Nokia reveals under-$250 WP8 device, Lumia 620 – coming to Asia Pacific next month

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Nokia has revealed at LeWeb the Lumia 620, the third Windows Phone 8 device in its Lumia line and is the cheapest. With a price tag of US$249 and will have lower specs than the flagship Lumia 920 and mid-range Lima 820, the phone targets those who are just looking for a cheap smartphone – students.

Similar to the Lumia 820, it will have a removable shell. However, that shell is a transparent or translucent polycarbonate shell that is to be placed on top of the base layer to give it more depth and to produce secondary colours – meaning that, if you want an orange phone, mix a yellow base colour with a red translucent shell.

The phone’s internals include a 3.8-inch ClearBlack screen, a Snapdragon S4 1GHz dual-core processor, NFC support, a 5-megapixel camera with LED flash, a VGA front-facing camera and 8GB of internal storage with a microSD card slot to expand that. Of course, you also get 7GB free cloud storage on SkyDrive.

Like I said, the phone is US$249 – which, for the specs on this phone, is pretty cheap. This phone is more like the Nexus 4, except for Windows Phone 8. At that price, it is pretty tempting to get the phone just to try out the new operating system. Like I did with the Wii U, I am going to reserve judgement on the OS until I play with it – regardless of what other people think.

The Lumia 620 is coming to the Asia Pacific (which will explain the price) market next month, followed by a European and Middle East launch.