Nokia Lumia 720 and 520 announced at MWC, bring Windows Phone 8 goodness at lower price points

As expected Nokia has announced the Lumia 720 and Lumia 520 Windows Phone 8 smartphones at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona. The main intention of these devices is to bring Nokia’s high-end Windows Phone 8 expereinces to emerging markets at lower price points. Nokia also has managed to pack a lot of the innovations it heralded with the likes of the Lumia 920 and Lumia 820 in both these devices with the difference being lower price points and slightly toned down specs.

The Lumia 720 for starters has a 1GHz dual-core processor, 512MB of RAM, a 4.3-inch WVGA display, and 8GB of internal storage. At 9mm it’s also one of the slimmest Lumia smartphones Nokia has made and it drops LTE support as it targets emerging markets like India. Nokia has again innovated on the imaging front has it has a 6.7-megapixel camera with a f/1.9 aperture that Nokia say will deliver brilliant low-light performance. Even on the front camera Nokia delivers a 1.3-megapixel snapper with a wide angle lens similar to what HTC offers with the Windows Phone 8X.  It will have built-in NFC and microSD card support. Additionally users will be able to add a wireless charging plate to the back cover. It will be available in Red, Yellow, Cyan and Black.

The Lumia 520 further lowers the entry point to Windows Phone 8 from the Lumia 620. It has a 4-inch WVGA LCD display, 512MB of RAM, 8GB of internal storage, a  microSD card slot, a 5-megapixel camera, and super-sensitive touch. Essentially, its an upgarded version of the Lumia 510, but there is no NFC so that means it will not support the ‘Wallet’ feature in Windows Phone 8.

The Lumia 720 will have a starting price of $341, while the Lumia 520 will cost $183. Both devices will be launched later this quarter in China and Asia Pacific region.