Lumia 620

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. 

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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