Thursday, December 06, 2012

Nokia intros Lumia 620: smaller, softer, rounded with NFC, priced at $249

No one can say Nokia is not trying, in terms of trying to resurrect itself. On Wednesday, the company unveiled its latest Windows Phone 8 device: the Nokia Lumia 620.

Marko Ahtisaari, Executive VP of Design, Nokia, detailed the device; he was speaking at the LeWeb conference which is taking place this week in Paris.

The device bucks the trend of bigger, bigger, bigger screens by using a 3.8-inch ClearBlack display with a resolution of 800 x 480. It sports a 1GHz dual-core Snapdragon S4 processor, 512MB of RAM, 8GB internal storage, microSD support (up to 64GB), and 7GB Microsoft SkyDrive cloud storage.

Front camera supports VGA, while the rear camera is 5MP with 720p video recording at 30fps.

Network-wise, the device supports CDMA 850/900/1900/2100 GSM/EDGE 850/900/1800/1900 with HSPA+ cat14 (21Mbps) and HSUPA 5.7Mbps.

The 620 has interchangeable shells with seven colors: lime green, orange, magenta, yellow, cyan, white and black (go figure) in gloss and matte finishes depending on the color. Nokia is saying that by overlaying one translucent color layer over an opaque layer it has produce what it calls new “bold blends” with a “depth effect.”

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The device has a softer, rounder form factor when compared to the 820 and 920. The phone will cost $249 (before taxes), which Nokia said was its most inexpensive Windows Phone 8 device by far.

Despite the low price the device will support Near-Field Communication (NFC).

It is scheduled to ship in January, to APAC, the Middle East and Africa first. Europe and Canada will follow “soon thereafter."

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