Microsoft’s Windows Phone 8 OS is in full flow now with devices like the Nokia Lumia 920 and the HTC 8X doing fairly well in the market. Although the Lumia 920 isn’t available everywhere right now, it has built up certain amount of hype globally. And it seems like Nokia has something in store for its fans deprived of the Lumia 920, with the company taking the wraps off the new low cost Lumia 620. As you would have guessed, this is a mid-ranged device and will sell in key markets like India, China, UK and elsewhere in Asia, Europe and the Middle East. The handset features Windows Phone 8 and officially marks Nokia’s entry into the mid-range WP8 segment. HTC is already in the scene with its mid-ranged Windows Phone 8S in the market.
As the name suggests, this is the successor of the Lumia 610 which is a WP7.5 running smartphone launched just a few months ago. This smartphone has the new look and feel introduced with the WP8 Lumias, and comes in a range of color variants. The device will start selling in Asian markets in January 2013 followed by Middle Eastern and European markets shortly after that. One can purchase the Lumia 620 in Black, White, Cyan, Orange, Magenta, Lime Green and Yellow color variants, which is a lot of colors to choose from. There’s no word on the kind of body construction the new Lumia 620 is using, but it should be pretty much up there with the rest of the Lumia gang. The device seems to be an exclusive to the European, Asian and Middle Eastern markets as there’s no LTE on this smartphone. But that shouldn’t stop Nokia from launching it on T-Mobile here in the States which boasts of a decent HSPA+ network. The Lumia 620 has all the app goodies that come bundled with Nokia Windows Phones, which is a major advantage Nokia has over other WP8 OEMs. The Nokia Drive app in particular is very handy, which now comes with free voice guided navigation for life. Then there’s the handy Nokia City Lens app and the Nokia Music app to name a few others.
Hardware wise, the Nokia Lumia 620 isn’t all that bad either. Running on the Snapdragon S4 dual core chipset clocked at 1 GHz, the Lumia 620 is pretty much on par with the rest of the WP8 gang, although with a slightly underclocked processor. The smartphone also features a 3.8-inch ClearBlack LCD with a resolution of 480×800, a 5MP rear camera accompanied by a VGA front facing camera. The primary camera is capable of recording 720p video at 30fps. The device is believed to be priced somewhere close to $249 when made available in respective markets. It seems like Nokia wants all its bases covered when it comes to smartphones, and that’s not a bad way to go. Let’s see how the markets respond to this low cost offering from the Finns.