Nokia's Lumia 720 landing Down Under this month

Nokia's Lumia 720 smartphone will be available Down Under this month

Nokia has today announced that its latest Windows Phone, the Lumia 720, will be available in Australia in the coming weeks.

The Nokia Lumia 720
The Nokia Lumia 720

Unveiled globally in February at the Mobile World Congress event in Barcelona, Spain, the Lumia 720 is a lightweight, colourful smartphone that Nokia claims has the "best camera experience of any mid-range smartphone."

The Lumia 720 has a 6.7-megapixel rear-facing camera with a Carl Zeiss lens and an f/1.9 aperture. The company claims the latter is bigger than almost any high-end smartphone on the market and will therefore capture better photos in low-light conditions.

Nokia Australia’s managing director, Steve Lewis, said the Lumia 720 is "critical" for the company's strategy to bring Windows Phone to a wider audience.

"As we continue to grow our smartphone offering, devices such as the Lumia 720 give breadth and depth to our Windows Phone 8 portfolio."

"Smartphones like the Lumia 720 are critical to Nokia’s strategy as they allow us to bring familiar features such as high-end design, quality hardware, unparalleled imaging capabilities and a rich navigation experience to a wider audience."

The Lumia 720 has a 4.3in 'Clear Black' display with a resolution of 480x800. The phone is powered by a 1GHz dual-core Snapdragon processor, has 512MB RAM and comes with 8GB of internal memory. There's a microSD card slot to expand the memory, along with built-in NFC connectivity.

Nokia also provides a wireless charging option, which can be utilised by purchasing an optional, snap-on cover for the Lumia 720. The phone has a 2000mAh battery that lists 520 hours of standby time and up to 13 hours and 20 minutes of talk time.

Like all of Nokia's Windows Phone 8 devices, the Lumia 720 comes preloaded with the company's suite of exclusive apps, Drive, Transit, Maps and Music.

Both Vodafone and Virgin Mobile will sell the Lumia 720 outright for $429. Virgin Mobile will sell the device from Thursday 4 April while Vodafone "will announce availability in the coming weeks".

Nokia also announced that selected other retailers will be receiving stock of the Lumia 720 from Wednesday 10 April.

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