Nokia announced a new Windows Phone 8 device today, the Lumia 620, the next generation successor to the Lumia 610, another budget priced device. I say budget, because the Lumia 620 is meant to be a contract free, unsubsidized smartphone, while only costing the customer $250. Because of the cheaper price tag, don’t expect the same high-end specs found in other Windows Phone 8 devices, like the Lumia 920′s 4.5-inch PureMotion HD+ Display and Snapdragon S4 class processor, or that amazing 8.7-megapixel camera. Instead, the Lumia 620 will sport a smaller 3.8-inch display with a lower resolution (800×480), a slower 1GHz dual core processor (still a Qualcomm Snagdragon), 512MB RAM and only 8GB of internal storage. The storage, thankfully, can be upgraded up to the maximum amount of 64GB, plus there is also 7GB of free storage via Microsoft’s SkyDrive when you buy the Lumia 620.
Like everything else, the camera has been downgraded too, to just a 5-megapixel shooter, but it does use the same lens as the one found in both the Lumia 820 and 920. Despite the lower grade specs, Nokia did include NFC into the 620, so things like mobile payments can be used, once a fully functioning wallet app is implemented in specific regions.
Nokia plans to roll out the Lumia 620 in Asia first starting in January 2013, it will then be followed by both Europe and the Middle East. As I mentioned earlier, the price point for the Lumia 620 is expected to be around $250, off contract and there is also one more feature that Nokia included with the 620, like they did with the 920. The 620 will be available in multiple colors, like Yellow, Cyan, Orange, Lime Green, Magenta, White and of course, Black. However, unlike the 920, Nokia used something called “dual shot color,” which basically adds an additional layer of translucent color on top of the primary color, together these colors will mix and create an interesting effect.
Perhaps the only downside of the 620, would be its thickness, the device is a bit of a ham, but for only $250… I guess one can’t really argue. Unless you go outside of the Windows Phone ecosystem and compare the 620 to the Google Nexus 4, which is also an off-contract phone. For just $50 more, you can have access to over 700k apps, an 4.7-inch IPS HD display, Android 4.2 with Google Now, Photosphere, and a more powerful quad-core processor. I guess it really comes down to only two things, which platform you want to become invested and how much money you want to spend. Personally, for only $50 more, I find the Nexus 4 more appealing, but that’s just me.