The recent launch of the latest in Nokia’s Lumia range, viz. the Lumia 920 and Lumia 820, has the fans abuzz with fresh anticipation. While the price bracket of these new Windows Phone 8 devices isn’t for everyone, Nokia does have an ace up its sleeve in the upcoming Lumia 620 that has shelf space slotted out for mid February.
Cashing in on the brilliance of the OS, and it being easily conformed to run on a very reasonable level of specifications, the much-touted mid-range Lumia 620 could very well be that booster shot Nokia needs to dredge itself out of the bog it is currently in. The simple fact that the Finnish company has been faring quite well in the low budget segment as it is ensures that its next smartphone option would do well too if priced right. Nokia’s managed to retain its legendary status in the lower budget segment thanks to its Asha series. But those too are battling for space in the budget Android domain.
Rumour has it that the Lumia 620 will be placed somewhere in the Rs 18,000 to Rs 21,000 space, making it a direct competitor to the HTC 8S. However, in terms of specifications, the 620 comes out ahead. And seeing as the Windows Phone 8 platform itself is so simple and streamlined, the Lumia 620 will prove to be quite a versatile handset.
There are a number of reasons why it’s this handset in particular, and not the higher-end editions, that could make or break Nokia’s current sales sheet. Let’s start off with the display that’s 3.8-inches, packing a 480 x 800 pixel resolution at 246ppi. That’s going to make sure your viewing angles are always sharp and comfortable. From what I’ve seen in test devices, the colours also look quite vibrant and Nokia’s ClearBlack display technology manages to make legibility quite strong even in direct sunlight.
If you’re worried about the handset's ability to handle HD content, you shouldn’t be. So far we’ve seen that the WP8 OS is very capable of supporting quite a few standard video formats and thanks to the 1GHz Snapdragon Dual Core processor running silently under the hood (512MB of RAM should be adequate to handle 720p HD on the 620), playback will be silky smooth. Dolby’s sound enhancement engine should also keep your auditory senses quite entertained. There’s also the fact that with added memory support (up to 32GB via microSD cards), you’ll have plenty of room for all of your media. Of course, this is in addition to the 8 Gigs of onboard storage.
The price tag holds the key!
There’s also the presence of Nokia’s absolutely brilliant mapping software, Nokia Drive. It’s designed to get you where you need to go with a sense of simplicity and ease of use. The interface is well laid out and the overall functionality has stayed premium-at-a-reasonable-price for a long time now. Did I mention that it’s free for life?
The Lumia 620 has a lot going for it from a design perspective as well. Nokia’s going old school with this model and the Lumia 820 by making provisions for customising the shell. The rear panel is removable, allowing you to choose options from a wide range of colours just like we did in the good old days. No more slapping on a cover over your existing panel and bulking up your handset more than it needs to be. And naturally, once the device has been out for a while, I’m sure you’ll have more choices with funkier colours and designs available at street prices from your local mobile store or street vendor.
Throw all this in with a 1300mAh battery, active noise cancellation for better call quality, a 5MP shooter and a front facing option as well in a pretty sturdy looking form and you’ve got yourself a real winner of a smartphone.
The key here will be its price tag. And just what should that be, you might ask? Well, I’ll tell you – the right price, taking all factors, features and functions into account, should be be Rs 17,500. Give or take a few hundreds and I would very seriously consider the Lumia 620 as a viable recommendation to those looking for a well-priced smartphone under Rs 20,000. Now if Nokia truly can deliver on the price front, as it has done on previous Windows Mobile devices (Lumia 510/610), then we could be seeing a whole new era for the company starting March 2013 onwards. It could just mean the revival of a legend. As they say, all big things start from small beginnings—perhaps Nokia should have opened the year with the 620 instead of the 920. Food for thought.