Nokia’s Windows Phone 8 campaign got off to a flying start with the long-awaited Lumia 920 release date a few weeks ago, with a selection of mid-range handsets then joining the affray to appeal to those with less-deep pockets. This week however has seen the Finnish group go one step further, with the release of the Nokia Lumia 620 Windows Phone which packs specs and features far above its $249 price-tag.
Heck – even the fact that it carries Windows Phone 8 at this stage makes $249 incredibly low for a contract-free phone.
The launch of the Lumia 620 represents Nokia’s most decisive efforts so far to bring Windows Phone 8 to the masses, not only sporting an exceptionally affordable price and generous specs, but also the kind of good looks and vibrancy that became the trademark of the Lumia range. Its touchscreen isn’t quite on par with its bigger brothers of course, but 4-inches of display real estate is little to be sniffed at for this kind of money.
Transparent skins for the Lumia 620 will allow owners to create any number of color effects and hues, while its overall form factor and appeal really isn’t far from its high-end brethren. Under the hood, the 620 features a dual-core 1GHz processor backed by 512MB of RAM and storage space of 8GB – this can however be increased to 64GB with microSD.
Add the above to other key specs and features including a decent enough camera, NFC and a sprinkling of Nokia’s best apps and the result is the kind of bargain that could just give the LG Nexus 4 a run for its money.
Unfortunately there is a sting in the tail of the story – we’ve been warned by those in the known not to expect Nokia to announce a Lumia 620 release date for the US anytime soon – maybe even at all. As major carriers in the US continue to push the Nokia Lumia 920, 820, 822 and 810, chances are the announced markets for the Lumia 620 – Europe, Asia, Middle East and Africa – will be all that’s coming for the time being.