At the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, Spain, Nokia Corp. introduced two new smartphones based on Microsoft Corp.’s Windows Phone 8 operating system. The new handsets will complete the initial lineup of WP8-powered devices and will let Nokia to address different market segments with its second-generation Lumia phones.
The new Nokia Lumia 720 and 520 are based on Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 MSM 8227 system-on-chips with two Qualcomm Krait cores and Adreno 305 graphics adapter. The phones feature 4.3”/4.0” IPS LCD multi-touch displays with 800*480 resolutions, come with 512MB RAM and 8GB NAND flash storage. The new smartphones support GSM/GPRS/EDGE/HSPA/WCDMA networks, Bluetooth 3.0 and Wi-Fi 802.11a/b/g/n wireless technology and so on. The higher-end Lumia 720 even features 6.7MP camera with Carl Zeiss optics and LED flash. The exact specs are published below.
"The momentum behind Nokia is gathering pace. The launches today reflect our commitment to broadening our devices and services portfolio to meet the demands of people and businesses around the globe. By offering better experiences at a more affordable price we are reinventing the battle for affordable mobile devices, and Nokia has the building blocks to win,” said Stephen Elop, president and chief executive officer of Nokia.
The Nokia Lumia 720 comes in five colors, with an estimated starting price of €249 ($249) before taxes and subsidies. Rollout is planned to start in Hong Kong, Vietnam and Singapore in Q1 2013, before continuing into broader markets in Q2, including China as well as key markets in Europe, Asia, Africa and India.
The Nokia Lumia 520 comes in five colors, with an estimated starting price of €139 ($182), before taxes and subsidies. Roll-out is planned to begin in Q1 2013 in Hong Kong and Vietnam, before expanding broadly in Q2 to markets in Europe, Asia - including China and India - Latin America and Africa. The Nokia Lumia 520 is also planned to roll out in the United States with T-Mobile.