Nokia has unveiled a new low-cost device for attracting users who prefer larger screen sizes: the Nokia Lumia 625.
Announced today in London, the Nokia Lumia 625 is Nokia’s first attempt at creating a phablet, a smartphone with a screen nearly as large as what users can expect on a tablet. In the Lumia 625’s case that means a 4.7” inch display with a standard resolution of 800 x 400 pixels. In addition to that screen being enhanced to enable better reading in sunlight, it’ll also be equipped with the same touch technology that allows higher-end Lumia devices to be used even with gloves on.
The Lumia 625 will ship in red, yellow, green, white and black in Europe, Africa, Latin America and Asia for around $290. Nokia has not announced any plans to make the Lumia 625 available in the United States.
As expected the Lumia 625 does include a 1.2 GHz dual-core processor, putting it slightly below the 1.5 GHz dual-core processors of other mid-range Lumia devices like the Lumia 820. As Windows Phone is perfectly optimized for that Lumia 625’s processor, that shouldn’t impact the user experience in the slightest.
However, the 512 MB of RAM that the device ships with will impact the user experience. Many high-end games, like the recently released Halo: Spartan Assault title for Windows Phone, may not run on the device. As games get more intensive, the device’s relatively low amount of RAM could become a bigger problem for mobile gamers down the road.
The device’s storage options are likely to not be a huge issue. Even though the Lumia 625 only has 8GB of on-board storage, the device does have a microSD card slot. With it, users can add up to 64GB of additional storage should they need it.
The 5 megapixel rear-facing camera with flash and front-facing VGA cameras should deliver an average picture taking experience. Although the device won’t come with the PureView camera technology of the Lumia 1020, or the optical image stabilization of the Lumia 920, it’s likely that the audience the device is aimed at won’t have too much of a problem with its built-in cameras.
The Lumia 625 is another part of Nokia’s strategy to push down the cost of Windows Phone devices. In addition to costing around $290, the device will not require users to sign a two-year service agreement, making it an obvious choice for prepaid users.
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