Expanding the Lumia range to new price points Consumers across Nigeria can now get their hands on Nokia’s new Windows Phone 8 powered Lumia 520

Nokia Lumia 520 and 720 arrive in Nigeria

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Expanding the Lumia range to new price points

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Consumers across Nigeria can now get their hands on Nokia’s new Windows Phone 8 powered Lumia 520 and Lumia 720. A blend of premium style and innovation for a socially active crowd, the Nokia Lumia 720 features a high end camera experience, while the Nokia Lumia 520 is the most affordable Nokia Lumia to date, bringing a fun and colorful experience to new consumers.

The new Nokia Lumia smartphones, launched in partnership with Airtel Nigeria and Microsoft Nigeria, come with a free 500 Megabytes (MB) data plan for the first 6 months on the Airtel network when customers recharge with N1,000.

“The adoption of smartphones is growing rapidly in Nigeria,” says Nick Imudia, managing director for Nokia West and Central Africa. “This growth is being driven largely by the affordable smartphone segment, and we are pleased to add the Nokia Lumia 520 to our range, bringing signature Lumia experiences to new price points and consumers.”

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Both devices offer many of the same digital camera lenses as the flagship Lumia 920, as well as maps and navigation from HERE, and super sensitive touchscreens for a highly immersive smartphone experience.

Nokia and Microsoft continue to build the Windows Phone ecosystem and, available exclusively for these two smartphones, is the “Apps 4Afrika” collection within the Apps Highlight in the Windows Phone Store, bringing even more locally relevant content. Consumers can also enjoy the best local apps such as Jandus Radio, Soundcity and Konga.

“Microsoft is confident that the Lumia range from Nokia, including the Lumia 520 and 720 being unveiled today, provide excellent value for African consumers and will support both companies’ ambitious growth plans for the continent. We recently made a commitment through the 4Afrika Initiative to deliver tens of millions of smart devices into the hands of Africans in the coming years, and every new Windows Phone that becomes available further enables us to deliver on that commitment,” said Emmanuel Onyeje, Country Manager Microsoft Anglophone West Africa.

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Combining exclusive Carl Zeiss optics with Nokia’s largest f1.9 aperture, the Nokia Lumia 720 delivers sharp, clear pictures every time, day or night. Its HD-quality 1.3 megapixel wide angle lens brings Nokia’s best front facing camera performance, and is perfect for taking group portraits with friends or making video calls with Skype. With powerful hardware and Nokia digital camera lenses including Cinemagraph, Smart Shoot and Glam Me, the Nokia Lumia 720 makes it easy to capture and share stunning pictures. An optional wireless charging shell delivers further innovation.
The 8GB mass memory and expandable 64GB memory slot of both the Lumia 520 and 720 allow users to store even more content created and collected.

Airtel Nigeria’s Chief Operating Officer, Deepak Srivastava, said Airtel is delighted to partner with Nokia, in delivering cutting-edge technology solutions. “The latest Lumia 520 and 720 Smartphones are aimed at improving the efficiencies of business people while also adding immense value to the lifestyle of telecoms consumers across the country. This is a worthy alliance that is clearly in sync with our motto of always partnering with the best to delight our customers.”

Customers can get the new Nokia Lumia 520 and 720 in Airtel stores, Nokia stores and retail outlets nationwide. The Nokia Lumia 520 is available in Cyan, Yellow, White, Black and Red. It is expected to be priced from N28,000. The Nokia Lumia 720 is available in Cyan, Yellow, White, Black and Red. It is expected to be priced from N49,000.

Nokia Lumia 520 Specifications

Operating system: Windows Phone 8
HERE location and mapping: Free global HERE Maps, free regional HERE Drive
Display: 4” IPS LCD WVGA (800 x 480 pixels) 16M colors, Super sensitive touch for nail and glove use
Battery: 1430 mAh
Processor: 1 GHz Dual Core Snapdragon™
Camera: 5 MP autofocus
video recording: HD 720p 30fps
– 512 MB RAM;
– 8GB mass memory;
– Support for micro SD cards up to 64GB;
– 7GB free SkyDrive storage

Nokia Lumia 720 Specifications

Operating system: Windows Phone 8
HERE location and mapping: Free global HERE Maps, free regional HERE Drive
Display: 4.3” ClearBlack WVGA LCD, 2.25 D Gorilla Glass 2, Super Sensitive Touch for nail and glove use
Battery: 2000 mAh battery + Optional Nokia Wireless Charging Cover Accessory
Processor: 1.0 GHz Dual-core Snapdragon S4
– Back: 6.7 MPIX, BSI, F1.9, Auto-Focus, Carl Zeiss, LED flash, HD 720p @ at 30 fps
– Front Camera: Skype HD wide angle (1.3Mpix)
– 512 MB RAM
– 8GB mass memory
– Support for micro SD cards up to 64GB
– 7GB free SkyDrive storage

About Nokia
Nokia is a global leader in mobile communications whose products have become an integral part of the lives of people around the world. Every day, more than 1.3 billion people use their Nokia to capture and share experiences, access information, find their way or simply to speak to one another. Nokia’s technological and design innovations have made its brand one of the most recognized in the world. For more information, visit http://www.nokia.com/about-nokia


  1. The Lumia 512MB RAM to me means Nokia ain’t serious.

    On mid-range Windows Phones smartphones? These are not resource-hungry Android smartphones. From my experience, 512MB is very adequate on Windows Phone. Show me any other Windows Phone manufacturer who puts in more than 512MB at these price points.

