Nokia announces the 4.7-inch Lumia 625 Windows Phone

It seems like all the earlier leaks and rumors were correct as Nokia has just unveiled the brand new Lumia 625.

This is a low-end smartphone but it comes with some high-end specs such as:

  • A massive 4.7-inch curved-glass screen 800 x 480 resolution
  • 1.2 GHz Dual-Core Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 CPU and 512 MB RAM
  • 8GB on board storage expandable to 64GB with MicroSD
  • Nokia’s custom Camera apps
  • Super-sensitive display technology.
  • 5 Megapixel camera capable of 1080p video recording
  • Front-facing VGA camera for video calls. 

This new device also follows the “classic” Lumia design with replaceable semi-transparent shells that come in a multitude in bright and fresh colors including Orange, Bright Green and Yellow.

The Lumia 625 also supports LTE so you get high speed internet wherever you go and it packs a decent 2000 mAh battery. According to Nokia you can get up to 23 hours of talk time, up to 6.8 hours of video playback and up to 23 days of standby. 

We’ve seen Nokia have a lot of success in developing markets with the Lumia 520, and now they’re trying to follow-up with the Lumia 625. A focus on this segment is by all estimates the way forward in a market that’s saturated with high-end phones and where there are billions of consumers that have yet to own a smartphone.

The Lumia 625 will be launching in the third quarter of this year and it will retail for around $290 without a carrier plan.

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People hating on this phone are completely missing the point. This is not a high end device, this is an affordable mid-range device (keyword here being affordable). If this had 1GB RAM and high DPI screen then it will be a Lumia 9XX grade device which would've cost $500+, not $290...

This is truly awful in a number of ways. First the resolution is so low for that display size that it feels like going back to first smartphone days. Then there is altogether too little RAM and to top it off the design itself doesn't look like it's suited for a phone this big, making for something that is awkward to hold.

I don't care if it's for developing markets or low end, that phone should've never gone beyond the idea stage.

LaXu said,
I don't care if it's for developing markets or low end, that phone should've never gone beyond the idea stage.

It would cost twice the price if it had the specs you want.

Why only 512MB of RAM?? WP handsets with such low will exhibit some slowdowns in multitasking. Not to mention some games which require 1GB. That kinda defeats the purpose of having a large screen.

yowanvista said,
Why only 512MB of RAM?? WP handsets with such low will exhibit some slowdowns in multitasking. Not to mention some games which require 1GB. That kinda defeats the purpose of having a large screen.

If you think that way, this device is not for you/your market. There is a whole world outside of your country you know?

yowanvista said,
Why only 512MB of RAM?? WP handsets with such low will exhibit some slowdowns in multitasking. Not to mention some games which require 1GB. That kinda defeats the purpose of having a large screen.

Because it's a budget device for people who want a large screen?

yowanvista said,
Why only 512MB of RAM?? WP handsets with such low will exhibit some slowdowns in multitasking. Not to mention some games which require 1GB. That kinda defeats the purpose of having a large screen.

Fun fact - 99.7% of WP apps compatible with 512MB RAM.

And this is the thing with WP, it doesn't need extra grunt to run, unlike some other mobile OS. Plus this isn't a high end device. But I would expect 1GB RAM in low to mid range devices in the next 3-4 months. The way Nokia is going, we are pretty much getting atleast 1 new device every month.

I guess my only concern is with the relatively low clock speed dual core chip and huge display, it might not be all that speedy. But there's no doubting it sounds like great value and the battery life sounds mighty impressive.

It's an S4 it should be able to handle anything you throw at it. Plus the display is huge but the resolution isn't so it's not pushing that many pixels around.

Vlad Dudau said,
It's an S4 it should be able to handle anything you throw at it. Plus the display is huge but the resolution isn't so it's not pushing that many pixels around.

This is the key, the res was kept down while upping the screen size so in the end it doesn't effect battery and you actually get more time than you would've with a 1080p 4.7" device.

I think the 512MB ram is more limiting than anything else, would've been better with 1GB and I don't think it would've effected the price all that much.

Vlad Dudau said,
It's an S4 it should be able to handle anything you throw at it. Plus the display is huge but the resolution isn't so it's not pushing that many pixels around.

Good point

Chicane-UK said,
I guess my only concern is with the relatively low clock speed dual core chip and huge display, it might not be all that speedy. But there's no doubting it sounds like great value and the battery life sounds mighty impressive.

It will run just fine and actually since most devs are testing their apps on the 512MB emulators when it comes to #WPDev since the vast majority of users are on Lumia 520's and similar devices, all of which have 512 MB RAM. All developer ambassadors constantly remind people that as well. Other than that the OS itself runs smooth as butter (so do the vast majority of the apps)

GP007 said,

This is the key, the res was kept down while upping the screen size so in the end it doesn't effect battery and you actually get more time than you would've with a 1080p 4.7" device.

I think the 512MB ram is more limiting than anything else, would've been better with 1GB and I don't think it would've effected the price all that much.

Brace yourselves; Lumia 725 with 1 GB RAM coming next week!

kaizad1993 said,

Brace yourselves; Lumia 725 with 1 GB RAM coming next week!

Heh, you joke but it wouldn't surprise me if they do make a 725 with 1GB of RAM being the only difference.

georgevella said,
"$290 without a carrier plan." That's a good price even when including EU taxes

It's hard to find a smartphone with that size screen for that price IMO. Normally the bigger the screen the higher the price of the device overall.

I was quoting from the article: "According to Nokia you can get up to 23 hours of talk time, up to 6.8 hours of video playback and up to 23 days of standby. "

23 hours seems more realistic than 23 days, definitely.