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Nokia Lumia 720 launching on the 8th April, according to Amazon

Nokia Lumia 720 launching on the 8th April, according to Amazon
Amazon has become the first retailer to break cover and offer a launch date for the Lumia 720, Nokia's latest mid-range Windows Phone 8 device.

Designed for those who can't afford the company's flagship Lumia 920 handset, the Lumia 720 sits towards the middle of the company's Windows Phone 8 line-up. Announced earlier this year at the Mobile World Congress (MWC) event, the Lumia 720 packs a 4.3in ClearBlack in-plane switching (IPS) display with a 480x800 resolution, protected by Corning's anti-scratch Gorilla Glass 2. Internally, the handset includes a 1GHz dual-core Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 processor, but a mere 512MB of RAM, along with the same 2,000mAh battery as the Lumia 920.

As well as costing less than the Lumia 920, the Lumia 720 is slimmer - at 9mm - and weighs just 128g. It's the rear of the handset that reveals its true selling point: a 6.7 megapixel F/1.9 camera, offering a far faster lens than on almost any other smartphone - including the Lumia 920. While the resolution is somewhat disappointing, the quality of images taken with the camera in low light should be up there with the very best smartphone cameras around.

At the event, Nokia refused to share details of a UK release date for the Lumia 720, stating only that it would be appearing in the second quarter. An Amazon listing for the device has now gone live, however, and points to a release date of the 8th of April - but the date comes with a disappointment for those hoping to snag a bargain: unlike the expected £250 release price, Amazon is asking £382.97 for a SIM-free handset. Whether that is accurate pricing or simply a placeholder while the company decides on the handset's final cost, however, is not yet known - and it's considerably higher than the £258 mobile network O2 had stated in its press release regarding the device sent earlier this year.

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