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Nokia announces four new smartphones at MWC

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Nokia has announced four new phones at the Mobile World Congress. The Finnish mobile manufacturer is aiming its Lumia line of Windows 8 smartphones at a broader audience by releasing two more affordable phones in the Lumia family: the Lumia 720 and Lumia 520. Nokia has also released two non-smartphones that it claims are durable and high quality: the Lumia-inspired Nokia 310 and the low-priced Nokia 105.

The Lumia 720 has a 6.7 megapixel camera with LED flash. 

The Lumia 720

The most high-end of the phones announced by Nokia today, the Lumia 720, seems to the global answer to last year’s 710 model that was released in Brazil, the U.S. and some Asian and European markets. The Lumia 720 will start its release in Hong Kong, Vietnam and Singapore priced at $249 (EUR) before continuing onto broader markets in China, Europe and India in Q2. The announcement made no mention of when or if the phone will hit U.S. stores. The Lumia 720 has an f/1.9 Carl Zeiss lens and a 6.7MP sensor.

Lumia 720 headline specs:

  • Snapdragon S4 dual-core 1.0 GHz processor
  • Windows Phone 8 operating system
  • 8 GB storage with microSD Card Slot
  • 9mm slim
  • 4.3-inch display 
  • Second-generation Corning® Gorilla® Glass 
  • 2000 mAh battery
  • 6.7 MP BSI rear camera with Carl Zeiss lens and LED flash
  • 1.3 MP front-facing camera
  • Available in white, red, yellow, cyan and black
The low-priced Lumia 520 has a 5MP camera.

Lumia 520

The Lumia 520 is Nokia’s most affordable Windows Phone 8 device to date. Projected to cost $139 (EUR) at its release later this year, the Lumia 520 has a 5MP camera compatible with the Windows Phone 8’s lens software system. The Lumia 520 does not have a flash or a front-facing camera. 

Lumia 520 headline specs:

  • Snapdragon S4 dual-core 1.0 GHz processor
  • Windows Phone 8 operating system
  • 8 GB storage with microSD Card Slot
  • 9.9mm volume thickness
  • 4-inch display 
  • 1430 mAh battery
  • 5 MP camera 
  • Available in white, red, yellow, cyan and black
The "Lumia-inspired" Nokia 301 has panorama and self-shot assistance.

Nokia 301 & Nokia 105

The Nokia 301 offers some high-tech photographic features for a 3.2MP camera phone priced at $65 (EUR). A self-portrait feature uses audio to tell you how to position the phone so your face is properly in the frame. It also has a panorama feature that allows users to combine 3-5 images to create a sweeping photograph.

For folks looking for a simple, durable phone, the new Nokia 105 looks to meet all the basic needs of mobile phone users. On top of its outrageous 35-day standby battery life, the Nokia 105 has all the basics to make the mobile minimalist happy: FM radio, flashlight and color screen. It does not have a camera.

What the Nokia 105 lacks in camera hardware it makes up for in battery life.

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