Nokia announces budget-friendly Lumia 620, to cost under $250

Daniel Bader

December 5, 2012 1:11pm

Nokia has announced, alongside an updated Lumia 920 for China, the entry-level Lumia 620.

The follow-up to the popular Lumia 610, which was released in Canada on a number of carriers earlier this year, will run Windows Phone 8 but will otherwise have very similar specs to its predecessor. With a 3.8-inch 800×480 LCD display, a 1GHz dual-core Snapdragon S4 Plus SoC, 512MB RAM, 8GB internal storage (expandable), a 5MP camera that shoots 720p video, WiFi, NFC and Bluetooth 3.0.

The phone will have personalized backplates with “Dual-shot colour”, likely with the same gorgeous, matte material of its more expensive counterparts. Though the back is removable the 1300mAh battery is not, but we wouldn’t expect you to have too much trouble keeping the Lumia 620 ticking all day.

Launching in January for $249 in Asia, it will expand to other territories later in the year. No word on whether Canadian carriers will pick up the little guy, but there’s no question that this will be a safe upgrade over your Lumia 610, if you’re into that sort of thing. You can read our Lumia 610 review, too.

Via: Engadget

  • Cody

    I love where Nokia is putting their lock buttons, and the colours!

  • deltatux

    For many older parents, this would be a great phone. They normally associate with Nokia and the price is very attractive. Personally, I’d go with Android but this phone is still quite an interesting offer.

  • astudent

    $250 for a dual core slick OS experience and exclusive Nokia apps with constant software support. Sign me up.

  • Michael

    Too low end for me, but that’s a great price for someone to try out Windows Phone 8. The specs are a bit dated, but once again Nokia delivers with eye catching hardware.

  • Steve

    The only thing that really scares me is the 512 RAM. I’m all for budget friendly phones but how much of a difference is there going to be from 512 MB to 1 GB? Probably significant? The price is definitely very nice though.

    Opinions?

  • Keith

    It’s not for me but this is probalby a good move by Nokia. That is quite stylish and well equipped for the budget conscious or anyone that doesn’t mind smaller screens.

  • Digger

    Good job Nokia & MS. I really think the marketing and integration aspect of Windows 8 / Windows Phone will propel Windows to a leading position in the smartphone market. I’m talking 5 years+ but they have the right strategy. Same User Experience on all devices. PC, Laptop, Phone, Surface. Lots of non tech people don’t want to learn new stuff & will just go with what they know.

  • Rajesh

    Hmm – if the specs on the Lumia 620 can get WP8, I wonder why the Lumia 900 couldn’t get WP8. I thought it might have been the limitation on the 512MB RAM, but the 620 has the same amount,

    • Keith

      It’s because of the chipset not the specs. Otherwise the 900 could easily handle WP8.

  • Artax

    Those stats smash my 610. 800mhz single core to a 1ghz duel core s4 plus is a pretty dramatic upgrade…double the ram. res is still the same though. Expandable memory is also a welcome addition. I wouldn’t say they are that similar other than in the numbers.

  • phil

    this thing needs a front facing cam. then i would buy it for my parents.

    • bilzkh

      It has a front-facing VGA.

  • RyanOver

    WINDOWS PHONE 8 IS SO SMOOTH, YOU WON’T FEEL ANY DIFFERENCE BETWEEN THIS AND THE NOKIA 920

  • D Bder

    I just logged onto to so.cl and you would not believe how popular this phone is. Ianything MS understates how popular the Nokia MS Lumia 620 really is as evidenced by checking out the social network

  • abusinessman

    $250 for colorful delight of a phone by Nokia with the robust desktop class IE10 browser by Microsoft. Sign me up.

  • SC

    I need a WP8 device and this looks like a good option. Nexus 7 tablet + WP8 = awesome

  • MC Gin

    What about 820? News on that device is almost non-existance.

  • mike

    Who’s Nokia? They are still around? I thought they’d be bankrupted by now lol. Isn’t Nokia selling off their assets in order to stay afloat. Nokia is on the brink of declaring bankruptcy pretty soon. They made huge mistakes and one of the biggest mistakes was going with Windows phone instead of a winning OS like Android.

    • BD

      @mike – Here ye here ye, here comes the troll singing “TROLOLOLO LO LOLOLO LO”

    • bilzkh

      …or maybe risk being another Android maker, because the most noticeable driver of Android phones right now seems to be Samsung, more than any one else.

  • Brad

    I went oh giddy! Another cheap Nokia phone but with Windows Phone 8. Maybe I won’t get a nexus 4. Until I saw 512MB of ram. My 610 has major issues with WP7 because of that, so I don’t want the phone. Sorry Nokia.

