MWC 2013: Nokia launches 'affordable' Lumia 720 and Lumia 520

These were rumoured over the weekend, but before we had chance to mention them, the Nokia Lumia 720 and Lumia 520 made official appearances at MWC.

Both are described as being able to 'deliver high-end Lumia innovation to more affordable price points'. That does mean scaling down on some of the hardware, but if price has put you off dipping your toe into this particular water, they might still be worth checking out.

Getting down to specifics, the Lumia 520 has a 4-inch display, a 1GHz dual-core processor, 512MB RAM, a 5-megapixel autofocus camera with 720p HD video recording, 8GB of storage and the option of topping up that storage to 64GB via micro SD card. It also has Nokia Music for free out of the box, along with the Here location suite.

The Lumia 710 is a slight step up the ladder, this one offering a 4.3-inch display, 1GHz dual-core processor, 512MB RAM, 8GB of storage, that memory card slot and a 6.7-megapixel camera with a f1.9 Carl Zeiss lens, BSI, Auto-Focus, LED flash, and HD 720p video shooting. There's also a secondary 1.3-megapixel camera for all your networking and Skype needs.

Nokia adds that this also includes Nokia Music and the Here location suite, as well as the option to add wireless charging with a snap-on wireless charging cover.

The Nokia Lumia 520 comes in five colours, with an estimated starting price of €139. It should hit Europe in the summer. The Nokia Lumia 720 is also available in five colours, likely to sell SIM-free from €249 and also hitting shelves in the summer.

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