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MWC 2013: Nokia announces new Lumia 520 and Lumia 720 Windows Phones

The rumours were true; Nokia did have a few new Windows Phones up its sleeve. The Finnish manufacturer has just revealed the new Lumia 520 and Lumia 720 phones with Windows Phone 8 on board, designed to replace the Lumia 510 and 710 from last year.

Starting with the Lumia 720 (pictured above), we have a new device that sits between the impressive Lumia 620 and the mid to high-end Lumia 820. It features a 4.3-inch IPS ClearBlack display with a resolution of 800 x 480, a 1GHz dual-core Qualcomm processor, 512MB of RAM, 8GB of internal memory and a micro SD card slot for expansion.

Nokia is touting the Lumia 720 as an affordable handset designed for those who still want a great camera. The company says that the phone offers “the best camera experience of any midrange smartphone”, with a 6.7 megapixel rear camera that features Carl Zeiss optics and an impressive f/1.9 aperture. Up front is a 1.3 megapixel camera for video calling and self-shots.

Connectivity comes in the form of Wi-Fi, NFC, Bluetooth, GPS and HSDPA but no 4G, with the familiar Lumia design lending to a slender 9mm thin body. The Lumia 720 will launch in five different colours in Europe between April and June, priced at around £250/€249.

The Lumia 520 enters Nokia’s Windows Phone range as the new budget device, offering the lowest price out of the lot. Priced at around £150 it’s going to be the Windows Phone to tempt those on pay as you go, with Nokia’s friendly design and colourful shells – again, 5 different colours are on offer.

For your money you’ll get a 4-inch touchscreen display with an 800 x 480 resolution, dual-core 1GHz Qualcomm processor, 512MB of RAM, 8GB of internal storage, 5 megapixel camera, micro SD card slot and a 1,430 mAh battery that will give you 9 hours of talk time.

The Lumia 520 will launch between April and June in Europe, arriving first in Hong Kong and Vietnam before going worldwide.