After unveiling two big Windows Phone 8 powered devices, Lumia 820 and Lumia 920, Nokia has announced a budget Windows Phone 8 device for the masses. Nokia unveiled Nokia Lumia 620 at Paris on Wednesday with a price tag of $249 only. This made us all aware that like Windows Phone 7, Windows Phone 8 devices can also have budget models.
Lumia 620 is the third and most affordable Windows Phone 8 device by Nokia. With its price tag, it will be a highly competitive smartphone. Lets take look at the smartphone.
Nokia Lumia 620
Processor & RAM
One of the most surprising feature of the phone is the dual-core CPU, at such a jaw dropping price tag. Lumia 620 is powered by Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 chipset with 1 GHz Krait processor having dual-core architecture that is a performance powerhouse.
Alongside, Lumia 620 has 512MB of RAM which has been turned as the downside of the device. It’s WP7 which requires atleast 512MB of RAM and not Windows Phone 8. With such a small RAM size, the device will in all likelihood be facing frequent lags with its interface or in-app performance. This lag is experienced by some users who had hand’s on the device at the Paris event. With increase in the apps count, this phone won’t provide the same multitasking experience as expected.
Lumia 620 features a screen-size of 3.8-inch having stock resolution of 480 x 800 pixels (~246ppi). Like the Lumia 920 / 820, Nokia has managed to bring the same petite display and use of ClearBack Display technology to its entry-level phone.
Though the pixel density is low as compared to other smartphone in the markets, it’s not a factor to worry about. Some people may find 3.8-inch screen very small and from 2008-ish era, but considering the entry- level hardware, it is fine. Also there will be no problem while tapping the live tiles, either.
Lumia 620 comes with built-in internal storage of 8GB, but that’s not all. Like Lumia 820, it also supports microSD card slot for storage expansion. This is one of the major shortcomings of WP7 devices which Microsoft overcame here. The microSD card supports storage expansion upto 64GB that means you will never run out of storage.
It comes with 5MP rear camera that is capable of taking photographs of 2592 x 1936 resolution and supports 720p video recording. This is no big thing here, as these are the traditional camera specs of any entry-level phone. There are no reports on the actual image quality, it will be known once the device is in the market.
Yes, there’s a front camera too. It’s a VGA camera having low pixel count of 0.3MP which will serve the best for video calling or Skype-ing.
It supports Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n connectivity with dual-band support of 2.4GHz and 5GHz bandwidth. Along with this, it is also compatible with NFC (Near-field communication), thanks to Windows Phone 8 operating system.
Dimensions & Design
Lumia 620 is 115.4 mm tall, 61.1 mm by width and 11 mm in-depth. Yes, it is comparatively a thick phone, but that will add sturdiness to it. Even if it is thick, it is not as heavy as other Lumia’s, as it weights only 127 grams.
The shell is bestowed with elegant colors, for which Lumia series is well-known for. Lumia 620 offer a variety of colors to be chosen from black and white, along with cyan, lime green, magenta, orange, and yello, however, the color availability will differ from region to region.
Reports say Lumia 620 is backed up by 1300 mAh offering standby time of 330 hours and up to 10 hours talk time on 3G. That’s decent, but it will vary depending on the actual use.
Nokia Lumia 620 Price and Release Date
There is no word on the availability of Lumia 620, but Nokia has revealed the price tag that is $249 as an unlocked variant.
UPDATE: Lumia 620 will be available in India in March 2013.