Nokia’s new phones: Budget attack

Affordable Windows Phone 8 and feature phone options
Darren Allan

February 27, 2013

Nokia has unveiled a range of new phones at this week’s Mobile World Congress (MWC), the Nokia Lumia 720 and 520 smartphones, and the Nokia 301 and Nokia 105 feature phones.

Let’s start with the Windows Phone 8 handsets, which are midrange to lower end affairs, headed up by the Lumia 720 (pictured above). Nokia’s sales line for this one is that the handset “delivers a high-end camera performance at a midrange price point.”

The 6.7-megapixel camera has a large f/1.9 aperture and Carl Zeiss optics, with Nokia promising quality snaps at the relatively affordable price point of around £210.

Other specs include a 4.3 inch 800 x 480 IPS ClearBlack display, a Snapdragon S4 1GHz dual-core CPU, 8GB of storage plus a microSD slot for expansion. It’s 9mm thick, and like the famous Lumia 920, it boasts wireless charging and NFC, too.

The Lumia 520 is the place to look if you want a really budget Windows Phone 8 device, as it’s half the price of the 720, almost, and should come in around the £120 mark.

It’s slightly thicker than the 720, at 10mm, and has a 4 inch 800 x 480 IPS display, a 5-megapixel camera, 1GHz Snapdragon S4 dual-core processor, 512MB of RAM, and 8GB of storage which again can be enlarged via microSD.

For the money, it seems like a very tempting introduction to Windows Phone, and could help spur adoption (which finally seems to be happening in some sort of meaningful way) on.

Nokia hasn’t forgotten feature phones, either, and has a truly budget model in the Nokia 105.

Now this is a very basic phone with a 1.4 inch 128 x 128 display, no camera, and a simple alphanumeric keypad. But the latter is dust and splashproof, and the handset offers 35 days of standby time according to Nokia – and it’s priced at £13.

You can’t get much cheaper…

Finally, the Nokia 301 is a slightly more expensive feature phone being pitched at around the £50 mark, and it has a 2.4 inch display, and 3.2-megapixel camera.

Clearly, at MWC 2013 Nokia’s focus has been on the lower end, and we can see the company shifting a fair few of both the Nokia 105 and Lumia 520. It’s great to see options on the real low end of Windows Phone 8, that’s for sure – and that has to help in the battle against Android.


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