In addition, the Lumia 620 will also go head to head with the HTC 8S, aiming to attract a new crowd to Windows Phone smartphones.
The Lumia 620 is a fairly compact device, measuring in at 115.4 x 61.1 x 11mm, and weighing in at a decent 127g. The handset offers a 3.8 inch TFT capacitive touchscreen display, which uses Nokia ClearBlack technology for rich colour presentation onscreen. The display has a resolution of 480 x 800, and supports multitouch input.
The handset is available in a range of bright, vibrant colours, which Nokia hopes will endear the device to the younger, youth market, as well as those who like their phones to stand out more. Colours available include Lime Green, Orange, Magenta, Yellow, Cyan, White and Black, and the covers are interchangeable, harking back to the old days of Nokia Xpress-On covers.
In producing the covers, Nokia have used a new dual shot colour technique, which adds a second layer of polycarbonate on top of the base layer, which adds to the depth and effect of the striking colour range.
The Lumia 620 runs on Windows Phone 8, so users will get the customisation options which allow Live Tiles on the standby screen to be rearranged and resized to suit the individual needs of the user. The device is powered by a dual core 1GHz processor, and comes with a 1300 mAh lithium ion battery, which is good for up to 330 hours standby and almost 15 hours of talktime from a single charge.
Being a more budget friendly handset, the Lumia 620 doesn't quite offer the imaging prowess of its older siblings, the Lumia 820 and Lumia 920, however it still packs a decent 5.0 Megapixel camera with a Cinemagraph lens that can be used to add simple animations to photos, and a SmartShoot lens to create that single perfect shot from multiple images. 720P video recording is supported, at up to 30 frames per second, and there is a front facing VGA camera for video calling and self portrait shots.
Internal memory on the handset is set to 8GB, with 512MB RAM. The memory capacity can be expanded with MicroSD memory cards, with up to 64GB officially supported on the phone. The quad band GSM handset has dual band WiFi 802.11 a/b/g/n on board, with high speed data across HSPA, with up to 21Mbps for downloads and uploads up to 5.76Mbps. There is no 4G, unsurprisingly for a mid range handset, but NFC is a welcome addition to the spec sheet. With NFC you can use the handset to make contactless payments with the Windows Phone 8 Wallet application, as well as pair the device easily to a range of NFC-enabled accessories.
The Lumia 620 has a full media player onboard, supporting MP3, WAV, eAAC+, WMA, MP4 and WMV formats for music and video. Bluetooth 3.0 with A2DP and EDR is included, so you can listen to stereo music streaming with a compatible wireless headset, and there is also a 3.5mm audio jack as standard. Dolby Headphone sound enhancement gives your music playback a richer sound, too.
Other features worth mentioning on the phone include full SNS integration, active noise cancellation with dedicated microphone, and GPS with aGPS and GLONASS. The handset also comes with SkyDrive cloud storage, giving users 7GB of online storage, free of charge.
All in the Lumia 620 from Nokia is a decent proposition, and is just the sort of handset that Nokia need if they are going to see an increase in their market share with Windows Phone. Whilst the flagship devices will capture more of the headlines with their large displays and additional features, it is the mid range devices where high number sales can be achieved.
Time will tell if Windows Phone can lure consumers away from Android and the iPhone, and with the Lumia 620, plus the HTC 8S set to make a splash in the market, there has never been a better range to choose from.
The Lumia 620 is expected to be released in Q1 2013, and should be available on both Prepay and contract deals across all networks.