After a brief chat with some of Nokia’s UK BigWigs earlier this morning, we got our hands on the newest of the company’s Windows Phone 8 devices. Hitting stores today, the Nokia Lumia 620 is aiming to bring the premium features of the Lumia 820 and 920 into the market at a significantly lower price point.
Naturally there are a few features which had to be trimmed off for this new entry-level handset to make the grade, but the base experience still aims to out do similarly priced rivals with a distinctive design and access to Nokia’s unique services, not to mention some punchy hardware.
Our first sense of the Lumia 620 was good. The design is distinctly Nokia and it looks like a natural progression from the Lumia 820, with heavily rounded corners and edges on its back. Like the 820, it also features a removable back panel with the ability to swap out different colours. The lime green seen here is a dual-layer translucent green over matt yellow, whilst the black, white, cyan, magenta and yellow cases all feature a matt finish atop the base matt colour. The removable back also hides the 620’s NFC chip, a 1300mAh battery, room for a microSD card (up to 64GB) and a microSIM.
Naturally, being part of the latest batch of Lumias means that the 620 runs Windows Phone 8, complete with all of Nokia’s core unique features. Users will be able to make use of Nokia Drive, Nokia Music and Nokia Transport as well as handy camera features like; SmartShoot and City Lens. The snappy user experience also comes courtesy of a 1GHz dual-core Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 chip and 512MB of RAM, with 8GB of onboard storage, 7GB of SkyDrive cloud storage and of course the aforementioned SD card expandability.
Despite being classed as an entry level device, Nokia have also granted the Lumia 620 with front and rear facing cameras, the front is a lowly VGA snapped, for video calls, whilst the rear is a 5-megapixel autofocus unit complete with LED flash. All this impressive tech has then been packed into a device with a 3.8-inch ClearBlack display that makes it easy to hold and easy to slip in the pocket.
As the phone also launched today, prospective buyers looking to get a low cost slice of Nokia’s Windows Phone 8 experience can grab one from O2 for £149.99 on PAYG in black with an addition coloured cover of your choice thrown in, Three will be publishing their pricing for the black 620 later today and Vodafone have white and cyan units on offer.