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Nokia Lumia 720 shows all, inside and out to the FCC, AT&T to get the first run?

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Nokia Lumia 720 shows all, inside and out to the FCC, AT&T to get the first run?
The new Lumia 720 may be a middle-weight in the realm of smartphones, but it made a big splash at MWC.

We have already seen hints the device will be offered up in the UK beginning April 1st with an expected price tag of about £249.99 (£299.99 w/VAT or $448). We also caught wind of what the Lumia 720 might fetch €379 ($492) in Germany, but no release date is known.

Now, the 720 has shown the FCC all the goods, submitted this past Monday. Word has it that AT&T will get the first go-around with the device then other interested carriers will pick up the goods very shortly thereafter. However, based on what we outlined in our own product specifications page, and confirmed as we browsed through the SAR report, this device will not be arriving on Verizon, Sprint or any other CDMA carrier in the US, nor does the device support T-Mobile’s 1700MHz AWS frequency band. However, T-Mobile has been making big moves deploying HSPA+ in its 1900MHz PCS band.

There is no LTE support for the device, but the trade off is a very capable handset, packing a lot of premium features without breaking the bank. We think that is a winning combination, except for the fact that AT&T already carries the Lumia 820. The off contract prices for the Lumia 720 in the UK and Germany are markedly higher than the full $399 retail price of the Lumia 820, so it will be interesting to see how that plays out.

The cool thing about looking through an FCC filing after a device has been announced is we get to see a lot more of the device, in this case, all the guts that make it work. Assuming that AT&T does get first dibs on the device, between the 720 and 820, which one do you like? Given the subtle, yet notable differences between the two, would a free subsidized Lumia 720 win you over a $50 Lumia 820?

sources: FCC via SlashGear

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posted on 06 Mar 2013, 21:17 2

1. InspectorGadget80 (unregistered)

Nice device nokia but dont like the white phone color

posted on 07 Mar 2013, 14:22

14. asseek (Posts: 164; Member since: 12 Sep 2012)

thumbing u down, just because u don't like the white color? lol

posted on 06 Mar 2013, 21:37 1

2. Landmarkcm (Posts: 506; Member since: 11 Aug 2009)

Ill gladly take one unlocked to use on Tmobile monthly. Don't know why tmobile didn't go directly for this instead of the junky 521 which doesn't even have a flash on the camera. Yet they advertise the camera lenses etc on the 521 but it's gonna be pretty useless in low light.

posted on 06 Mar 2013, 22:12

3. Ruckus (Posts: 286; Member since: 20 Oct 2011)

Its a nice entry level phone but no LTE? Thats crazy..

posted on 06 Mar 2013, 23:55 1

5. UrbanPhantom (Posts: 949; Member since: 30 Oct 2012)

It's a developing world phone, and LTE is still rare in most 3rd world nations

posted on 07 Mar 2013, 07:40 1

9. Marcus_h (Posts: 44; Member since: 21 Apr 2012)

Yes -and LTE has only very recently been rolled out in places like the UK

posted on 06 Mar 2013, 22:58

4. N-fanboy (Posts: 543; Member since: 12 Jan 2013)

The 4th best camera on a smartphone out there... After the 808pureview, Lumia920, and the Htc one but still mid range

posted on 07 Mar 2013, 00:39 7

7. Sterijoana (Posts: 32; Member since: 18 Feb 2013)

Do some research, boy. It's camera is better than HTC one.

posted on 07 Mar 2013, 10:39 2

12. -box- (Posts: 3991; Member since: 04 Jan 2012)

You forgot the Nokia N8.

posted on 07 Mar 2013, 01:54

8. nightmare (Posts: 28; Member since: 25 Nov 2011)

The 720 is a nice phone but nokia will ruin its success if thats how they will sell it off contract.Its almost the same price as the galaxy s3 will be soon after s4 is launched!!! Nokia cant compete with s3 unless they fix that price

posted on 07 Mar 2013, 10:41

13. -box- (Posts: 3991; Member since: 04 Jan 2012)

If it's around $200-300 off-contract, and the S3 drops to around $500 from its current $700 (MSRP) that's still a huge difference.

posted on 07 Mar 2013, 07:42 1

10. Marcus_h (Posts: 44; Member since: 21 Apr 2012)

If LTE isn't a consideration, this is nicer than the 820 I think - lighter, thinner, and the camera appears better (less MP, but better f-stop, and BSI which I don't think the 820 is).

posted on 07 Mar 2013, 10:37

11. -box- (Posts: 3991; Member since: 04 Jan 2012)

If it's the same as the international version (no LTE), then I would imagine this would be for AT&T's prepaid GoPhone service, rather than a contract device. Great choice, if so, since it offers a better camera than the 900 or 820 and the same screen tech as its 920 sibling.

Also, this AT&T getting first-dibs is really frustrating. T-Mobile is the only carrier to offer a Nokia continuously, even during Nokia's darker time a few years ago, yet they get the mid-tier offerings. And buying the international version or an unlocked AT&T unit isn't great either since the 1900MHz band isn't widely deployed.

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