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MWC2013: Nokia announces 4 new phones

Nokia held its Mobile World Congress press conference in Barcelona, Spain, this morning, and as expected, the company unveiled four new lower-tier devices, including new Lumia models and lower-end devices aimed at emerging markets.

Stephen Elop, chief executive of Nokia, introduced 2 Asha devices, Nokia 105, Nokia 301, and 2 Windows Phone devices, Lumia 520 and Lumia 720. The Finnish manufacturer said it wants to bring high-end innovations to more people at different price points, with the two new Lumia devices aimed at the middle and lower end of the smartphone markets.


The Nokia 105 and the Nokia 301 are both affordable candy-bar phones that have enough functions to serve as an ideal first-time phone as well as a secondary handset.

nokia105The Nokia 105 is lightweight phone with a 1.45-inch colour screen and basic functionality like FM Radio and flashlight. It also has a dust and splash-proof, pillowed keypad, making it a pretty durable piece. It also had an “amazing battery life” that could be charged just once per month. The phone will support only a single SIM card.
The phone is expected to retail for $20 in the black or cyan colours that Nokia has become so well-known for. It is due to go on sale in China, India, Indonesia, Russia and the Middle East before the end of Q1.

nokia301The more sophisticated Nokia 301 is “inspired” by the Lumia range, and runs on the Nokia Series 40 platform. It features 3.5G HSPA and a 3.2 megapixel camera with a host of options for taking and editing pictures, including a much talked about panorama feature. This handset too will have an alphanumeric keypad and has smart features too. The social connect is strong in this phone. It allows you to stream YouTube videos and Facebook, Twitter and WhatsApp are also available.
The phone will be priced a little more steeply at $80  and comes in single and dual-SIM variants. The Nokia 301 will come in a wider range of colours: cyan, yellow, magenta, black, and white. The Nokia 301 is due to go on sale in 120 countries during Q2.

nokia520The Lumia 520 fits the Nexus category of quite cheap, relatively powerful. Described by Nokia as “the most affordable Windows Phone 8 smartphone”, it brings some of the camera features found on higher-end devices such as Panorama and Cinemagraph and also includes popular Nokia services such as the HERE Suite (HERE Maps,  HERE Drive and HERE Transit).
It is slightly smaller at four inches, but also has 512MB of RAM, 8GB of of internal memory, expandable with the microSD  card slot and a 1GHz dual core Qualcomm Snapdragon processor.
The 520 is due to go on sale first in Hong Kong and Vietnam this quarter and will be followed by Europe and the US in the second quarter of the year for a price of $184.

nokia720At the top of the heap is the Lumia 720, a 4.3-inch unibody device with Nokia’s ClearBlack display technology. The smartphone is powered by a 1GHz processor, 512MB of RAM and has 8GB of storage which can be expanded via a MicroSD card slot as well as support for the Near Field Communcation (NFC). Cameras include a 6.7-megapixel rear shooter and a 2-megapixel front webcam. It’ll run Windows Phone 8.
The Nokia smartphone will roll out this quarter in Asia first, followed by the rest of the world, at an estimated price of $329 .

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