Nokia Lumia 620 vs Lumia 720: two affordable Windows Phone 8 handsets

    Nokia Lumia 720

    If 920 was very expensive, the Finnish giant’s Nokia Lumia 620 and Lumia 720 are two affordable Windows Phone 8 handsets

    Nokia is following some smart-phone manufacturers in introducing a handset for possibly every sort of customers customised to their needs. And the first name that pops up is none other than Korean smartphone behemoth Samsung. Since it introduced its first Windows Phone 8 handset in the market last year, it has launched more than half a dozen smart-phones in different class and categories and all running on Windows Phone 8 operating system.

    The good thing for the Finnish tech giant is the fact that its handsets running on Windows Phone 8 operating systems are getting excellent response in markets across the world. Its Lumia 920 is doing exceedingly well in the market, though Lumia 820 couldn’t make the same impression. Nonetheless there are reports that the company’s Lumia 520 is selling in large number and the same is impression about its other mid-range handset Lumia 620. But if these handsets were not enough to attract enough buyers for the Finnish tech giant, there are more handsets lined up for release. The company is preparing to launch this handset with 4.3 inch screen.

    Here we compare Nokia’s Lumia 620 vs Lumia 720. But to be true the handsets look similar in many ways, though both come with marginal specs difference. As far as form factor is concerned, though slightly bigger than the 620, the new Lumia 720 is thinner and it has a more portable form factor. The handset measures in 127.9 x 67.5 x 9mm and it weighs only at 128g. Have you noticed that it is only 9mm thick? It is when the lower end Lumia 620 is chunkier with an 11mm body. The 620 comes with a 3.8-inch TFT display that is someway smaller compared to the standard display sizes. The latest Lumia phone is up with a bit larger 4.3-inch display, but sadly with the same pixels of 480 x 800. It reduces the pixel density of the 720 to 217-ppi. The device is, however, carrying an IPS LCD capacitive touchscreen.

    When it comes to camera, both are far different. Both the cameras of the Lumia 720 are far better than that of its Lumia rival. It integrates a 6.1-MP rear camera that is enriched with nice features like Carl Zeiss optics, autofocus, LED flash, 1/3.6-inch’ sensor size, geo-tagging, and 720p video recording. It has a 1.3MP front facing camera that can also record video at 720p@30fps. The Lumia 620 is only featuring 5MP rear and VGA front cameras. Nokia has included a mediocre Li-Ion 1300mAh battery onboard the Lumia 620. Different from this, the latest version of the line has a Li-Ion 2000mAh battery that can indeed provide better backup.

    But the two are similar in many ways. There is actually nothing special to mention about the CPU of the 720, which features almost the same specs of Lumia 620. The former one is equipped with a 1GHz Qualcomm MSM8227 dual processor, Adreno 305 GPU and 512MB RAM. Nearly the same specs are wrapped up inside the old cheap Lumia phone that differs with only its dual core Snapdragon S4 chipset. The same is the case with the software of the handsets. Both run the same Windows Phone 8, the latest update to the mobile platform that is expected to get an update sometime late this year. When it comes to connectivity options also, the gadgets share everything in common. They include GPRS, EDGE, HSDPA, HSUPA, Wi-Fi, dual-band, Bluetooth 3.0, NFC and microUSB. Both the devices are available in a variety of colors with the Lumia 620 is available in more options that include lime green, orange, magenta, yellow, cyan, white and black. Its elder brother will be available in white, red, yellow and cyan/black also.

    Nokia wants the Windows Phone 8 handsets to be affordable to all sections of population. Nokia brought the 620 as the cheapest version of its WP 8 collection late last year. When announced it was the only Windows Phone 8 device Nokia had with a low price as the Lumia 820 and Lumia 920 were there as its elder siblings. Nokia has priced the device something around $250 SIM free and it has been available for grabs from January this year. On the other hand the new Lumia 720 falls in between the 620 and 820 as a midrange phone. Well, though carrying some nice specs, the device is not much more powerful or feature-rich than the other handset in discussion. But it is expected for a price around $350 and is slated for official rollout sometime in April in many markets. But its camera and slightly bigger body is surely going to entice many more people to fall for it.