Nokia has officially announced the Lumia 625, a Windows Phone 8 smartphone that offers a large 4.7-inch screen and LTE connectivity at an affordable price and in various color options.
For Nokia, adopting the Windows OS with the Lumia line has been something of a turnaround for the company. Nokia, which was for the longest time a laggard in the market, is now competitive once again.
However, the Lumia has failed to match the Android competition when it comes to the screen size, with even the high-end models maxing out at 4.5-inches. That is set to change with the mid-range Lumia 625, which sports a large 4.7-inch display (just as the rumors said it would) and has been officially announced by Nokia today.
Sadly, the large screen has been fitted with a measly 800 x 480 (WVGA) resolution, which makes it one of the least pixel-dense displays in the market today. There was nothing else Nokia could do though, as the only other resolution Windows Phone 8 currently supports above WVGA is 720p, which would have raised the cost of the device significantly. It’s not all bad though, as Nokia has included some features found on its costlier models, such as sunlight legibility enhancement, high brightness mode, and Super Sensitive Touch for enabling use with gloves.
Other specs of the Lumia 625 include a 1.2GHz Snapdragon S4 processor, 512MB of RAM, a 5-megapixel rear camera that records 1080p video, VGA front-facing camera, 8GB of built-in storage and a microSD card slot, LTE connectivity and a 2,000mAh battery; apart from the larger screen, bigger battery, and LTE support, the hardware is pretty much the same as the Lumia 620/720, though it misses out on an NFC chip. As usual, the device will have access to Nokia’s navigation, imaging, and music services, which differentiate the company’s handsets from Windows Phone devices from other manufacturers.
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It wouldn’t be a Lumia if it wasn’t available in a multitude of colors, and the Lumia 625 doesn’t disappoint by offering a choice of white, black, orange, green, and yellow rear covers, which you change at your whim. The phone will launch in the third quarter in China, Europe, Asia-Pacific, India, Middle East, Africa and Latin America, for around €220 before taxes or operator subsidies, making it the cheapest LTE-enabled Nokia smartphone.
The Lumia 625 looks like a great addition to the Lumia lineup, and should be welcomed with open arms by those who’ve been waiting to experience Windows Phone on a big screen, with a price tag that matches that of the company’s low-end offerings like the Lumia 620 and 720. Android mid-rangers better watch out as Nokia isn’t giving up the fight just yet, and this new Lumia is a staunch reminder of that fact.