Finnish handset manufacturer Nokia was once ruling the global mobile phone kingdom. As years passed and competition increased, the company could not withstand against others companies that have started flourishing.
Not giving up, Nokia has launched many Windows Phone 8 based smartphones in its Lumia lineup to get a glorious victory. At the Mobile World Congress 2013. the company announced the launch of two such smartphones - Lumia 720 and Lumia 520 and has released them in India.
Undoubtedly, Nokia aims to regain its lost foothold in the smartphone market with the power of Microsoft's Windows Phone 8 platform. Analyzing the launches including mid-range and low level handsets, it is evident that the Finnish giant is trying to capture its market share, which was acquires by the world's largest smartphone manufacturer - Samsung.
Coming to the low-end Windows Phone 8 smartphone launched by Nokia - Lumia 520, the handset comes with some outstanding features that are capable enough to capture the audience.
Speaking of specs, Lumia 520 packs a 4-inch WVGA display with 480 x 800 pixel resolution, 1GHz dual core processor, 512MB RAM, 5MP rear camera, 8GB internal memory, micro SD card slot supporting up to 64GB additional storage, Windows Phone 8 OS, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and a 1,430 mAh battery.
When it comes to software features, Lumia 520 comes with all the exclusive Nokia Drive, Nokia City Lens, Nokia Maps and MixRadio. Also, being a Windows Phone 8 handset, Lumia 520 will boast 7GB free SkyDrive storage.
Speaking of pricing and availability, Lumia 520 will be priced at Rs 10,500 and will be made available in the first week of April.
Considering the price of the low-end Lumia smartphone, the handset can definitely mark its success among the price conscious Indian market. Moreover, analyzing the price of other Windows Phone 8 handsets, Lumia 520 can create an impact among the entry-level smartphone seekers in the country who do not want to shed more on smartphone purchase.
However, the low-end market is already haunted by a plethora of vendors including Samsung, Micromax, Sony, Karbonn and more have already come with Android based handsets in the segment. With the launch of Lumia 520 in India, it is for sure that these handsets that are already existing in the market will definitely go through a tough time.
Eventually, Gizbot has come up with the top 10 smartphones that will be in trouble soon after the release of Lumia 720 in India. Read through the slideshow below.
Nokia Lumia 510
Back in November 2012, Nokia launched the cheapest smartphone based on Windows Phone 7.8 Refresh - Lumia 510.
Talking about specs, Lumia 510 carries a 4 inch WVGA capacitive touchscreen display with a resolution of 800 x 480 pixels, 800MHz single-core processor, 4GB internal storage, 256MB RAM, 5MP rear camera, Bluetooth 2.1 + EDR, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, 3G and a 1,300 mAh BP-3L battery offering 6.2 hours talk time and 653 hours standby.
With a micro SD card slot supporting up to 64GB expandable storage support, better camera and improved battery, it can be said that Lumia 520 could be a better offering.
Lava Xolo A800
Following the launch of Xolo A700 in December 2012, Lava launched Xolo A800 with slightly upgraded features. Xolo A800 featur a 4.5 inch IPS capacitive touchscreen display with 960 x 540 pixel resolution, 1GHz dual-core MediaTek MT6577 processor, Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich OS, 8MP rear camera with autofocus and LED flash, VGA front facing camera for video chatting, 512MB RAM, 4GB internal storage and expandable memory option up to 32GB via microSD card.
Further, the handset comes packed with connectivity features including 3G HSPA 7.2Mbps, WiFi 802.11 b/g/n, Bluetooth v2.1, aGPS and micro USB 2.0 and is loaded with a 1,600 mAh battery and is priced at Rs 9,999.
With a better display resolution, Xolo A800 could be a rival to Lumia 520, but the Nokia smartphone comes with a superior processor.
Sony Xperia E
Sony has recently announced two entry-leve smartphones - Xperia E and Xperia E Dual. Both the smartphones are available for pre-order online and come with similar specs except for the difference in dual SIM support.
Speaking of specs, Xperia E sports a 3.5 inch touchscreen display with 320 x 480 pixel resolution, 1GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon MSM7227A processor, 512MB RAM, 4GB internal storage, micro SD card slot supporting up to 32GB additional storage, 3.2MP rear camera, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and a 1,530 mAh.
Priced at Rs 9,990, Xperia E has a smaller display, a single core processor and poor camera has compared to Lumia 520.
