Online UK mobile phone retailer Unlocked Mobiles has the Lumia 620 available for pre-order, with the first batch of stock expected at the end of January. The Windows Phone 8 has officially launched in China, but will be hitting other markets over the holidays and into 2013. As a low-level handset, it might not pack advanced features, but running Windows Phone 8 and at an affordable price point - it's bound to be a popular choice.
Nokia's design chief unveiled the Lumia 620 back at LeWeb in Paris earlier this month. The device sports a 3.8" display (with Clear Black technology), 1GHz dual-core Snapdragon S4, much like the HTC 8S, has 512MB RAM, 8GB storage (with MicroSD card support), 5MP rear camera (with front-facing camera), NFC, and weighs in at 127g.
As well as hardware specifications, consumers who choose the Lumia 620 also open up the gates to the Nokia Collection of OEM apps. Free maps, turn-by-turn navigation, music and more is available through the Windows Phone Store. Nokia has done a superb job introducing a low-level Windows Phone 8 device that's cheaper than the HTC 8S and is more powerful - let's not even begin on the lack of a front-facing camera on the 8S. The only downside is the Lumia 620 only packs a 1300mAh battery.
Phone Seven previously got their hands on the Lumia 620 and published a video walkthrough of the device.
The unlocked Windows Phone is going for £174.98 at Unlocked Mobiles, including VAT. As mentioned above, the specifications aren't anything to shout about, but at the price of just under £200, no one can deny that the company has created something special with Windows Phone 8 loaded. The 8GB storage and MicroSD support will also go a long way.
We expect other retailers to follow with similar pricing and estimated dates of availability.
Source: Unlocked Mobiles
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