siya. Hindi naman ba siya bumbagal or wat?