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Will the more affordable Nokia Lumia 625 save Nokia/Windows?

Nokia announced the availability of the Nokia Lumia 625 which will have a bigger screen but with a small price with the other smartphones. It will also support 4G.

Rumours have it that that the Nokia Lumia 625 will cost €220 or about SGD370, without contract. If based on Singapore contracts, the telcos here might charge you around SGD50 or nothing for a value contract.

This will be challenge for Nokia. Will Singaporeans even grab the phone at this price or free for a contracted plan?

But Nokia needs this to succeed as the low-end Symbian phones will be phased out around this time.

The jury is still out there for the two 90s juggernauts which somehow lost out in the age of the touchscreen.

From the Press Release,

Fun, Fast and Affordable: Nokia Unveils Lumia 625

Espoo, Finland - Nokia today announced the Nokia Lumia 625, an accessibly priced 4G smartphone to help people see more of what they love. The Nokia Lumia 625 delivers high-speed entertainment to a wide audience with a large 4.7-inch super-sensitive LCD screen and 4G Internet access.
Nokia Lumia 625Building on the award winning Nokia Lumia design, the Nokia Lumia 625 includes five brightly coloured changeable shells, which add to the Live Tile personalisation brought by Windows Phone 8.
The Nokia Lumia 625 also provides many innovations found in the recently announced flagship Nokia Lumia 1020. These include a range of integrated camera applications like Nokia Smart Camera, offering handy features like removing unwanted objects from pictures, and Nokia Cinemagraph, which turns photos into living memories with added movement.
"With our largest smartphone screen to date, the Nokia Lumia 625 is a perfect example of how Nokia is delivering leading smartphone innovation and experiences at every price point," said Jo Harlow, executive vice president, Nokia Smart Devices.
Powered by the latest version of Windows Phone 8 and including the Nokia Lumia Amber update, the Nokia Lumia 625 delivers a richer and easier to use smartphone experience at a competitive price. Live Tiles update direct to the home screen, and People Hub makes it easy to stay connected with friends and family. Windows Phone 8 also includes Xbox Live, Microsoft Office, and 7GB of online SkyDrive storage to simply make life easier.
With access to more than 165,000 apps including Vimeo, Temple Run and WhatsApp, the Nokia Lumia 625 offers faster mobile fun, as well as safer surfing with Internet Explorer 10 - making it ideal for viewing videos, games, and other content. The Nokia Lumia 625 also offers SD memory card support, allowing up to 64GB of additional content storage.
Nokia Music provides unlimited streaming of ad-free mixes without registration or subscription, plus the ability to download mixes for listening offline with the Nokia Lumia 625. Nokia has also teamed with Coloud(TM) to create BOOM(TM) headphones that combine audio prowess with excellent value, and integrated microphone and buttons for voice calls and music control.
With its big screen and super-fast connectivity, the Nokia Lumia 625 offers leading maps and location experiences from HERE, providing free maps, turn-by-turn navigation and public transport guidance. 
The Nokia Lumia 625 will be available in a range of colours including orange, yellow, bright green, white and black with an array of changeable shells enabling easy personalisation. With an estimated retail price of 220 Euros before taxes and subsidies, the Nokia Lumia 625 is planned to begin selling in China, Europe, Asia Pacific, India, Middle East, Africa and Latin America in Q3 2013.
Notes to editors:
Data charges may occur from using HERE and Nokia Music services over a cellular network.
 
Nokia Lumia 625
Operating System
Windows Phone 8
Display
 4.7 inch WVGA @ 201ppi with Sunlight Readability Enhancement, High Brightness Mode, Color Enhancement and Super Sensitive Touch
Battery
2000 mAh
Processor
1.2GHz, Dual Core
Camera
Main: 5MP Autofocus, LED flash ,1080p@30fps, VGA front facing camera
Memory
512MB RAM
8GB with support for up to 64GB SD card
 
Read more about the Nokia Lumia 625 on Nokia Conversations.

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