MWC 2013: Nokia reveals affordable Windows Phone 8 models, Lumia 720 and 520

Nokia has this morning unveiled two new additions to its Lumia line-up, with the Nokia Lumia 720 and 520 revealed at a press conference at MWC in Barcelona.

Slotting in below the premium Lumia 920 and 820, the new models aim to make Windows Phone 8 available on affordable devices.

The new Lumia 720 sports a 4.3in WVGA display with 800 x 480-pixel resolution, a 6.7-megapixel camera with a Carl Zeiss Tessar lens and a 1.3-megapixel front snapper.

Under the bonnet the phone is powered by a dual-core Snapdragon S4 processor clocked at 1.0 GHz, and we have 512MB of RAM and 8GB storage with a SD card slot catering for more if needed.

Billed as the best value Windows Phone 8 smartphone by company CEO Stephen Elop at the press event this morning, the Nokia Lumia 520 has a 4in display with a resolution of 800 x 480-pixels, a 5-megapixel camera, and the same dual-core 1.0 GHz Snapdragon S4 processor, 512MB of RAM, 8GB of internal storage and a micro SD card slot.

Both models are "engineered for non-LTE markets," Elop said, but include features usually restricted to higher-end devices, like wireless charging (with accessory covers), redesigned music applications and Nokia’s mapping service, Here.

The Nokia Lumia 720 release date is pitched for later in the first quarter of 2013, priced 249 euros (£217). The Lumia 520 will also arrive this quarter, costing just 139 Euros (£121).