MWC 2013: Hands on with the Nokia Lumia 720

The Lumia 720 is a stylish phone that lands firmly in the middle of Nokia’s smartphone lineup.  It’s not as souped up as the Lumia 920, but it is a nice jump from the entry-level Nokia 520. In producing the affordable Lumia 720, Nokia focused on the camera and the colorful, sleek design.

The Lumia 720 is a looker with the typical boxy and colorful styling of Nokia’s Lumia phones. The handset boasts of a 4.3”, 800×480, ClearBlack, curved glass display with Nokia’s Super Sensitive Touch that lets you use your phone with gloves. Its chassis is sized just right for a smartphone. Internally, the Lumia 720 is powered by a dual-core 1.0 GHz processor and 512MB of RAM. Performance wasn’t sluggish, but on paper the specs look weak compared to powerhouses like the Optimus G Pro from LG.

On the back of the phone is a 6.7-megapixel shooter with a Carl Zeiss lens, LED flash, and HD 720p recording at 30 fps. It’s not a PureView phone, but the photos from the Zeiss shooter are decent. The front is 90 percent display with on-screen buttons. The phone is thin but there is still room on the sides to house the volume rocker, the power button and a dedicated camera button. A headphone jack graces the top of the device.

Software-wise, the Lumia 720 is powered by Windows Phone 8 and has all the bells and whistles of Microsoft’s latest mobile OS.  The phone has a nice mix of Nokia-specific software features like Nokia Here Maps and Nokia Music that will appeal to new smartphone owners.

The Lumia 720 will land March 2013 for €249. To get a closer look at Nokia’s latest smartphone, check out our hands-on photos below.

  • Gregory C Newman

    I like this better than the Lumia 822 on but will Verizon get this smart phone and will Vrizon get the high end Lumia 920 level Nokia smart phone People say is in the works

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