Nokia launches Lumia 620 – Most affordable Windows Phone 8 device
Today Nokia have announced their third and most affordable Windows Phone 8 handset. This one is designed specifically to appeal to the youthful, fun side of the market.
The Nokia Lumia 620 uses a new 'dual-shot' colour technique to deliver a variety of striking colour and texture effects. Dual-shot adds a second layer of coloured, transparent or translucent polycarbonate on top of a base layer to produce secondary colour blends and depth effects. There will be a range of seven exchangeable shells so folks can customise the look even further.
The Lumia 620 will sport a 3.8” WVGA 800x480 screen that uses Nokia’s familiar 'Clear Black' polarising screen technology to reduce glare. It will also pack a Snapdragon S4 dual core CPU running at 1 GHz, so it's clocked a bit slower than other Windows Phone 8 handsets. The 620 will also have a base memory of 512MB RAM and 8GB of on-board storage. Thankfully it also has the option to increase storage by way of MicroSD cards of up to 64GB in size.
Nokia had this to say on the launch:
Cameras will be taken care of with a 5MP F 2.4 Aperture, 28.0mm focal length but will not have the Carl Zeiss optics. For the purposes of video calling the device will house a standard VGA front facing camera.
The Lumia 620 supports Bluetooth 3.0, NFC and the usual Wi-Fi Standards a/b/g/n but there is no option for the Qi Wireless charging. The device supports a replaceable battery and weighs in at 127g.
Nokia also had this to say:
Initially the device is set to become available in a range of colours including, lime green, orange, magenta, yellow, cyan, white and black. The price of the handset is going to be around USD $249 without taxes and subsidies. Initial shipping will commence in Jan 2013 in Asia, followed shortly by the EU and Middles East.
- Height: 115.4 mm
- Width: 61.1 mm
- Thickness: 11.0 mm
- Weight: 127 g
- Volume: 76 cm³
Display and User Interface
- Display size: 3.8 ''
- Touch screen technology: Capacitive Multipoint-Touch
- Screen height: 800 pixels
- Screen width: 480 pixels
- Display features: Polarization filter, Light time-out, Ambient light detector, Brightness control, Orientation sensor, Proximity sensor, RGB Stripe, Sunlight readability enhancements, Aspect ratio 15:9, Color boosting
- Display height: 83.0 mm
- Display width: 50.0 mm
- Display colors: 16.7 million
- Display technology: LCD, ClearBlack
- Internal memory: 512 MB
- Maximum memory card size: 64GB
- Mass memory: 8GB and 7GB in SkyDrive
- Expandable memory card type: MicroSD
The Lumia 620 looks like a great entry-level Windows Phone 8 device, packing some impressive specs and the fun colours this could be popular. In order to drive more adoption of the new operating system, it's imperative that to make lower end devices available right away. We look forward to getting one for a hands-on as soon as possible. Stay tuned.
Let us know what you think about the latest addition to the Lumia range in the comments below. Thanks to everyone who tipped us!
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one thing this does makes me wonder, what place does this leave for WP7.x? if Nokia wants to keep WP7.x (like they have said), this means WP7.x must take Nokia's S40 place in the super low end (30-150 euros).
Are you sure? Multiple news site reported it had no NFC, neither can i find it being mentioned by HTC's own site or GSMarena spec list.
First tip for improving 8x battery life is to switch NFC off....
But I think you mixed 8x and 8s. HTC 8s doesn't have NFC
but low end 8S does not have NFC
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Sounds like the 620 is going to make a big splash in the BRIC countries (Brazil, Russia, India, China)... happy to see this.
The 8S is more expensive, but the build quality, design, and I'm sure the camera and the screen, are also better. The battery is also bigger. The 8S looks like a good mid-range, and you can get it for 370 USD with shipping on eBay.
1) Discard the main distinguishing feature (the "Dual Shot" interchangable cover), and replace it with a non-replacable black or white cover.
2) Redesign the phone so it's egg shaped.
3) Find 6 places on the phone to slap the hideous logo somewhere on it.
710 was a big seller. If the CPU can handle new WP8 games then this could be the next big low-end seller.
i wonder now what ther 720 will bring to the table? maybe a 4 inch amoled screen, 8 mp shooter and a cool desgn with the same processor and ram as this 620, or 1 gb ram?
Would it use this lower end SoC found from 620 and 8S or the same S4 dual core 1.5ghz + 1GB RAM found from 920, ATIV S etc.
saving money for my first LUMIA.. excited :))
I hope instead of the 3.7 inch display of 620 it would be 4 inch, 1300 mah vs 1600 mah, 8gb vs. 16 gb internal memory + m.c. , a 1 gb of ram instead of the 512 ram of 620. And that would be a perfect mid range smartphone, also add wireless charging. Go Nokia
Nokia used to be king here; they have given up. They could easily fill markets like India and all of Middle East, and make piles of money.
1. Price: $249 vs $384
2. Screen: 3.8" TFT Clear Black WVGA 246 ppi vs 4.0" SLCD WVGA 223 ppi
3. Storage 8 GB vs 4 GB
4. NFC=Yes vs NFC=No
2. AMOLED (bet you is pentile) vs SLCD.
3. Both support Micro-SD.
4. Cheap plastic peace of crap vs Beautiful design and build quality.
5. Shitty camera (Nokia's cameras have not been good in a while, except the Pureview 808, and the Lumia 920... in low light, because in daylight its kinda shitty) vs Decent Camera.
6. 1300 vs 1700
The build quality alone is enough for the 8S to be a better option. The Lumia 620 is just cheap, that's all.
That said, I think the Lumia 920 can do fairly well in the Middle East, at least in the UAE and Qatar I know for a fact that Nokia has solid brand recognition. However, the Lumia 620 and 510 (on 7.8) should be pushed aggressively as the ideal mid and low-end options, respectively.
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The ophone is find as it is asquare.
Also in pictures Nokia phones always look thick than in person. Lumia 900 looks thick but i find it too thin for my liking.
This kind of devices are the real thing that WP8 needs more than anything else. I hope Nokia will rise once more, afterall they are the most innovative mobile business in the whole industry.
But now with WP8, I'm ready to embrace change!
Really though, they definitely need to come up with a 4.0" 720, and then maybe a 3.5" 520 or a 4.8" 1020, then the WP8 portfolio will be complete.
Once the lineup is complete, refresh the entire lineup all at once after 1-2 years... And get people talking!
HTC blew it with the 'budget boat' for 8S - 4GB ? at 339 euros and no NFC, they need to drop the price immediately to 229 euro. Lumia 620 wins ! Interested in the upcoming 4" Lumia 720 design, why didn't they introduced it now ? They want to release it in February or what ? soooo slow