Hands on: Nokia Lumia 620

While all the limelight was reserved for the Lumia 920, the Lumia device that has very high chance of disrupting the mid-range smartphone market is the Lumia 620. Of course, this phone will not be available in the market immediately unlike the other two Lumia smartphones, but its potential is undeniable. We went hands on with the Lumia 620 read on to find out more.

The Lumia 620 is a petite device – it’s not a behemoth of sorts like the Lumia 920, but nonetheless it feels very well built with its polycarbonate construction and is very easy for single-handed usage. Actually of all the new Windows Phone 8 smartphones Nokia has launched today, it is most easy to use with a single hand.

But there is a trade-off and that comes into play in terms of the screen-size. Its 3.8-inch WVGA display is much smaller than its elder siblings. The display itself was a bit washed out, but I am guessing for the price bracket, the display quality will fit the bill perfectly.

Going back to build of the device, I came back mighty impressed. The removable polycarbonate back in particular was nice and grippy and did not feel cheap. If any thing, I personally found the Lumia 620 to be slightly superior to the Lumia 820 in terms of build quality.

In terms of pure speed, the Lumia 620 was definitely more usable than Android smartphones with similar specifications. It has a 1GHz dual-core Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Play chipset, which works in concert with 512MB of RAM. This converts to ample firepower and everything generally runs smoothly, but then again Windows Phone 8 is a very smooth operating system, so this not surprising.

The only irritant is the slow scrolling speeds on the display and when one compares the performance with say a Lumia 920, then the gulf in smoothness definitely becomes apparent.

Nokia even packs in a 5-megapixel rear camera, which appears to be par for the course for device of this category. We did not get the chance to properly test the camera, but the good news is that all the custom Nokia Lens features that are available in the higher-end Lumia models are also available on the Lumia 620.

Other features of the device include NFC, and a 1,300 mAh battery and a front-facing camera. So be rest assured that Nokia has not skipped a beat with the feature set on the Lumia 620.

The Lumia 620 is expected to hit the market in February, but its pricing will remain crucial. If Nokia manages to hit a sub-Rs 15,000 price point then it will take a special effort to beat this device considering its high quality construction, smooth performance and value quotient. In the meanwhile we will return with a full review of the device once the product hits the Indian market.

Photo Credit: Rohit Sharma

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