Today Nokia unveiled the latest entry to its steadily growing Windows Phone lineup, the Lumia 625. With its 4.7-inch display, the entry-level smartphone is intended for those on a tight budget who want the Windows Phone experience on a big screen — in fact, it’s the largest Lumia to date.
The physical appearance of the Lumia 625 is a slight mixture of its previous models with a curved back like the Lumia 720 and rounded edges like the high-end 920. The 4.7-inch display is protected with Gorilla Glass 2 and features screen resolution of 800 x 480, same as Lumia 620 but 201 pixels per inch compared to 620’s 245 pixels per inch. The Lumia 620, announced late last year, had a 3.8-inch screen.
It will be powered by the latest version of Windows Phone 8, including the Nokia Lumia Amber update. Windows Phone 8 also includes Xbox Live, Microsoft Office, and 7GB of online SkyDrive storage to simply make life easier. The phone will house a 1.2 GHz dual-core processor, with 512MB of RAM.
Nokia claim a 2,000 mAh battery will offer more than 15 hours of battery life, and the device will weigh 158g. The Nokia Lumia 625 also offers SD memory card support, allowing up to 64GB of additional content storage. It offers leading maps and location experiences from HERE, providing free maps, turn-by-turn navigation and public transport guidance.
The Nokia Lumia 625 also provides many other innovations found in the recently announced flagship Nokia Lumia 1020. These include a range of integrated camera applications like Nokia Smart Camera, offering handy features like removing unwanted objects from pictures, and Nokia Cinemagraph, which turns photos into living memories with added movement.
According to the Nokia press release, the Nokia Lumia 625 will be available in a range of colours including orange, yellow, bright green, white and black with an array of changeable shells enabling easy personalization. With an estimated retail price of 220 Euros before taxes and subsidies, the Nokia Lumia 625 is planned to begin selling in China, Europe, Asia Pacific, India, Middle East, Africa and Latin America in Q3 2013.
“With our largest smartphone screen to date, the Nokia Lumia 625 is a perfect example of how Nokia is delivering leading smartphone innovation and experiences at every price point,” said Jo Harlow, executive vice president, Nokia Smart Devices.
Nokia has recently picked up the pace of product launches. The London announcement came just a fortnight after Nokia’s high-profile New York launch of its Lumia 1020 41-megapixel camera phone. It continues the trend of Nokia broadening its range of devices in a bid to build out the Windows Phone platform, which has been criticised for offering a limited selection of apps, says the Telegraph.
As the Yahoo! News reports, the Finnish mobile phone maker once produced more than a third of all mobile phones worldwide, but it has fallen behind South Korea’s Samsung, which has a quarter of the market to Nokia’s 15 percent.
While regular mobile phones still account for the bulk of the company’s shipments, smartphones are viewed as crucial for its long-term survival because of their higher margins and increasing demand for web access from mobile phones.