After a raft of leaks, Nokia officially unveiled the Lumia 625, the company’s latest budget smartphone. The Lumia 625 sports a 4.7-inch IPS LCD display that sports a relatively low resolution of 480×800, putting it roughly on par with devices like the HTC Titan and Samsung Galaxy Grand in terms of pixel density. Still, the display is covered by a sheet of curved Gorilla Glass 2 and supports super sensitive touch just like its higher-end cousins. Interestingly for a device in its class, the 625 supports LTE networks but the rest of its spec sheet remains relatively pedestrian even for a Windows Phone device with a dual-core 1.2GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 CPU, 512MB of RAM, 8GB of internal storage and a 5-megapixel rear-facing camera with autofocus and a single LED flash that is capable of recording video at 1080p resolution. Powering all this is a non-removable 2000mAh battery.
In terms of industrial design, the Lumia 625 does not deviate too far from Nokia’s established design language; it combines design cues from the Lumia 620 as well as the Lumia 820 with its semi-transparent back covers available in orange, green, yellow, white and black. Of course, the Lumia 625 runs Windows Phone 8 with a range of Nokia-exclusive apps built in such as Nokia Music, the HERE suite, Smart Camera and Cinemagraph. It is estimated to cost 220 Euros before taxes and subsidies, and is slated to hit store shelves in China, Europe, Asia Pacific, India, Middle East, Africa and Latin America in Q3 2013. For more information, do check out the official press release below.
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Fun, Fast and Affordable: Nokia Unveils Lumia 625
Espoo, Finland – Nokia today announced the Nokia Lumia 625, an accessibly priced 4G smartphone to help people see more of what they love. The Nokia Lumia 625 delivers high-speed entertainment to a wide audience with a large 4.7-inch super-sensitive LCD screen and 4G Internet access.
Building on the award winning Nokia Lumia design, the Nokia Lumia 625 includes five brightly coloured changeable shells, which add to the Live Tile personalisation brought by Windows Phone 8.
The Nokia Lumia 625 also provides many 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.
“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.
Powered by the latest version of Windows Phone 8 and including the Nokia Lumia Amber update, the Nokia Lumia 625 delivers a richer and easier to use smartphone experience at a competitive price. Live Tiles update direct to the home screen, and People Hub makes it easy to stay connected with friends and family. Windows Phone 8 also includes Xbox Live, Microsoft Office, and 7GB of online SkyDrive storage to simply make life easier.
With access to more than 165,000 apps including Vimeo, Temple Run and WhatsApp, the Nokia Lumia 625 offers faster mobile fun, as well as safer surfing with Internet Explorer 10 – making it ideal for viewing videos, games, and other content. The Nokia Lumia 625 also offers SD memory card support, allowing up to 64GB of additional content storage.
Nokia Music provides unlimited streaming of ad-free mixes without registration or subscription, plus the ability to download mixes for listening offline with the Nokia Lumia 625. Nokia has also teamed with Coloud(TM) to create BOOM(TM) headphones that combine audio prowess with excellent value, and integrated microphone and buttons for voice calls and music control.
With its big screen and super-fast connectivity, the Nokia Lumia 625 offers leading maps and location experiences from HERE, providing free maps, turn-by-turn navigation and public transport guidance.
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 personalisation. 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.