    • Keith

      Your 610 only had 256MB or RAM which they never should have allowed but Nokia insisted. 512 MB is more than enough for WP.

  • Sam

    @Brad Don’t go with Windows phone period, there garbage. Go either with a Galaxy Nexus, Nexus 4 or the best top of the line Galaxy S3 and be on a Winning OS like Android. And plus Windows phone have garbage apps and barely have any to download. Androids have over 500,000 apps available to download, and many of them are free.

    • jplunks

      How do you class the galaxy nexus over the nexus 4 and SG3? Was the galaxy nexus not a unpowered android device when compared to other android during the time that it was launched?

  • Mike

    Don’t buy this Nokia phone primarily because it carries the locked Windows Phone OS. Limited amount of APPS. 100K for WP versus 675K for Android.

    The Google Nexus 4 pounds this phone to dust. for just $50 more, the Nexus 4 comes with 2GB RAM. 8 MP Camera, 1080p HDMI MHL to TV DLNA media steaming, 2100mAh bigger battery, 16GB storage, bigger screen 4.7″ IPS display, 320ppi higher resolution, Fastest Quadcore processor on the market, insane amount of APPS, wireless charging, upgradeable OS, scratch resistant gorilla glass 2, supports LTE & international support for ALL carriers. slim profile and waaay sexier than the Nokia fisher price phone. Available Now.

    • jplunks

      So you use the HDMI on a regular basis along with DNLA that would murder your battery life, the 2gbs of ram is cool cuz it allows more power to be drained from the 2100 battery? Wireless charging can’t be found on any Nokia WP8 and multi carrier LTE networks can’t be used. I guess Nokia lied when the N8 came out with the pentaband that they copied the Nexus or any major brand as the first to implement this and the infamous OTG that’s Droid heads rave about. The first 2-3 years of android they started out with 500,000 apps, right? …yeah your argument is great.

  • truetrue

    “otherwise will have very similar specs to its predecessor”?

    What, are you an i***t? The 610 is a single core 800 mhz device with 256MB RAM. The 620 is DUAL CORE at 1ghz, with 512 MB RAM. A group of monkeys can write better than you clowns on this site.

  • Calvin

    Thanks Nokia, you just solved all my problems with current phone trends. A WP8 device under 4″ screen size is exactly what I’m looking for. New phone are too big.

  • glonq

    “The follow-up to the **popular** Lumia 610″. I don’t think that word means what they think it means ;)

    FWIW, for less money than a Lumia 620, you can get a Samsung Galaxy S II X, which features a 4.5″ screen (instead of 3.8″), dual 1.5ghz CPU (instead of 1.0ghz), 16GB storage (instead of 8GB), 8MP camera (instead of 5MP), 1080P video (instead of 720P), 1GB ram (instead of 512MB). It is superior in every meaningful way. I bought one for my daughter. No regrets.

  • Dylan D

    I can bet this is coming straight to Koodo.

  • Mike

    Don’t buy this Nokia phone primarily because it carries the locked Windows Phone OS. Limited amount of APPS. 100K for WP versus 700K for Android.

    The Google Nexus 4 pounds this phone to dust. for just $50 more, the Nexus 4 comes with 2GB RAM not just a measly 512MB, 8 MP Camera, 1080p HDMI MHL to TV DLNA media steaming, 2100mAh bigger battery, 16GB storage, bigger screen 4.7″ IPS display, 320ppi higher resolution, Fastest Quadcore processor on the market, insane amount of APPS, wireless charging, upgradeable OS, scratch resistant gorilla glass 2, supports LTE & international support for ALL carriers. slim profile and waaay sexier than the Nokia fisher price phone. Available Now.

    • Big Ang

      So 100,000+ (over 120,000 now) is not enough for you? I didn’t know you had more than that many apps on your phone.

      WIndows Phone has 46 of the top 50 Android and iPhone apps. Unless you’re complaining about those 4 apps, your argument is moot. Who cares if you have a choice between 10 or 1000 fart apps, as long as the phone has the apps you want (which Windows likely does).

  • Qoma

    Boy that feels like a tiny battery. I will be very interested to see what kind of life the phone can get out of it.

  • montrealer

    Look at those beautiful colors. Canada won’t get any of those, we’ll get the black version only.

  • jetbeck

    This looks closer in specs to the nokia 710 not the 610, since I think it almost has the exact same specs.

  • Blinker

    I would buy this phone, it just hits the sweet spot.

  • JT

    If only they put in a 8MP camera, it would be perfect for me… I still can’t understand why low-mid level devices still have 5mp cameras…

  • JR

    I hope Telus picks this up.