Nokia has officially unveiled the Nokia Lumia 625, a larger-screen alternative to the budget Lumia 620 Windows Phone 8 mobile.
Expanding Nokia's budget Windows Phone 8 range, the new Lumia 625 joins the Lumia 520 and Lumia 620 and lands as, a 4.7-inch mid-range offering.
"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,” Jo Harlow, executive vice president of Nokia Smart Devices said.
Nokia Lumia 625 Features
Despite making a jump in size, the 625's main spec cut is in its screen. Where the high-end Nokia Lumia 925 has a 1,280 x 768 pixel display, the Lumia 625 uses a lower-resolution 800 x 480-pixel screen. This results in a relatively low pixel density of 198 ppi. The similarly-sized HTC One has pixel density of 469ppi. Its screen won't appear super-sharp.
Other specs include a dual-core Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 processor clocked at 1.2GHz - it's similar to the CPU of the Lumia 925, but runs a little cooler than the 925's 1.5GHz model. It also have 512MB RAM, where the top Windows phones have moved up to 1GB RAM.
Like most lower-end Nokia Windows Phone 8 mobiles, the Lumia 625 has a microSD memory card slot, hidden under the removable plastic backplate. These backs come in five different colours. The backplates have a double-layer finish designed to give an appearance of depth - as seen in the Lumia 620.
There's just 8GB of internal memory - not quite enough for a healthy music collection - so media fans will need to invest in a memory card. It also lacks the high-end PureView camera of the Lumia 925. Instead, the Lumia 625 has a familiar 5-megapixel main sensor. Its secondary camera is a basic VGA snapper. NFC and an integrated compass are also omitted.
The Lumia 625 does come with the Lumia Smart Cam software lens, though, which offers a fast burst mode. It's the first lower-end Nokia to feature this camera software. It makes a few compromises, then, but does have 4G connectivity. It's among the cheaper 4G enabled devices at present. Nokia says it's the company's cheapest 4G phone yet out.
The Lumia 625 has the same battery capacity as the Lumia 925, but we'll have to wait to get our hands on one to see how it performs in use.
Nokia Lumia 625 Release Date and Price
Nokia has confirmed the newly unveiled Lumia 625 will be available from EE,Vodafone, O2, Phones 4U and Carphone Warehouse in the UK. You'll be able to buy the Lumia 625 from September and it's expected to sell for around £200 on a pre-pay deal.
Next, read our Lumia 620 review