Nokia Enters Phablet Territory With Lumia 625

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Nokia has unveiled the latest addition to its Windows Phone-powered line-up of Lumia smartphones – the Lumia 625. With a display size of 4.7-inches at 221ppi, this is the biggest Lumia to date.

The 4G LTE-capable Lumia 625 of course runs Windows Phone 8 (the latest Lumia Amber update), and is powered by a 1.2Ghz, dual-core Qualcomm Snapdragon processor. Nokia has thrown in a bare minimum 512MB RAM and 8GB of flash storage, expandable up to 64GB via microSD.

Not exactly top-of-the-line spec, however, this smartphone is targeted at the value-end of the market and should satisfy users who simply need a bigger screen.

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In terms of shooting ability, the Lumia 625 comes with a 5MP main camera with autofocus and LED flash, as well as a VGA front-facing camera for video chat. 5MP doesn’t seem like much, but mind you, the 6.7MP main shooter on the Lumia 720 is highly impressive, especially in low light.

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In line with the entire Lumia range, the Lumia 625 comes in an assortment of colours – orange yellow, bright green, white and black. The Lumia’s signature single piece polycarbonate shell layered with inner colour is present on the Lumia 625. And just like the smaller Lumia 620, the Lumia 625 has rounder edges compared to the other Lumia models.

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The new device as expected come with Nokia’s buffet of apps and services including the HERE family – HERE Maps, HERE Drive and HERE Transit; Nokia Smart Camera and famed Cinemagraph; and Nokia Music.

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The Nokia Lumia 625 will be available in Q3 2013 and is set to launch in China, Europe, Asia Pacific, India, the Middle East, Africa and Latin America. The smartphone clearly targeted at emerging economies, and value market.

Official pricing hasn’t been announced, but is expected to be under RM1,000 (€220) before telco subsidies and plans.

With the coming of the 4.7-inch Lumia 625, would we then see bigger phablets in the Windows Phone 8 world soon? Samsung, HTC and Acer could easily spin some phablet magic to cater to the growing trend of bigger phones as seen in the Android world. Think 5-inch Samsung GALAXY S4, 5.5-inch Samsung GALAXY Note II, the indelible 6.3-inch GALAXY Mega, 6.4-inch Sony Xperia Z Ultra and…well, you get the drift.

So bigger Windows Phone 8 devices. Yay or nay?

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