As previously speculated, Nokia unveiled the Lumia 625 via the company’s website at 9 AM UK time. The Lumia 625 will be the first “phablet” for the Finnish manufacturer and the largest Windows Phone 8 device to date.
As expected, the handset will house a 4.7-inch LCD screen along with 4G LTE Internet access. Despite the fact that the Lumia 625 will be the largest Lumia on the market, it’s still a little small (by today’s standards) for Nokia to be calling it a phablet, and the handset will only offer modest specs aimed at the mid-range market.
The Lumia 625 will be equipped with a 1.2 GHz dual core Snapdragon S4 processor with 512MB of RAM, 8GB of onboard storage (with microSD support up to 64GB), and a 5MP rear-facing camera. The handset will run on Microsoft’s Windows Phone 8 operating system and will be powered by a 2,000 mAh battery.
The Nokia Lumia 625 will also offer a number of Nokia unique features also found in the recently announced flagship Lumia 1020. Imaging has always been a big focus for Nokia, which is why it comes as little surprise that the Lumia 625 will come equipped with applications such as Nokia Smart Camera, allowing users to remove unwanted objects form photographs, and Nokia Cinemagraph, which allows users to mix photos and movie-like animation.
The traditional colorful Nokia Lumia design will also be making a return with the Lumia 625; as the handset will be available in a wide range of colors including orange, yellow, bright green, white, and black. Users will also be able to alter their respective colors on the fly with a number of changeable shells.
Nokia has yet to set a definitive price for its first phablet, but the Nokia Lumia is expected to hit shelves for around €220 ($290.14 USD). The Nokia Lumia 625 is expected to be released sometime around Q3 of 2013 starting in China, Europe, Asia Pacific, India, Middle East, Africa and Latin America.