249 Nokia Lumia 620 brings Windows Phone 8 on the cheap

first_imgNokia has announced the newest member of its Windows Phone 8 family, the Lumia 620. Like the higher-end Lumia 920 and 820, it’s being produced in an array of bold colors, but the Lumia 620 is the grunt in this army. It’s a bargain-priced, entry-level device aimed at first-time smartphone buyers and those with limited budgets — or even folks that don’t want to subsidize a new phone by locking themselves into a contract. At just $249 to buy outright, the Lumia 620 is going to attract plenty of attention.Its specs are modest: a 1GHz dual-core Qualcomm Snapdragon processor, 512MB of RAM, and 8GB of internal storage (which is expandable via a microSD slot). Its 3.8-inch, 800 x 480 display won’t rival the Oppo Find 5, but Nokia does say that it features the same daylight readability tweaks as the Lumia 920 and 820. NFC support is also built in, so Lumia 620 owners will still be able to enjoy functionality like the slick tap-to-send file transfers that works with Windows 8 Ultrabooks.And because the Lumia 620 has a half gig of RAM, you’ll be able to use its VGA front-facing camera to make Skype video calls to your friends and family. A 5MP shooter sits on the rear, and power is supplied by a rather scant 1300mAh battery (about 30% less capacity than the battery in the Lumia 820).The Lumia 620 will go on sale some time in the first quarter of 2013. Right now, it’s set to roll out in Asia first and then head to the EMEA territories. “Additional countries” will see it arrive later, though the US and Canada haven’t been specifically mentioned. It’d be a shame if Nokia didn’t bring the Lumia 620 to North America. A bargain-basement WP8 device in eye-catching colors like these could provide a real boost for Microsoft’s mobile platform.More at Nokia and Engadgetlast_img read more

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