Nokia has put all its chips on Microsoft when it comes to the mid- to high-end smartphones. And while it has delivered quality hardware, we now play a waiting game for the OS to catch up with the likes of Android and iOS, at least in terms of apps. Windows Phone 8 is quite an improvement over its predecessor in the sense that you’re no longer tethered to Zune for media transfer; there’s even support for multi-core CPUs and you can finally expand your storage. Nokia seems to have put together a healthy mix of those features in its soon to be launched Lumia 620. Assuming it’s going to be priced around the Rs 20,000 mark, we break down the specifications and compare it with the closest competition, the HTC Windows Phone 8S as well as other Android offerings in that price range like the LG Optimus L9 (P765) and the Sony Xperia P. The Lumia 620 will also most likely be replacing the Lumia 800, which currently retails for around Rs19,000.
OS – Windows Phone 8
The Lumia 620 runs on the latest version of the Windows Phone platform, so unlike the Lumia 800, the 620 will continue to get all the latest updates and features for a while. The same cannot be said about older Windows Phone handsets, which is why it’s best to stay away from them right now.
Cellular network – Quad-band GSM and 3G support
Unlike the HTC 8S, the Lumia 620 supports quad-band GSM and 3G networks. This means you can use the handset pretty much anywhere in the world and enjoy 3G connectivity. The lack of LTE is not a deal breaker in any way since this is a mid-range handset and LTE networks aren’t widespread yet.
Available in bright colours
Display – 3.8-inch ClearBlack
Nokia is using its tried and tested ClearBlack display on the 620 and at 3.8-inches with a WVGA resolution, we are looking at very sharp pictures and text. In fact, the pixel count is amongst the highest in that price range. The beauty of Windows Phone, however, is that no matter the pixel density, the UI looks pretty much the same on any type of handset. The ClearBlack technology will also help with sunlight legibility.
Form factor and weight – Comfortably light at 127 g
The rounded edges and curved body make the 620 quite comfortable to hold. It’s also fairly lightweight at 127 g, though the 8S is quite a bit lighter at 113 g.
Wi-Fi – Dual-band, 802.11 ‘n’
Unlike most smartphones in this price bracket, the Lumia 620 is one of the only handsets to feature dual-band Wi-Fi. Why is this important? Well, this way you have the option to connect to the much faster 5GHz wireless band, provided your router supports it.
SoC– Qualcomm Snapdragon S4
The Lumia 620 is powered by the very capable MSM8227 SoC from Qualcomm. This belongs to the Snapdragon S4 line and features two Krait CPU cores running at 1GHz each along with an Adreno 305 GPU. All WP8 devices will be powered by Qualcomm chipsets, so under the hood, we have an even playing field in every price range, irrespective of the OEM.
Storage – 8GB with the option to expand by 64GB
While 8GB is enough for most, you always have the option to expand it up to 64GB via a microSD card. This once again is one of the few phones to support a 64GB microSD card.
NFC – Yes
Nokia has been pimping the use of NFC since more than a year now, starting with their Symbian smartphones, and it hasn't been left out in the 620. Its immediate competitor, the HTC 8S, does not have this feature, but you will find it in a similarly priced Android, like the LG L9.
Primary Camera – 5MP sensor with f/2.4 aperture
While the camera sensor is only 5MP, Nokia has fitted a larger aperture and hence, its performance should be better than the 8S, which has a wider lens, but a narrower aperture of f/2.8. The phone also seems to be lacking the Carl Zeiss lens found in the Lumia 820.
Front camera – 0.3MP
Unlike the 8S, the Lumia 620 features a front facing camera. It’s only VGA resolution, but nevertheless, at least we have something unlike the HTC 8S.
NFC capable headphones
Sensors – Accelerometer, proximity, compass
Along with the ambient light sensor, we also have the accelerometer, proximity sensor and a compass. What’s missing is a barometer and a gyroscope.
GPS – GLONASS and GPS
We’re glad that Nokia hasn’t skimped on the navigation front. Along with GPS, we also have GLONASS added for a more accurate and quicker positioning.
FM Radio – No
In all probability, the Lumia 620 has a radio chip in it and all that’s needed is driver update and an app to make it work. We should be seeing this in the next big update along with the arrival of the notification centre.
Battery – Li-Ion 1300mAh
The battery department is the only place where the Lumia 620 falls a bit short. A 1300mAh battery wouldn’t have been much of an issue on a WP7 device, but with a dual-core under the hood, battery life could take a hit, no matter how efficient the SoC might be.
The bottom line
After a quick review of the specifications of the Lumia 620, the handset comes across as a very solid offering from Nokia and if it hits the right price point, Nokia could run away with the market. App-heavy users will still look past the 620 for an Android option, but if you aren’t one of them, then the Lumia 620 is shaping up to be a very attractive handset and it all hangs on whether Nokia nails the pricing.
Don't forget to check out our Grudge Match between the 8S and the Lumia 620, right here.
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