Nokia has announced that the budget priced Lumia 625 will be released in the UK on August 28th, ahead of schedule and far sooner than most people had anticipated. The phone is a budget priced phone but has some decent specifications and is a good choice for those that want a Windows Phone smartphone without having to pay exorbitant costs to acquire one.
Rumours had previously dictated that the Lumia 625 would, in fact, launch next month. While most phones suffer delays rather than earlier releases, Nokia has bucked the trend by declaring the 28th August release date.
The manufacturer has also released the cost of the phone, which will be available at no additional cost on tariffs costing at least £21 per month. The phone will also be available as a Pay As You Go model starting from £179.
The Lumia 625 features a 1.2GHz dual core processor and 512MB of RAM. The screen offers a pixel density of 201ppi and there is 8GB of internal memory and has a 5mp rear facing camera.
Nokia has also said that the Lumia 1020 64GB model, which is definitely not a budget phone, will arrive in the UK in October. It is the first Nokia Windows phone that features the 41MP PureView camera. The phone will arrive on O2 in time for Christmas buyers.
Nokia had previously said that the phone would feature 32GB of storage when released in the UK but considering the amount of storage to house a single 38mp picture, the manufacturer has taken the sensible step of also offering a 64GB model as well.
The Lumia 1020 will have a 4.5” AMOLED display that offers 332 pixels per inch screen density. Although the camera boasts a 41mp camera, it actually “only” offers 38mp effective resolution. Nevertheless, it is likely to be the best smartphone camera release to date and by some considerable way.
Research company Gartner has released figures showing that smartphones like the Lumia 625 and the Lumia 1020 outsold feature phones for the first time during the period between April and June. A total of 435 million mobile phones were sold around the world and 225 million of them were smartphones, an increase of 46.5% from the previous year. The 210 million feature phones sold represented a 21% drop.