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Nokia Lumia 820 on pre-order for £20.50 per month

Nokia’s newly announced Windows Phone 8 Lumia 820 smartphone is now available on pre-order from Tesco on the Orange/EE network for only £20.50 per month, with no upfront cost and with a free wireless charging plate.

That’s a total cost of ownership of £492, which is around £120 more expensive than the SIM-free version of the smartphone. Two plans are on offer at that price - one with 100 minutes, 500MB data and unlimited texts and the other with 200 minutes, 100MB data and unlimited texts.

The device was only announced two months ago during an event in New York and will be Nokia’s mainstream Windows Phone 8 device, pitched against the HTC Windows Phone 8S and the 8X, and alongside its bigger brother, the Lumia 920. Check our hands-on with both handsets here.

The Lumia 820 comes with a dual-core Qualcomm Snapdragon MSM8960 system-on-chip clocked at 1.5GHz, a 4.3in 800 x 480 pixel display with Clear Black technology, an 8-megapixel rear camera with Carl Zeiss optics and as well as a front-facing one. The handset runs on the Windows Phone 8 OS, and boasts NFC, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, a microSD card slot, 8GB of onboard storage, and 1GB of RAM.

Nokia has already confirmed that existing Windows Phone 7.5 handsets like the Lumia 800 and 900 will still be on sale.

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