  2. Great move by Nokia. I don’t understand the nature of the partnership with Airtel though. It’s not a contract, just some relatively meagre data spread over 6 months the cost of which they will have added to the price. One may even have issues claiming the ‘free’ data. What’s the point?
    The Huawei Ascend W1 windows 8 phone at 30k thereabouts is a good phone at a great price too especially for those testing the Windows phone 8 waters.

  3. I’m so delighted for you to have touched this review mr Mo , bcos i didnt want to rely on foreign website for reviews, at first i was scared of the 512mb ram. since you say they are not like android i will buy mine asap.

  4. Peter,

    This is not a review. I haven’t seen or touched the 520 or 720 in person, but I have handled other Windows Phone smartphones with 512MB RAM and I can assure you that it is more than adequate.

  5. I still see windows phone as a cheap imitation of ios. Mr Mo, can you send files via Bluetooth? What of pegging the data service to only 3g? Can you use it as usb mass storage? Can you play divx or xvid videos without converting? Currently Microsoft is battling Google over their YouTube app. Windows phone just has too many issues. I rather buy a more expensive android device that allows me massive freedom than stay in a semi closed Eco system or better still go for a cheap blackberry phone that might become extinct soon. Mind you the only smart phone i currently have is a nokia C5-00, which is over 3 years old. I love nokia but they messed up big time just sticking with windows.

  6. Tivta,

    Answers to your questions:

    Q1. can you send files via Bluetooth? A: Yes (from WP8)
    Q2. What of pegging the data service to only 3g? A: No
    Q3. Can you use it as usb mass storage? A: Yes (from WP8)
    Q4. Can you play divx or xvid videos without converting? A: Yes (from WP8)

    Looks like all your gripes – except for 3G-only network mode – have been taken care of 🙂

  7. i wouldn’t mind any of the two. I feel 520 is a better bargain to at least test WP8. The only issue is the apps..Even BBM thats is coming to android and iOS isnt gonna be available on this lumia..i fear whatsapp might become useless once ‘everyone’ has BBM..but aside that i fell in love instantly with WP7 on lumia 800 when i handled it last week. It was so fast and sleek..no annoying lags like android

  8. It is obvious that Nokia missed the road so I have stopped thinking about Window phone whatever they put on the table wouldn’t impress me.

  9. Tivta, in addition to what Mr Mo has posted in answer to your questions, having used both iPhone and Nokia Lumia, here are a lot of similarities between the two.

  10. This is not a review. I haven’t seen or touched the 520 or 720 in person

    Yep, it’s a subtle ad

  11. Pls, WP8 OS is nothing like the Symbian you know… You can only stream videos and songs, you can’t download anything except pictures around the internet… Your #1000- 100mb monthly data plan is nothing on this phone… Be ready to cough out #3000 for 1gb data plan for the first three months (if you want to enjoy it wholeheartedly)… You also need WiFi to download files or “apps” (in their mind) that are 50mb and above in size….No java apps,except you have $8.00 to cough out for Amazing spiderman for example (you must buy all the nice games…only once though!!!). the WP8 is not for everybody, especially Symbian lovers… They are nothing like each other. I’m pretty sure you wont be using your powerful camera everytime in the day AND night, but you will need to download stuffs, right? Just prepare your mind for Nokia Care if anything goes wrong with your battery(like my Lumia 920 did to me). Face reality….

  12. Samjones this is a reply to your comment, hope it’s not too late.
    First of all, if you want to download content from other sites go to windowsphone.com and search download manager. There would be other apps in the result but i’m going to recommend GetThemAll (it also downloads youtube videos) because i’ve used it (downloaded some songs from waptrick with it) and it’s FREE.
    As for the app situation, well ALMOST all the paid apps haveFREE trial versions and as the market share increases, the price of apps would decrease until they are mostly free or relatively cheap.
    Yeah that non-user replaceable battery can be an issue sometimes with all phones that come with it. Good thing then that you’ve got Nokia care shop.
    That java app thing shouldn’t be a deal breaker but java apps can come in handy sometimes…..

  13. Grace, I believe that Skype works on the 520. The 520 has the same internal resources as the 720 and Skype runs on my 720. It sometimes closes suddenly though, I believe due to the 512MB of RAM.

  14. tried all the notable stores for nokia lumia 520 non of them have the item, even jumia sent me a msg they won’t be able to supply after i made the order. not even at slot, nor park n shop, while ptv and konga are selling for 22k/23k, a phone that is 19k. law of demand and supply?

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