If you want a Windows Phone with relatively large screen, Nokia has your number. The company introduced its Lumia 625 on Tuesday, a mid-range GSM / LTE handset with 4.7-inch touchscreen display, which is even larger than the screen on Nokia’s Lumia 1020 with 41 megapixel camera.
The two devices won’t likely be competing in the U.S. though: Nokia plans to sell the handset outright for 220 Euros ($290.21 US) in China, Europe, Asia Pacific, India, Middle East, Africa and Latin America later this quarter.
Clearly, the new phone is a revamp of the Lumia 620. The larger screen uses the same 800 x 480 resolution as its predecessor, which reduces the pixel density a bit. The math works out to 201 pixels per inch, which may sound low compared to the 720p and 1080p handsets available today, but I find Windows Phone can do more with less: The UI design works well on lower resolution devices. The display supports Nokia’s super-sensitive touch technology so you can wear gloves and still use the phone.
The rest of the hardware is decidedly mid-level as well, yet solid for this price. A 1.2 GHz dual core Snapdragon S4 chip and 512 MB of memory power the Lumia 625, which comes with 8 GB of internal storage. Up to 64 GB of additional storage can be added via microSD card. The 5 megapixel doesn’t sound exciting but some of the camera features found in the Lumia 1020 found their way into the phone: Manual controls for white balance and exposure are there along with the Nokia Smart Camera, Cinemagraph and Panorama lenses.
While a bigger screen can mean tradeoffs in overall size, Nokia’s design mitigates some of them. The handset measures in at 5.24 x 2.84 x 0.36 inches, so it’s not a thick brick. It weighs 5.6 ounces; again, not too bad for a larger handset. And because there’s more room in a bigger phone, the device has a 2,000 mAh battery that Nokia says is good for 6.8 hours of video or 90 hours of music.