Nokia reveals budget-friendly, large-screen Lumia 625

Nokia reveals budget-friendly, large-screen Lumia 625

Summary: Nokia has announced the latest addition to the Lumia range: the 4.7-inch 625.

TOPICS: Mobility, Hardware, Nokia
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After the 520 proved something of a hit (in Lumia terms, that is), Nokia has announced a new low-end device.

What makes the 625, launched on Tuesday, stand out from its predecessors is the size of the screen: a 4.7-incher. It's the biggest Lumia screen to date: previously, the largest display in the range was 4.5 inches, as seen on the 1020, 920, and 925.

However, for all that screen real estate, the resolution is fairly low — 800x480p — the same resolution as the 520 but significantly lower than Nokia's flagship 1020's 1280x768p. Also noteworthy: the 625 is 4G LTE-compatible.

The device is otherwise a fairly standard lower-end Lumia on the inside, powered by the 1.2GHz Snapdragon processor, rather than the 1.5GHz version found on most of the recent Lumias. There's also 512MB of RAM, 8GB of onboard storage (extendable up to 64GB via SD card), and a five-megapixel rear-facing camera.

As well as running Windows Phone 8, the 625 comes with the Lumia Amber update, which brings tweaks including displaying the time during when the device is in standby mode without draining the battery, and extra camera features such as SmartCam.

The device — which comes in orange, yellow, bright green, white, and black — will go on sale the current quarter. The 625 also has its own range of changeable coloured polycarbonate shells.

Though it's thought to be aimed chiefly at the Chinese market, the 625 will also be sold in Europe, Asia Pacific, India, Middle East, Africa, and Latin America, and comes with a wallet-friendly price tag of €220 unsubsidised.

Nokia CEO Stephen Elop told investors last week that the company would be seeking to cut the cost of its Windows Phone devices in an effort to drive sales, citing the 520 as one of the more popular handsets in the range at the moment — particularly in the US, UK, and China.

The 625 is the second Lumia launch this month: the imaging-focused 1020 was launched in New York earlier in July.

Topics: Mobility, Hardware, Nokia

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  • Image focussed 925?

    I think it is the Lumia 1020 that you are talking about... the Lumia 925 was launched in London in May.
  • An SUV Of Phones

    Large screen designed to impress, low res to reflect low driving skills.

    A tailgater's phone.
    • This is a budget phone

      It's not expected to get a retina display or anything.
      Michael Alan Goff
    • An SUV Of Phones

      The Galaxy Grand and Win Android phones have the same resolution in even bigger from factors. The 625 though is LTE capable whereas the Grand and Win are not.
  • Sounds like a "burner" phone

    Low quality, cheap, and disposable. But that about sums up all of the Lumia line of phones.
    Troll Hunter J
    • Troll much?

      Lumia line of phones are not all cheap and low quality. iPhones would be somewhere in the middle of the Lumia line in quality.
      • Troll much, fanboy?

        From every one I've treid Nokia's recent phones are crap. When they break, just falling over, have "the Purple Haze" screens, and are mostly held together with "double sided sticky tape". Those are factual signs that these designed in China (Tiawan, etc.), made in India, cheap PoS phones are just that Cheap crap. But a fanboy troll like you might not see that.
        Troll Hunter J
      • Nokia Quality?

        There was always the Battery issue on the 920

        I could literally go on for days, but you should get the point.
        Troll Hunter J
        • Nokia Quality!

          I dropped my 920 from 6' onto a tile floor w/o a scratch or dent while attempting to take a picture one day. And I didn't have to put a giant Otterbox case on it to accomplish this.

          I could literally go on for days, but you should get the point (which is that you should remove the word "Hunter" from your user name).
          Jason Barkley
          • I dont even reflex try to grab my 920 anymore

            if it drops , so what it will be just fine.

            Never bought a lame phone condom for it never will.
        • Of course!

          Let's forget all reviewers who praised the device for its build quality, and look in the forums for the minority who are actually experiencing problems with their device and that's exactly why they are there.
          We know all individual items of all products around the world are 100% perfect and none of them have defects, and we also know Nokia's sales service and support is the worst among all manufacturers, so they wouldn't take it back and replace it!

          Was that too much sarcasm? Well, your comment was that much idiotic.
          Ehsan Irani
          • So facts are not your strong point?

            Even a rudimentary Google Search comes up with About 10,500,000 results (0.39 seconds) On Lumia quality issues. Compare that to Fanboy praise (Hint, when you're a Microsoft mobile Evangelist, you're biased as hell). You'll see Nokia is not the great company it once was. They no longer design and built quality phones Microsoft spec'ed out the phones, Foxconn designs, and builds them under the Nokia "Brand".
            Troll Hunter J
          • Don't forget

            When a phone has as small market penetration, as these Lumia phones, they shouldn't be having this many problems. Nokia is using a Microsoft tactic to "boost marketshare numbers". Ship defective hardware, and count the "replacement" ones as new sales. It worked great for the xbox 360.
            Troll Hunter J
          • Your Google search proves that, you are nothing but a TROLL,

            big time!

            Those million of results are repetitions of the same articles, whether they be good or bad reviews.

            There are more good reviews in those results than bad ones.

            But, something else about Google's results that should be considered, is that, when it comes to good reviews of something that competes against Google products, like Android smartphones, those results will be skewed, with the bad showing up first and with larger numbers. It's the same thing that Google was accused of doing during the last election cycle, where their preferred candidate (Obama) had most of the good articles about him showing up first, while Romney's bad were selectively shown first and in abundance. Google was instrumental in getting Obama re-elected. So, when it comes to favoritism, Google will do it again every time it serves their purposes.. Google cannot be trusted on issues that they have a stake in.

            NEVER, ever, look at Google searches to determine how good or bad something is. Otherwise, you'll end up as ignorant as you currently demonstrate to be.
        • Ahhh...

          Another upset iTard..
    • lumia is the top quality

      top of the line nokia devices are the ones whole industry crave for....when it comes to quality nokia is the compares but thats about else comes even close

      Nokia has a reputation of churning out devices in bulk....520 is just an example how nokia can seel for cheap....and btw quality of phone is not an issue, its about having less no of features of 520.... if nokia builds windows 8.1 pro 7" haswell/baytrail tablet ill buy in a heartbeat
  • iPod touch substitute for the kids?

    Don't activate the cellular service and just use WiFi. Less expensive than 5th gen iPod Touch.
    • Nokia

      has a great lineup of phones to choose from. I think their designs are a breath of fresh air for this industry.
  • A $99 dollar price point is about where the specs place this phone.

    What is Nokia's marketing strategy? Cater to the masses of non-discerning buyers. There is a price for everything, Walmart proved that. Nokia is marketing at the other end of the spectrum, no specs for the buck.
    • OK then.

      Bring me a $99 Android with the same specs.
      Let's just forget the fact that any $160-$170 Android phone you'd bring me, would be better used to wipe your @$$ with.
      Ehsan Irani