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Nokia launches Windows Phone 8 Nokia Lumia 720 and Nokia Lumia 520

Finnish mobile phone manufacturer Nokia has introduced the entry-level Lumia 520 Windows Phone 8 and mid-range Lumia 720 handsets, at MWC 2013.

Omio - Nokia Lumia 720

Nokia’s Lumia 720 is for non-LTE markets and will arrive in May, with a cost of 249 Euros or around £220.

It will sit under the Lumia 820 and the 920 flagship devices, arriving with a 4.3-inch ClearBlack curved display and with a quality usually found in phones with a higher price point.

This display, as with the 520, is super sensitive – enabling it to be operated with a fingernail, and from a gloved hand.

The phone is made from a unibody design, from two pieces – and the first one (of the higher end design) with microSD card support. There will be a snap-on wireless charging case made available for the device, although it is undecided if this will be bundled with the unit in the UK (the 820 does have one included).

On-board is a 6.7-megapixel camera with a Carl Zeiss wide angle lens; a f1.9 aperture that is said to be larger than any found in almost all high-end smartphone.

It lets in more light, for clearer and bright low light pictures and sharp ones in sunlight.  The front-facing camera is a HD capable 1.3-MP version and the advanced one included by the outfit, enabling more area to be captured – thanks to its wide angle.

Omio - Nokia Lumia 520

Nokia’s Lumia 520 is its most affordable Windows Phone 8 device, arriving in Q1 and with a cost of 139 Euros or £120.

It is the replacement to the 510 that only arrived recently, with the likes of Tesco in the UK.

There is a 4-inch IPS LCD 800 x 480 2D toughened glass screen on-board, where it shares the same innards as the 720. These are a dual-core 1GHz processor, 512MB of RAM; 8GB of internal storage and support for 64GB microSD cards.

Built-in is a 5-megapixel camera and access to the digital lenses of the Lumia 920: panorama, smart shoot and cinemagraph.

This mobile has interchangeable shells, in the same way as the Lumia 620.

There are some new additions to the OS announced today, along with the news that there is more than 13,000 apps in Windows Place.

Nokia maps has been renamed 8 Here, with the inclusion of drive, city lens and transport. This will also be made available to non-Nokia devices, such as the HTC 8X and  8S and it will be coming to the Mozilla Fire Fox OS.

Also new is Nokia beamer for taking over a phone or display, for the sharing media and Place tag, for tagging and creating a postcard from a photo.

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Rob Kerr