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Nokia's new Windows Phone 8 handset, the Lumia 620, goes on pre-order

Online retailer Unlocked Mobiles has put the SIM-free Nokia Lumia 620 Windows Phone 8 smartphone on pre-order for £175, around 20 per cent less than the next cheapest WP8 device, HTC’s Windows Phone 8S (opens in new tab), with which it shares a number of similarities. The first stocks are expected in a few weeks' time.

The Lumia 620 is the direct successor to the Lumia 610 (which can now be had for around £70 refurbished). It comes with a 3.8in, 800 x 480 pixel ClearBlack display, a dual-core Qualcomm Snapdragon system-on-a-chip clocked at 1GHz, 512MB of RAM, 8GB of on-board storage, a microSD caard slot, a 1,300mAh battery, a 5-megapixel rear camera with HD video recording, NFC, microUSB 2.0, interchangeable shells and of course Wi-Fi connectivity.

It runs on Windows Phone 8 (opens in new tab), which means that users can expect the same level of sophistication from a software perspective. It will be interesting to see whether Nokia launches a Lumia 720 given that the Lumia 620 costs half the price of the Lumia 820 (opens in new tab) (and a third that of the Nokia Lumia 920 (opens in new tab)), which means that there is enough space for a mid-range model.

At £175, the Lumia 620 compares very well with chepaer Android smartphones such as the Sony Xperia Go and is a refreshing change from the significant premium the first batch of Windows Phone 8 handsets (opens in new tab)carried.

Désiré Athow
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Désiré has been musing and writing about technology during a career spanning four decades. He dabbled in website building and web hosting when DHTML and frames were en vogue and started writing about the impact of technology on society just before the start of the Y2K hysteria at the turn of the last millennium. Following an eight-year stint at ITProPortal.com where he discovered the joys of global tech-fests, Désiré now heads up TechRadar Pro. Previously he was a freelance technology journalist at Incisive Media, Breakthrough Publishing and Vnunet, and Business Magazine. He also launched and hosted the first Tech Radio Show on Radio Plus.