Samsung Galaxy Ace
Galaxy Ace is quite an old Samsung model, which has been launched two years back. The handset is priced at Rs 7,990, which is too low as compared to Lumia 520. At the same time, the specs are not too advanced and the handset packs a 3.5 inch capacitive touchscreen display with a resolution of 320 x 480 pixels, Android 2.3 Gingerbread OS, 800MHz Qualcomm processor, 5MP rear camera, 158MB internal storage, 278MB RAM, micro SD card slot supporting up to 32GB additional storage, Wi-Fi, 3G, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and a 1,350 mAh battery.
From the specs, it is clear the Lumia 520 comes with an improved processor, better display and enhanced camera performance.
Salora PowerMaxx Z1
Salora is a tech firm with a well renowned named for the television models. In January, the company launched a powerful smartphone - PowerMaxx Z1, which has also received the Android 4.1.2 Jelly Bean upgrade.
PowerMaxx Z1 comes with a 4.5 inch IPS LCD qHD capacitive touchscreen display with a resolution of 540 x 960 pixels and Zero Air Gap technology, 1.3MP front facing camera, 8MP rear camera, 1GHz dual core Cortex A9 processor, 4GB internal storage, 512MB RAM, micro SD card slot supporting up to 32GB additional storage, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, 3G and a 3,200 mAh battery offering 430 hours talk time.
Priced at Rs 9,999, the handset could be a stiff competitor to Lumia 520 with its superior specs.
BlackBerry Curve 9220
Curve 9220 has been released in India in April 2012 and is now available at a price of Rs 9,990. The handset is based on BlackBerry OS and features a 2.44 inch TFT display with a resolution of 320 x 240 pixels, QWERTY keypad, 2MP rear camera, 512MB internal storage, micro SD card slot, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and a 1,450 mAh Li-Ion battery offering 7 hours talk time and 432 hours standby.
With a price tag of Rs 9,990, BlackBerry Curve 9220 may be cheaper as compared to Lumia 520, but it comes with a lean specs.
Sony Xperia Tipo Dual
Japanese tech giant Sony released Xperia Tipo and its dual SIM variant Xperia Tipo Dual in September 2012. The dual SIM variant has specifications including Xperia Tipo Dual houses a 3.2 inch multi-touch capacitive touchscreen display with 320 x 480 pixel resolution, 800MHz Cortex A5 processor, Android 4.0.3 Ice Cream Sandwich OS, 3.15MP rear camera, 2GB internal memory, 512MB RAM, micro SD card slot, Bluetooth 2.1 with A2DP, 3G, Wi-Fi and a 1,500 mAh Li-ion battery which offers up to 6 hours talk time and 360 hours standby.
Xperia Tipo Dual priced at Rs 9,490 may be relatively inexpensive as compared to Lumia 520, however, the latter comes with better display, enhanced camera, improved processor and better backup.
Samsung Galaxy Music Duos
In order to spread its presence in all the segments of the smartphone market, Samsung announced Galaxy Music and Galaxy Music Duos in October 2012.
Galaxy Music Duos packs a 3 inch Super AMOLED capacitive touchscreen display with 320 x 240 pixel resolution, powerful processor of undisclosed specs, 512MB RAM, 4GB internal storage, micro SD card slot supporting up to 32GB, 3MP rear camera, Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich OS, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and a 1,300 mAh Li-ion battery.
The handset is priced too low at Rs 7,990, but Lumia 520 has a better display, increased camera performance and enhanced battery spec.
Launched in November 2012 alongside the successor of A9, Karbonn A21 comes with decent specs and is priced at Rs 8,499.
A21 houses a 4.5 inch multi-touch capacitive display with 480 x 800 pixel resolution, 1.2GHz dual core Qualcomm Scorpion processor, GPU under its hood, 5MP rear camera, 1.3MP camera, 3G, Bluetooth, GPS with aGPS, USB 2.0, Wi-Fi and 1,800 mAh Li-ion battery delivering 5 hours talk time and 200 hours standby.
With a better display, faster processor and improved camera spec, A21 can be a rival to Lumia 520.
The unannounced A101 phablet is available online and has a strong resemblance to A110 Canvas 2.
Specwise, A101 will comes with a 5 inch WVGA capacitive touchscreen display with a resolution of 800 x 480 pixels, 1GHz dual core processor, 512MB RAM, 2GB internal storage, micro SD card slot supporting up to 32GB expandable storage support, 5MP rear camera, 0.3MP front camera, Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, 3G, dual SIM support and a 2,100 mAh battery.
Priced at Rs 9,999, A101 is a better offering with improvements, but Lumia 520 comes with a better camera and increased internal storage as compared to A101.