Nokia Introduces Four New Phones at Mobile World Congress
At the Mobile World Congress today, Nokia introduced four new phones coming to market in 2013. They are, in order of increasing price, the Nokia 105, the Nokia 301, the Lumia 520 and the Lumia 720.
These four phones will be low to mid-range devices targeting “Non-LTE markets” according to Stephen Elop. The goal of the phones introduced today is to get more Nokia phones into the hands of users in emerging markets. No super-phone made any kind of appearance today.
The Nokia 105 is a successor to the Nokia 1280. It is a 10-key dialer available in Cyan or Black, starting at 15€ (approximately $20 USD). The 105 will feature a splash-proof and dust-proof keypad, FM radio, built in flashlight and a one-charge-per-month battery life.
Next up is the Nokia 301. Also a 10-key dialer, the 301 will be available in a wider array of colors – cyan, magenta, yellow, white and black and will be available in both single SIM and dual SIM. It is a “high-performing 3G” phone featuring Exchange support for email, an upgraded Asha-like browser experience, and will come preloaded with popular browser bookmarks and an array of apps including twitter, ebuddy and whatsapp (including full dual SIM whatsapp support). The 301 will start pricing at 65€ (approximately $86 USD).
Two other nifty little features will come with the 305. The first is a voice guided self portrait mode which, when held at arm’s length, will vocally tell you which way to tilt the phone to center your handsome mug in front of the camera. The second is the appropriately titled “Slam” feature which allows you to share photos with Nokia and non-Nokia devices over Bluetooth by tapping (or slamming) them together.
Next up, Nokia introduced their two latest Lumia devices, starting with the Lumia 520. This “fun and affordable” Windows Phone 8 smartphone will feature exchangeable shells in a “multitude” of colors, a 4″ super touch display, 1 GHz dual-core processor, and 8GB on board storage (expandable up to 64GB). The Lumia 520 will feature a 5 megapixel auto-focus camera, boasting the same digital lenses as the Lumia 920 and also play nicely with app add-ons such as Cinemagraph and Photobeamer. The Lumia 520 will start at 139 Euro (approximately $183 USD).
Finally, Nokia introduced the cream of this particular crop – the Lumia 720 – filling those awkward gaps in the Lumia numeric sequence. The Lumia 720 will also feature a 1GHz processor, 512 MB RAM, 8 GB on board storage (expandable up to 64 GB). The screen will be a curved 4.3″ super touch display with Clear Black technology. The camera will feature a 6.7 Megapixel sensor with Carl Zeiss optics, and an F1.9 aperture. A front-facing 1.3 Megapixel camera with wide angle lens will accommodate your smiling face, plus those of three other people in HD quality. The Lumia 720 will feature a uni-body design – the first uni-body design to allow for memory card expansion – and will be available in Glossy White, or Matte Red, Yellow, Cyan, or Black. The 720 will also have an optional snap on cover accessory for wireless charging.
After the lineup of phones, Nokia also went on to discuss a few other points of interest, including an app called “Placetag” which allows one to add text to a photo, presumably to add the place, time, or other thoughts to a photo. Also mentioned was an augmented reality app called “Livesight” which works along side Here maps in a sort of “City Lens” or “What’s around here” kind of way. Finally, Elop teased us with a wireless charging car holder which allows for wireless charging of your phone while navigating with Here Drive.
You can read up more with the source links below to the Nokia Conversations Blog and be sure to stay tuned to Pocketnow for upcoming hands-on videos, news and more as we continue our coverage of Nokia and the Mobile World Congress.