Scoop TechLab | Nokia Lumia 625 - Technical Specifications and Links to Resources
Nokia’s in-between phone
The Nokia Lumia 625 is the former Finnish company’s attempt to straddle the middle ground between its high end and low end offer.
It is also, at the moment, the phone with its largest display (almost 118mm diagonal), and comes in a range of Nokia’s usual bright interchangeable colour options – though a type of two-tone black, where the Nokia logo appears to float is also possible.
The Nokia Lumia 625 runs the Windows Phone 8 operating system, notwithstanding that Nokia had experimented with an Android OS. Now however, Microsoft’s NZ$9.1 billion purchase of Nokia’s phone hardware and business patents, the (possibly to be renamed) handset division will continue to operate a WP operating system.
One advantage it does have as a comparative budget offering is that the Nokia Lumia 625 is 4G capable.
Windows Phone 8 OS
Rear-facing camera, 5 MP 1090p full HD video @ 30fps. Front-facing camera 0.3 MP VGA video capture
8GB internal flash storage, with up to 64 GB microSD external storage
Display 800 x 480 pixels at 201ppi, 15:9 aspect ratio
Has Signature Camera Apps – Smart Cam, Cinemagraph and Panorama, along with FM radio
1.2 GHz dual-core Qualcomm Krait processor
Screen type IPS LCD sensitive touch Gorilla Glass 3
512MB of RAM
Battery – 2,000mAh Li-Polymer (non-removeable). With 15 hours talk time on 3G, and a standby of 23 days
Memory – 8GB, extendable to 64GB
Size – 133mm high/72mm wide/9.15mm deep
Weight – 159g
Comment by Peter Kerr for Scoop Techlab
It may be their handsets’ largest display to date, but Nokia Lumia’s 625 has disappointed a number of reviewers in only having a resolution of 800 x 480 pixels. There’s complaints by Chris Hall in Pocket-Lint that “you can see the pixels on display, so anyone who has used a sharper device might find the whole thing looks a little soft.”
As Engadget noted “LTE [long term evolution, marketed as 4G] is the 635’s main weapon. Its USP, if you will.” It found this feature pretty bullet-proof.
Microsoft’s made no secret of the fact it needs to be in mobile devices as its PC dominance fades (due mainly to plummeting sales of such computers). As Tim Worstall writes in Forbes, the real reason for Microsoft’s purchase of Nokia’s handset division is ‘transaction costs’. He provides some economists historical perspectives on this, and brings the notion forward as his argument in a nicely written article.
Nokia’s (presumably) taking a leaf from Samsung book and offering a budget-ish phone with a number of features especially to target developing markets. In those places in particular it may find a ready acceptance, amid reports the company has been finding a lift in market sales.
The reviewers also note the camera is OK without being brilliant, with shutter response being greatly improved over old budget Lumias. Again though, these writers suggest you’ll want to transfer the pictures to another device pretty quickly, the 201ppi display not being much chop for photo viewing.
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