Nokia unveils budget Windows Phone 8 Lumia 620 handset [Update]

The Executive VP of Design, Marko Ahtisaari at Nokia, has unveiled its latest Windows Phone 8 device: the Nokia Lumia 620 at the LeWeb conference which is taking place in Paris this week.

This wallet friendly device costs just $249 or 190 euros (before taxes) and comes in no less than seven swappable shells in gloss or matte depending on the color, some of which are new; according to TechCrunch: "overlaying one translucent color layer over an opaque layer to produce new shades such as lime green and orange." 

The screen is also a bit smaller than other WP8 offerings by Nokia at 3.8-inches, and features Nokia’s ClearBlack display WVGA screen running at 800 x 480 resolution and a Qualcomm S4 1GHz dual-core GPU.

There's also a 5-megapixel rear camera and a front facing VGA one, 8GB of internal storage but that's also complimented with a microSD card slot.

NFC for linking up with accessories such as speakers is also included, an “especially loud speaker” on the back of the phone, and Nokia-specific Windows Phone 8 apps/features — such as SmartShoot, Cinemagraph and City Lens.

The Lumia 620 adds a relatively smaller and cheaper solution to Windows Phone 8 offerings; “We knew there was space in the portfolio for something more compact,” said Ahtisaari, adding: 

“Something that fit beautifully in the palm of the hand. But something that still had the camera, a solid camera, and the signature apps that Nokia is noted for. And as well we wanted something that would take our pure color story and just give it a burst of playfulness — mix it up a little bit.”

This device will begin shipping in the Asia-Pacific and Middle East markets from January, with Europe and other markets to follow.

Update: The unveiling can be viewed in the video below:

Jump to 14:30 for the Lumia 620 announcement, or click here to open the video at that point in a new window.

Sources: TechCrunch & The Verge | Image via The Verge

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daddy_spank said,
One of the most downloaded applications, WhatsApp is still not available for WP8. Only WP 7.5. What is going on!

It has been confirmed that the WP8 version is still in development and it roughly 6 times faster than the current WP7 version. Hopefully it will be released soon. But you still can load the current 7.5 version on WP8 if you know where to look.

There are some "budget" Android phones that don't look at ugly. Example the new Galaxy S Mini. Also Samsung release another Galaxy looking device the S DUOS Which still looks way better than the above.

Since it only cost the manufacturer $200 to make even flagship devices, any phone could be toughted as Budget. Maybe it costed less than $100 to build that phone, but for $100 I am sure they could have done better.

If Windows Phone wants to mive forward and hit into those low budget markets where Symbian use to rule and has been all but demolished by Android, then they need to compete on a very similar level or better. The HTC 8 series budget model, the S I believe looks way better and I considered it ugly.

TechieXP said,
There are some "budget" Android phones that don't look at ugly. Example the new Galaxy S Mini. Also Samsung release another Galaxy looking device the S DUOS Which still looks way better than the above.

Since it only cost the manufacturer $200 to make even flagship devices, any phone could be toughted as Budget. Maybe it costed less than $100 to build that phone, but for $100 I am sure they could have done better.

If Windows Phone wants to mive forward and hit into those low budget markets where Symbian use to rule and has been all but demolished by Android, then they need to compete on a very similar level or better. The HTC 8 series budget model, the S I believe looks way better and I considered it ugly.

wow this phone is definatly not ugly and does not look cheap, most budget android handsets do look cheap and are for the most part clones of eachother and pretty ugly and a buggy OS too.

I bet HTC are not liking this. The 620 will be in direct competition with the 8S which up until now was the only mid range WP8 phone available. But HTC only have themselves to blame, they shipped a mid range phone with just 4GB of storage. 3GB of which is taken up by the OS.

Richard Cousins said,
I bet HTC are not liking this. The 620 will be in direct competition with the 8S which up until now was the only mid range WP8 phone available. But HTC only have themselves to blame, they shipped a mid range phone with just 4GB of storage. 3GB of which is taken up by the OS.

plus no front facing camera and no NFC
the only advantages i can see is gorilla glass and 1700mAh battery 4inch screen

subcld said,
nice and affordable with good spec love you nokia
lets hope for 710 successor

I'm waiting for a lumia 720 too. 620 is a nice phone but its 512 MB memory is a no go for me.
In MS' guidlines for WP8, 512 is considered a small memory and thus might not be compatible with all apps.

I am very tempted to get this as an upgrade from my current LG Optimus 7, they basically packed in most of the features of the 820 in a much more palatable size & price.

I was going to say before this article updated that the only thing putting me off is the glossy back, now they have a matte back option I'm tempted to get one.

this is the phone that will bring folks to come out an buy Nokia in my country.. seems like a good budget phone to me.

I can't see there being any more WP7 releases. Why would they bother?

I'm really excited to see it Nokia can pull this off. Their Lumia phones seem to be the goods, and I have a feeling they are going to do very well across the globe.

Nashy said,
I can't see there being any more WP7 releases. Why would they bother?

What's your point? Why are you talking about WP7? This thing runs WP8.

rfirth said,

What's your point? Why are you talking about WP7? This thing runs WP8.

The post above mine seems to have been deleted. It was in response to a previous comment by someone wondering why Nokia hadn't released any WP7.x phones.

