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 Nokia Lumia 620 Available now
5th December 2012

The Nokia Lumia 620 is Nokia's cheapest Windows Phone 8 device yet, and is a straight replacement for the Windows Phone 7.5 based Nokia 610.

This is an attractive smartphone with an attractive price, but the Lumia 610 was the least popular of the old Lumia range and it is unlikely that the Lumia 620 will fly off the shelves either.

A quick tour around the specifications show that this is a lower-midrange device with a 3.8" 480 x 800 pixel display, a 5 megapixel primary camera with 720p HD video capture, plus a 0.3 megapixel camera for video calling. Inside is a dual-core 1GHz processor with 512MB of RAM and 8GB of internal flash memory plus a microSD slot for more. NFC support is available but appears to be an optional extra.

The display is Nokia's pleasing ClearBlack type, the Lumia 620's camera has multishot capabilities and all sorts of other clever software tricks, and there are other features such as free music streaming that look interesting. It's not a bad looking device either, and it will be available in a seven different colours.

 Nokia Lumia 620 The usual smartphone features are here too, including GPS and GLONASS capabilities, WiFi, 3.5G support, Bluetooth, USB connectivity and a 3.5mm audio connector with a stereo wired headset in the standard package. The Lumia 620 supports HSPA+ high-speed data, giving download speeds of up to 21 Mbps.

The Lumia 620 measures 115 x 61 x 11mm and weighs 127 grams, and the 1300 mAh battery is quoted as giving up to 10 hours talktime and 13 days standby time.

Priced at around $249 or €190 before tax and subsidy, the Lumia 620 is pretty decent value for money. But the problem is that it is competing with a whole bunch of other smartphones which are also attractively priced. Technology fans will probably be drawn to the superlative Lumia 920, people in this sort of price range will probably be distracted by the mass of competing Android devices.

Still, the Lumia 620 looks smart and distinctly different, and it's certainly cheaper than an iPhone. If you're in the market for something like this, then Nokia say that it should be available in January 2013.

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Nokia Lumia 620 at a glance

Available:

Q1 2013

Network:

GSM 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900

UMTS 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900

Data:

GPRS + EDGE + UMTS (3G) + HSPA+ + WiFi

Screen:

3.8" 480 x 800 pixels

Camera:

5 megapixels (main)

0.3 megapixels (sub)

Size:

Medium tablet smartphone

115 x 61 x 11mm / 127 grams

Bluetooth:

Yes

Memory card:

MicroSD (8GB internal)

Infra-red:

No

Polyphonic:

Yes

Java:

No

GPS:

Yes (plus GLONASS)

OS:

Windows Phone 8

Battery life:

10 hours talk / 13 days standby

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