Nokia Lumia 625 announced: 4.7in display, LTE capability, €220 price tag

Nokia Lumia 625 announced: 4.7in display, LTE capability, €220 price tagNokia has announced the Lumia 625, a 4G LTE-capable Windows Phone that comes with a 4.7in display, making it the largest Nokia smartphone to date.

Despite its size, however, the Lumia 625 is being pitched at the lower end of the smartphone market, and has been priced at €220 (about £190), though that's before local taxes and subsidies.

We've been hearing about the Lumia 625 a fair bit recently, but with Nokia only publicising today's mystery 9am announcement yesterday, we felt a full-blown handset launch was unlikely (despite the teaser about “something BIG” being on the way).

But we were wrong, and the Lumia 625 is indeed now a reality.

There's nothing too surprising given the leaks we've had over the past couple of weeks, but here's the official spec anyway:

We'll start with the screen, as it's the Lumia 625's main calling card. At 4.7in it's certainly big, but the WVGA resolution (which delivers a 201ppi density) makes it clear this is no high-end hero.

The engine room is manned by a 1.2GHz dual-core processor backed by 512MB of RAM, there's 8GB of on-board storage, 5MP/VGA cameras, SD card support, a 2,000mAh battery and – of course – Windows Phone 8.

Nokia's latest camera software apps are pre-loaded, including Nokia Smart Camera and Nokia Cinemagraph, and you get 7GB of free SkyDrive storage to complement what's already on board.

Being a Nokia, there's the usual bright array of colour options, including orange, yellow and bright green alongside the more mundane white and black, and they can be interchanged easily should you want a change of look.

Nokia has only narrowed down an on-sale date as far as sometime during Q3, so we'll keep you posted on UK launch details, as well as the all-important price once it's properly nailed down.

Until then, give us your thoughts – is a cheerfully cheap Windows Phone with a near-phablet sized screen the kind of thing that pushes your buttons? Is that 800 x 480 resolution acceptable on such a large display? Let us know in the Comments below.

Via Nokia

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JanSt / MOD  Jul. 23, 2013 at 10:15

See no point in this. As someone else pointed out, you can get a much better Ativ S (not to mention a few dozen Androids) for the same or less.
And lets get this out of the way: no, Nokia's 'extras' aren't worth the extra expense.
Yes, for some areas/situations Nokia's offline maps are very useful; but they are also frequently out of date. They MUST be installed on internal memory where they gobble up limited space.
Nokia's Lenses? Oh, gimme a break. Instagram food-filters... and nothing that 3rd party apps don't do as well. And considering how slow the 820 is at times*** (serious delay between
kicking the shutter button and actually taking the photo) I wonder if this 625 is even worth the effort?

*** That is a big problem with WP8 - it's so very fast and smooth that applications that lag appear to be really really laggy.
And on a Carl-Zeiss branded camera phone one wouldn't expect the camera app to be the laggiest thing of them all.

Stelph  Jul. 23, 2013 at 11:16

TBH I disagree, I quite like the idea that they are providing for the people who want a big screen but dont have the cash, ESPECIALLY as it goes against the blinking annoying trend that a bigger screen automatically means its got to have the top of the range specs, grrrr. Also any phone nowerdays that has an SD slot needs to be celebrated to the highest level!

This is a simple, no nonse, budget phone that is not trying to be anything its not

tapi  Jul. 23, 2013 at 12:38

Yup Stelph, Nokia seems to be about producing variations to meet all requirements. Some people want/need a bigger screen but want a basic phone. Others may prefer a slimmer design but with more features, or some other variation. "Nokia, the phone YOU want" (hey, can I sell it to the marketing department ;-) )

There's phones that have turned me away because they offer one thing but not another, or I'd be forced to pay more for features I don't want just to get one I do.

There's a large proportion of people who don't want to think about it and just buy the one phone that everyone says they must have at that point in time, and that's fine, but there's another large proportion that Nokia will sell to because at least one of the phones is right for them.

JanSt / MOD  Jul. 23, 2013 at 13:00

TBH I disagree, I quite like the idea that they are providing for the people who want a big screen but dont have the cash, ESPECIALLY as it goes against the blinking annoying trend that a bigger screen automatically means its got to have the top of the range specs, grrrr. Also any phone nowerdays that has an SD slot needs to be celebrated to the highest level!

This is a simple, no nonse, budget phone that is not trying to be anything its not

You'd think. But on WP the SD-card is only so-so... NO FILE explore/manager, you cannot even format the card on the phone. You cannot delete or do anything with files that aren't songs or photos/camera movies... all those things require 3rd party workarounds. Or: take out the card, insert in card reader etc... (have you tried removing an 820 back cover? ;) )
Then: MTP works crap on Mac, Linux etc...

But I agree: no reason there shouldn't be a large screened midranger...

satchef1  Jul. 23, 2013 at 13:56

This will wind up a good bit cheaper than the ATIV S. €220 is the SIM-free RRP. The SIM-free RRP of the 620 is $250, while Clove et all had SIM-free prices around £200-£220 at launch. In-store, on PAYG, £150-£200 is a realistic price. PAYG upgrade and the occasional offer should take it under £150 - not unlike the 620 when it launched.

Aside from the screen resolution, this looks like a great handset for the price. When it comes to user experience, there isn't a lot between the low-end and top-end Lumias really - an incrementally better display, better cameras, more advanced camera technology. Diminishing returns are far more pronounced on WP than other platforms. For what you get, the 520, 620 and 625 are utter bargains.

corgi74  Jul. 23, 2013 at 17:13

Nokia's offline maps are very useful; but they are also frequently out of date. They MUST be installed on internal memory where they gobble up limited space.
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Not anymore. The Lumia storage check app lets you download maps to the SD card.

Apropos of nothing my 820 died today and I have very sore fingers and broken nails from removing the cover on numerous battery pulls. Still dead so off to be repaired.
Don't think I will keep it when it comes back.

JanSt / MOD  Jul. 23, 2013 at 18:31

Nokia's offline maps are very useful; but they are also frequently out of date. They MUST be installed on internal memory where they gobble up limited space.
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Not anymore. The Lumia storage check app lets you download maps to the SD card.

Apropos of nothing my 820 died today and I have very sore fingers and broken nails from removing the cover on numerous battery pulls. Still dead so off to be repaired.
Don't think I will keep it when it comes back.

Ah, my bad... I did install the update for that storage app, but, tbh, at that point I was tired of trying anything 'normal'....you know, like the obvious :p

And keeping the 820 or considering another Lumia? Nope. Not when Linux and Mac are my main desktop OSs.... And way too much reliance on cloud nonsense just because MS cannot be arsed to give us the minimum of file access (while they have a whole team dedicated to providing the NSA with efficient access FFS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!)

corgi74  Jul. 23, 2013 at 21:24

My reason for getting rid of my 820 is even more 'first world problems'
I don't like how it 'feels'. The texture of the case, the shape and the balance of it doesn't make it a pleasurable device to use.
I quite like WP8 and may get a 620 once I've sold the 820 as I do use the nav on it as the 620 'feels' better to use.

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