Nashy said,
I can't see there being any more WP7 releases. Why would they bother?

I'm really excited to see it Nokia can pull this off. Their Lumia phones seem to be the goods, and I have a feeling they are going to do very well across the globe.


more affordable devices
they want to reach the lowest prices as much as they can

subcld said,

more affordable devices
they want to reach the lowest prices as much as they can

More affordable than $250? Good luck.

There is no way Nokia would keep Windows Phone 7 alive. Two eco systems for their customers, and two different systems for their people to support. Won't happen.

Nashy said,
I can't see there being any more WP7 releases. Why would they bother?

I'm really excited to see it Nokia can pull this off. Their Lumia phones seem to be the goods, and I have a feeling they are going to do very well across the globe.

This is a budget WP8 device. But yes there will be more WP7.8 devices coming also at an even cheaper price point just like the recently announce L510. WP7.8 will not be going anywhere for awhile as this is the phones that will compete with the cheap crappy android phones out there.

korupt_one said,

This is a budget WP8 device. But yes there will be more WP7.8 devices coming also at an even cheaper price point just like the recently announce L510. WP7.8 will not be going anywhere for awhile as this is the phones that will compete with the cheap crappy android phones out there.

That's just stupid IMO. At least those horrid Android phones are all in the same eco system.

Nashy said,

More affordable than $250? Good luck.

There is no way Nokia would keep Windows Phone 7 alive. Two eco systems for their customers, and two different systems for their people to support. Won't happen.


yes there will be even more cheap phones
one of them Nokia lumia 505 its going to be the cheapest lumia phone they will start launching it exclusively to telcel Mexico in the beginning
http://www.gsmarena.com/budget...ely_to_mexico-news-5167.php

"This wallet friendly device costs just $249 or 190 euros" - how much will it cost in Australia? Hopefully it doesn't end up in an exclusive deal with Telstra.

Telstra = $$$

68k said,
"This wallet friendly device costs just $249 or 190 euros" - how much will it cost in Australia? Hopefully it doesn't end up in an exclusive deal with Telstra.

Telstra = $$$

Don't worry man it will probably be around $280 in stores and $250 from places like mobiciti but if it does however go up by a lot there is always the option of buying an international version because it will work with our network!

68k said,
"This wallet friendly device costs just $249 or 190 euros" - how much will it cost in Australia? Hopefully it doesn't end up in an exclusive deal with Telstra.

Telstra = $$$

Exclusive deals are bull****. I ordered the phone as an MRP through Telstra on my business account. I will be putting my Vodafone SIM in it.

Hopefully the Business Centre will be getting my unit in next week.

68k said,
"This wallet friendly device costs just $249 or 190 euros" - how much will it cost in Australia? Hopefully it doesn't end up in an exclusive deal with Telstra.

Telstra = $$$

Telstra = $$$ = Superior Service

You get what you pay for when it comes to Telstra.

Heydos said,

Telstra = $$$ = Superior Service

You get what you pay for when it comes to Telstra.

You get great coverage, but not good value.

For $10 a month on another service, I can get $150 worth of calls, and 200MB of data (with eBay and social sites unmetered). Try getting that on Telstra pre-paid, for the same price.

In regards to internet, by getting off Telstra, I now have unmetered access to SourceForge and an FTP mirror containing all the popular Linux distros and open source software.

I am happy I shopped around - I think I have saved a few hundred dollars since switching.

Nice, I still see the older 610 being sold in carrier shops around here, with another low cost 620 and more marketing the 620 should do well. I'm kinda surprised there hasn't been a new 7xx lumia yet though.

I agree that giving options to your customers is the right thing. What I dont know its if having so many different designs is the right idea. Why not making a base design and adapt it?

sanctified said,
I agree that giving options to your customers is the right thing. What I dont know its if having so many different designs is the right idea. Why not making a base design and adapt it?

Different designs suit different people and so having lots of choice is something many people like!

ingramator said,

Different designs suit different people and so having lots of choice is something many people like!

Apple and Sony can tell a different story. While Sony has a little more variation the Xperia series are very similar among them and still have very attractive designs.

sanctified said,

Apple and Sony can tell a different story. While Sony has a little more variation the Xperia series are very similar among them and still have very attractive designs.

That's true but I think Apples rule of one size fits all isn't going to last much longer because too many people have the same thing.

ingramator said,

That's true but I think Apples rule of one size fits all isn't going to last much longer because too many people have the same thing.

However that's Apple's limit. Size, not shape.

sanctified said,
I agree that giving options to your customers is the right thing. What I dont know its if having so many different designs is the right idea. Why not making a base design and adapt it?

i think they've kept the same design principles... looks like a shrunken 820

dooksifut said,

i think they've kept the same design principles... looks like a shrunken 820

Oh but they changed the image since I first commented. Now it looks nicer and matter. In the original one it looked like cheap shiny plastic.

This is awesome news! Just read about it then and it looks really good. Definitely out there to compete with the low end Android phones! GO WP8!

ingramator said,
This is awesome news! Just read about it then and it looks really good. Definitely out there to compete with the low end Android phones! GO WP8!

I think this is the first in series to support external card for memory expansion ?