If you want Windows Phone 8 but are scrabbling for cash, Nokia might have the answer. It just announced its new entry-level handset, the Lumia 620, at a show in Paris — and it’s squarely targeted at the budget end of the market.
Filling the bottom end of Nokia’s Windows Phone 8 range — just like its predecessor, the 610, did for Windows Phone 7 — its specs are cheap and cheerful, as you’d expect. It offers up a 3.8-inch 800×480 pixel TFT screen, a 1GHz dual-core Snapdragon S4 Plus processor, 512MB of RAM and 8GB of internal storage. Elsewhere, there’s the option of expandable storage with a microSD card, a 5-megapixel camera with LED flash, a front-facing VGA camera, NFC and Bluetooth 3.0. That’s it: no retina displays, no 4G, no gazillion-core processors.
It’s nothing fancy, but then, it doesn’t cost much either. Excluding subsidies and the like, the 620 is set to cost $US250 when it launches abroad early next year. We’re still checking on whether or not the device will land in Australia, and how much it will be if and when it does.