Nokia takes wraps off four new handsets


Manufacturer shows off two new additions to the Lumia range, as well as two handsets aimed at the low-end market

Nokia has kicked off its Mobile World Congress with the launch of four new handsets, including two new high-end additions to its Lumia range.

At a press conference in Barcelona this morning, the Finnish firm added the 720 and 520 devices. The firm also unveiled two new lower end handsets, the Nokia 105 and 301.


The 720 (pictured right)  will come in five colours and has an estimated price of around €249. It will be available in Hong Kong, Vietnam and Singapore during Q1 2013, before continuing into broader markets in Q2, including China as well as key markets in Europe, Asia, Africa and India.

It is powered by a 1GHz dual-core processor and has a 4.3-inch screen made from toughened glass. Also included is a 6.7-megapixel camera, HD video, and internal memory of 8GB that can be expanded by 64GB with a microSD card.

The 520 (pictured below) , which will also launch in five colours, will be Nokia’s “most affordable” Windows Phone 8 smartphone with an expected price tag of around €139. Roll out will mirror that of the 720.

It too is powered by a 1GHz dual-core process and has a four-inch camera. Like the Lumia 720, it comes with HD video and the same internal memory that can also be expanded by up to 64GB.


The 105 (pictured below), which runs Series 30, will be aimed at  the first-time phone buyer, priced at just €15. It features a 1.4-inch  color screen and 8MB of internal memory with basic features such as FM radio; multiple alarm clocks; speaking clock; is dust and splash-proof, pillowed key pad; and a flashlight. It has a battery life of up to 35 days.

It will be available in black and cyan. It is planned to start rolling out in Q1 2013  and is expected to be gradually expanded to go on sale in China, Egypt, India, Indonesia, Nigeria, Russia, Vietnam and other markets in Africa, Middle East, Asia-Pacific and Europe.


The 301 (pictured below), has been labelled by Nokia as its most affordable devices to offer video streaming, at €65.

It will be available in cyan, black, magenta, yellow and white and will be  rolled out in Q2 2013 and is expected to be available in more than 120 countries in Africa, Asia-Pacific, Europe, India, Middle East and Latin America.

It has a 2.4-inch screen, 3.2-megapixel camera and 64MB of internal memory that can be expanded by up to 32GB with a microSD card.


Nokia also announced it is making its HERE location suite available for non-Nokia mobiles running the Windows Phone operating system.

Nokia president and CEO Stephen Elop said: “The momentum behind Nokia is gathering pace. The launches today reflect our commitment to broadening our devices and services portfolio to meet the demands of people and businesses around the globe.

“By offering better experiences at a more affordable price we are reinventing the battle for affordable mobile devices, and Nokia has the building blocks to win.”