Nokia Lumia 720 vs 730 comparison

Nokia is about to release the Lumia 730 Dual SIM and 735 smartphones. How do they compare with the older Lumia 720? We explain everything you need to know in our Lumia 720 vs 730 comparison. See also: The best smartphones you can buy in 2014

The Lumia 720 and 730 both run Windows Phone, an alternative operating system to Google Android and Apple iOS. The 720 originally shipped with Windows Phone 8, but there’s now a free update to 8.1, which is what the 730 ships with, along with Nokia’s ‘Lumia Cyan’ update which brings extra features. See: new features in Windows Phone 8.1

While we’ve reviewed the 720, we’re yet to properly test out the Lumia 730: we’ll update this article and bring you a full review shortly.

Nokia Lumia 720 vs 730 comparison: Price

The Lumia 720 originally cost between £200 and £250 SIM free, but the new 730 should cost £150-£200. The Lumia 735 will cost roughly £25 more than the 730. For more information, see Lumia 730 and 735 UK release date, price and specifications.

Nokia Lumia 720 vs 730 comparison: Design

The 730 is hardly any bigger than the 720, measuring 69x135x9mm and weighs 131g. The thickness is slightly misleading, as the Lumia 730 tapers at the edges: it’s slightly thicker in reality.

It comes in black, white, green or orange; the Lumia 720 (below) came in red, blue, yellow, white or black.

Nokia Lumia 720 vs 730 comparison

The design is very reminiscent of the Lumia 920, with curved sides and a glossy finish.

Buttons and ports are in largely the same places, but the Lumia 730 loses a dedicated shutter button for the camera, which is a big shame.

Nokia Lumia 720 vs 730 comparison: Hardware

Screen

The most noticeable upgrade is the screen size, from 4.3 to 4.7in. Resolution is boosted to 1280x720 from 800x480. The resolution increase means a higher pixel density at 316ppi, against 217ppi for the Lumia 720.

Plus, the 730 (below) gets an OLED display which should be more vibrant than the IPS LCD panel on the 720. Gorilla Glass 3 is used for the 730's screen.

Nokia Lumia 720 vs 730 comparison

Cameras

Microsoft, the new owner of Nokia, is billing the 730 as ‘The first smartphone designed specifically for selfies and Skype video calls’. In essence, it means the front camera is a lot better than the 720’s.

It has a wide-angle 5Mp sensor, and an f/2.4 lens. Oddly, it can’t record 1080p video, but the main camera on the rear can. This is – on paper – unchanged from the Lumia 720. It has a 6.7Mp resolution, an f/1.9 aperture and an LED flash.

Nokia Lumia 720 vs 730 comparison

The 730 also get a processor and RAM upgrade: there’s now a Snapdragon 400 quad-core processor running at 1.2GHz and 1GB of RAM.

The 720 was a decent performer, despite having half the RAM and a slightly slower quad-core Snapdragon S4 chip.

Both handsets have 8GB of storage, and the 730 will accept microSD cards up to 128GB (the 720 supported up to 64GB cards).

Both have NFC, GPS, Bluetooth 4.0 and 802.11n Wi-Fi.

Lumia 730 vs 735: what’s the difference?

The two smartphones are essentially the same, but have the following differences:

- The 730 has dual SIM slots, and supports 3G

- The 735 has one SIM slot and supports 4G

- The 735 supports wireless charging; the 730 does not.