MWC 2013: Nokia Lumia 720 hands-on preview

25 Feb 2013Last updated at 11:21 GMT
MWC 2013: Nokia Lumia 720 hands-on preview
Nokia's new affordable Lumia 720 is a feature-packed, smooth-running Windows Phone device

This morning we downed our coffee and bacon baguette in record time and raced to MWC 2013 as the doors opened to cover Nokia’s press conference and snap its new affordable Lumia smartphones, the Lumia 720 and Lumia 520. We managed to elbow our way to the demo stands to get a hands-on preview with the Lumia 720, and it certainly looks to be another classic Lumia.

 

Nokia Lumia 720 hands-on preview at MWC

 

Launching in Q2 for €249, the 4.3-inch Lumia 720 retains the classic curved body and full-glass front we saw on the Lumia 920 and Lumia 820. Thankfully the weight and size are reminiscent of the Lumia 820’s well-weighted design, rather than the Lumia 920’s bulky, incredibly hefty build. It feels great in the hand, just the right size to comfortably operate one-handed.

 

Nokia Lumia 720 hands-on preview at MWC 

 

We immediately drooled all over the colour-rich screen, which at first play seems to be just as sharp and vibrant as the Lumia 820’s. It’s a ClearBlack display, which means blacks look truly black, rather than a dark shade of grey. It also allegedly gives great visibility in the sun, and we certainly had no trouble reading text under the harsh glare of the MWC lighting.

 

Nokia Lumia 720 hands-on preview at MWC

 

It’s also a beautifully responsive touchscreen, reacting intelligently to every finger-stroke. Nokia reckons it’ll even react to fingernails, and we’ll deliberately stop chewing ours to test that out in our full review. The Lumia 720’s 1GHz dual-core processor keeps things running smoothly, so zipping around Windows Phone 8 is a satisfying experience.

 

Nokia Lumia 720 hands-on preview at MWC

 

Nokia’s excellent ‘Here’ suite of apps is present, so you get Nokia Music, Nokia Maps (now with augmented reality support, which throws places onto the screen as you wave the phone around, so you know exactly which direction to head in), Nokia Drive and Nokia Transit (for finding your way around on public transport).

 

Nokia Lumia 720 hands-on preview at MWC

 

Another highlight is the 6.7MP camera rocking a Carl Zeiss lens. The f1.9 aperture is one of the largest found on any smartphone, which means the Lumia 720 pulls in plenty of light for shots in gloomy conditions. It seemed to do an admirable job at the Nokia stand, but we’ll need to find a dingy pub to properly test this out. The front-facing camera has a wide-angle lens which makes it easier to capture group shots.

 

Nokia Lumia 720 hands-on preview at MWC

 

Rounding off the Lumia 720 features are 8GB of storage and a memory card slot, plus NFC support. You can also charge the Lumia 720 wirelessly, and Nokia launched a new wireless car dock that charges your phone as you use the Drive app.

 

Check back soon for a full Nokia Lumia 720 review!

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