nokia-lumia-520-yellow_cyan_white_redExciting news from last week's Mobile World Congress included the unveiling of Nokia’s new Windows Phone 8 smartphones, the Lumia 520 and Lumia 720. Expected to be available from April, we couldn’t wait to take a good look at these lovely new handsets and to give you the lowdown on the latest additions to the Nokia Lumia range.

The Nokia 520 is the budget phone in the Lumia range without the unibody design of the more expensive handsets in the range. It comes in a selection of colours and has a removable battery cover but retains the good looks of the Lumia phones. Featuring a slightly heavier-set design with a depth of 9.9mm, it has a 4-inch screen (the same as an iPhone) with a 480 x 800 pixel display.

As with the entire Lumia range, the 520 runs Windows Phone 8 with its signature Live Tiles as well as an apps menu. For a budget phone, the Lumia 520 is reasonably powerful with a dual-core 1GHz processor and 512MB of RAM. The 8GB of internal storage can be increased to 64GB with the inclusion of a microSD card. Other features include a rear 5-megapixel autofocus camera and Nokia’s ‘HERE’ suite which features the maps and GPS navigation apps.

The Nokia Lumia 720 is aimed at the mid-market and sits smack, bang in-between the 520 and 920. Looks-wise the Lumia 720 is a sleeker version of the 520 with a 4.3-inch screen and unibody polycarbonate design and is available in a great choice of vibrant colours. The 720 is the slimmest of the current Lumia range with a thickness of just 9mms. There are several similarities with the 520 in that it also runs on a 1GHz Snapdragon processor, has the same ram of 512MB, 8GB of storage and a pixel display of 480 x 800.

The two integrated cameras, a 6.7-megapixel rear camera with a Carl Zeiss lens and a 1.3-megapixel camera on the front,  are packed with great features including low-lighting options, a self-portrait setting and the handset comes with a pre-loaded ‘Glam Me’ digital lens which will allow you to edit photos and beautify yourself before you post the retouched images online. The 720 also comes with a full suite of ‘HERE’ apps such as Maps, Drive & Transit and Nokia Music. Boasting an ultra sensitive touch screen which can be navigated wearing gloves, in-built NFC for wireless payments, a microSD slot and wireless charging, we can’t wait for them to hit out stores in a few weeks time.