Looking to try out a Windows 8 smartphone from Nokia, but haven’t found one to match your modest wallet yet? Enter the newly-unveiled Nokia Lumia 620, described by the Finnish company as “most affordable in its range of Windows Phone 8 smartphones.”
Priced at $249 (around £155), the Lumia 620 has a 3.8 inch LCD ClearBlack capacitive touchscreen, running at an 800 x 480 resolution, powered by a 1GHz dual-core Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 processor. Very much a mid-range device then, but our experience with Windows 8 phones so far suggests that the operating system is able to eke quite a bit out of even less powerful hardware, so the experience with the Lumia 620 shouldn’t be underwhelming.
512MB of RAM is also onboard, with 8GB of built in storage, thankfully expandable through microSD support to 64GB. 7GB of Microsoft’s SkyDrive cloud storage is also offered up for free.
For a budget phone, the Lumia 620 also has a rather high-end feature in the form of NFC connectivity.
Around the back you’ll find a 5MP main camera, using Nokia’s proprietary Cinemagraph lens, while a 640 x 480 front-facing camera is onboard for Skype calling.
The Lumia 620’s also packing in a 1300mAh battery, with Nokia quoting usage as 9.9 hours of 3G talk time (14.6 hours 2G) and standby of 330 hours. 61 hours of music playback can be enjoyed per-charge too.
Hitting Asian territories first in January, a European and Middle Eastern roll-out will follow shortly after. A further roll-out, presumably to the US, is planned, do details remain unannounced. You’ll be able to pick the handset up in lime green, orange, magenta, yellow, cyan, white and black shades.
By Gerald Lynch | December 5th, 2012