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Nokia (NOK +1.9%) has officially unveiled the Lumia 625. As expected, the phone contains a 4.7"...

Nokia (NOK +1.9%) has officially unveiled the Lumia 625. As expected, the phone contains a 4.7" display sporting a mere 800x480 resolution, a 5MP camera, 4G, and a dual-core, 1.2GHz., Qualcomm Snapdragon CPU. It'll arrive in Asia, Europe,and Latin America in Q3, and will sell for €220 ($290). Engadget found the 625's performance solid, but called its display "pretty disappointing."  It looks as if Nokia's goal here is to take on Chinese OEMs such as Huawei, ZTE, and Lenovo, who are doing brisk business in many markets (and pressuring Nokia's feature phone sales) by selling cheap, no-frills, Android phones, some of which pack large displays. (yesterday)
Comments (13)
  • The specs on this phone is actually reasonably good, just with a lousy display and extremely low RAM. Not sure if a smaller display but with more RAM and a bigger battery...
    23 Jul 2013, 10:03 AM Reply Like
  • some years ago we were perfectly fine with a 640x480 PC with a 15" monitor, 800 pixel on a 4.5" is a very good resolution and by the way most people won't be able to distinguish different resolutions (if good software under the hood)
    23 Jul 2013, 12:54 PM Reply Like
  • Hum


    This is true. 640x480 on a 4.5" screen is going to look just excellent.
    23 Jul 2013, 01:27 PM Reply Like
  • Nokia continues to design and build product to go against the competition. Its Asha 501 and Lumia 1020 are designed as break through phones -- the rest go against the competition. Tough road -- but what are the options?


    All the very best,
    23 Jul 2013, 10:13 AM Reply Like
  • I just submitted my article on this. Regarding the display - I would say IPS LCD is better than TFT (Samsung Galaxy Grand Quattro) but perhaps that is just my opinion. Furthermore, the L625 also packs a super-sensitive screen and gorilla glass, again something which its Samsung competitor does not.
    23 Jul 2013, 10:17 AM Reply Like
  • IPS is technically a lot better: better viewing angle, brightness, color
    23 Jul 2013, 01:00 PM Reply Like
  • Abu


    The 625 has an IPS screen? Are you kidding? Wow. IPS is light years ahead of IPS as far as color and angle of view are concerned. You can see the image to almost 180 degrees side to side w/o washout or color changes.
    23 Jul 2013, 01:29 PM Reply Like
  • and one thing everyone seems to overlook is the pricing. At under $300, this is not aimed at the iPhone 5s and high end Samsungs, this is a phone for the masses, with specs that are "good enough"


    taking it for what it is, I think it does seem to fit right into the Nokia line up, I just wish they would make more of these phones available in North America!
    23 Jul 2013, 10:21 AM Reply Like
  • Karl


    IPS and Gorilla glass are the best of the best, however. Great phone.
    23 Jul 2013, 01:30 PM Reply Like
  • Totally agree, and since I don't tend to watch movies on my mobile device (that's what 50" TV's are for) resolution shouldn't be an issue.


    I am currently using a Lumia 900 (same 800 x 480 resolution on a 4.3" screen), and the build quality that comes with a Nokia phone is terrific! At every meeting I am surrounded by iPhones in their little protective covers, while my Gorilla glassed Lumia looks much the same way it did when I bought it.
    23 Jul 2013, 01:38 PM Reply Like
  • Keep em coming Nokia !
    23 Jul 2013, 10:58 AM Reply Like
  • I like the green one.


    Long Nokia
    23 Jul 2013, 11:30 AM Reply Like
  • I hope someone can do an article with maybe a pro forma bill of materials/COGS analysis on this 625. My guess is the selected display is very positive for margins. Consumer research would show that a "standard" display is excellent for emerging markets and that the "competitive edge" for these consumers goes to the "extra features" or " usability" of the phone instead. Reviewers of the phones do a disservice in not pointing that out.
    23 Jul 2013, 12:14 PM Reply Like
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