Nokia Lumia 620 coming to Australia on Feb 22 for $329

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Nokia’s cheap Windows Phone 8 smartphone, the Lumia 620, has yesterday received an Australian release date. The Finnish mobile maker will release the phone on February 22 with a price tag of $329; and will be available through its normal retail channels including Dick Smith, Harvey NOrman and JB Hi Fi.

The Lumia 620 was revealed late last year at LeWeb, and said that it was launching in the Asia Pacific market in January. That sort of implies that this phone is aimed for the developing markets and, because this is indeed coming to Australia, 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 specs include a 3.8-inch ClearBlack screen, a Snapdragon S4 1GHz dual core processor, 5-megapixel rear camera with LED flash, VGA front-facing camera, 8GB internal storage with a microSD card slot, and NFC. It comes with Nokia’s exclusive applications – including Nokia Drive, Nokia City Lens and Nokia Music.

The phone’s pricing is comparable to the Nexus 4 on Android – which costs $349 (or $20 more than the Lumia 620. However, unlike the Nexus 4, at least you can get the device and not wait until LG makes more.

The full press release is below:

Smart inside and out: the Nokia Lumia 620 is coming to Australia

Sydney, Australia – 7th February 2013: The next in Nokia’s line-up of Windows Phone 8 smartphones, the Nokia Lumia 620, has started shipping in Australia and will be widely available in stores from the 22nd February 2013.

The feature-packed, affordable Lumia 620 will be sold through JB Hi-Fi, The Good Guys, Dick Smith, Harvey Norman and Allphones*.

Nokia Australia’s managing director, Steve Lewis, said: “We want to deliver smartphones, under the Lumia umbrella, that appeal to a range of people and age groups.

“With the Lumia 620, we’re targeting a more cost-conscious younger audience who do not want to compromise on features and functionality.

“It’s a great choice for someone looking to make the smartphone switch.”

The Lumia 620 is available in a range of colours and gives you access to many of Nokia’s signature experiences such as Nokia Maps, Nokia Drive and Nokia Music. It also supports wireless connectivity via Near Field Communication (NFC).

Key features include:

  • Imaging – the high quality camera lens transforms the five megapixel main camera and VGA front-facing camera into a top notch shooter. The Cinemagraph lens adds simple animations to still photographs, while Smart Shoot creates a single, perfect shot from multiple images, even removing unwanted objects from the picture
  • Maps and Location – access to the world’s best mapping experience including Nokia Maps, Nokia Drive, Nokia Transport and the exclusive Nokia City Lens
  • Music – Nokia Music provides free streaming of ad-free tracks without registration or subscription and the ability to download playlists for listening offline
  • Wireless connectivity – with NFC support, the Nokia Lumia 620 can easily pair with NFC-enabled accessories like the JBL PlayUp Portable Speaker for Nokia. Open and secure NFC-connectivity also makes it possible to share and receive content by tapping with compatible devices.

*Visit the retailers’ websites for more information about colours, pricing and availability.

(I would have written this post on that day, but I was out)