Nokia Lumia 620 launches in the UK

News Paul Briden 11:55, 31 Jan 2013

Nokia has announced and launched the Lumia 620 budget Windows Phone 8 handset, which is now available on UK networks

Nokia has released its new budget Windows Phone handset in the UK, the Lumia 620.

The Lumia 620 is available on O2, Three and Virgin Mobile’s networks from today (January 31), while Vodafone will be supplying it from February 6.

As an example of pricing, O2 is offering the Lumia 620 from £149.99 on pre-pay deals, but you can also get it on contract with O2 with no upfront cost for the handset and an £18.50 per month tariff.

The spec includes a 1GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 dual-core processor with an Adreno 305 GPU and 512MB of RAM.

There's 8GB onboard storage available but this can be expanded by 32GB via microSD.

The display is a 3.8-inch LCD with an 800x480 pixel resolution at 246 pixels-per-inch and using Nokia’s ClearBlack technology for punchier contrast.

Dolby headphone enhancement is included, along with a microUSB port, 3.5mm headphone jack, Bluetooth, NFC, Wi-Fi, GPS and a 1,300mAh battery pack.

On the back is a 5-megapixel primary camera with 720p video capture and LED flash, while a VGA front-facer handles video calls.

All of this comes with Windows Phone 8 (rather than Windows Phone 7.8), so although it’s a budget model it doesn’t compromise on software and is one of the cheapest ways to get Microsoft’s latest mobile platform.

The Lumia 620 has a stylish design with a wrap around interchangeable back panel, the device is 11mm thick and weighs 127g. It’s available in lime green, orange, magenta, yellow, cyan, white and black.

Apparently some colours will be carrier specific with reports indicating O2 will carry the black model as standard but with a promotional offer giving buyers a yellow, orange, green, white or cyan cover as a free extra.

Vodafone will have cyan or white, while Three and Virgin Mobile will only have the black model.

However, covers will be sold on their own, so you can buy a new one whenever you like, Nokia hasn’t said how much they’ll cost exactly other than a vague ‘less than £20’.

Nokia also reportedly said the Lumia 620 is ‘unlikely’ to get a wireless charging cover like the Lumia 820.

Check out our full hands-on preview with the Nokia Lumia 620 here.

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