This morning Nokia launched its new Lumia 625 smartphone, which aims to make 4G affordable, and we had the chance to play with it at a London launch. This 4.7-inch smartphone packs 4G as well as great features such as Nokia Smart Camera, and will cost around £200 before tax when it launches in early September.
The Lumia 625 sits between the Lumia 620 and Lumia 720 in terms of cost, making it one of the cheapest 4G phones around. With 4G coverage quickly spreading across the UK, being future-proofed is increasingly important, and it's good that you now don't have to splash out on a top-end device. That will be the main draw for the Lumia 625, and it's good that you don't have to sacrifice on screen size or quality either.
Lumia 625 Design
The Lumia 625 uses the same vibrant, colourful design we know and love from the likes of the Lumia 520, Lumia 620 and Lumia 720, rather than the sleek silver finish of the Lumia 925. Orange, green, red, white and black covers will be available at launch and they're interchangeable, so don't worry if you fancy changing the colour depending on your mood.
And while the Lumia 625 isn't exactly thin and light, it's also far from the chunkiest Lumia with a 9.15mm body that weighs 159g.
Lumia 625 Screen
That 4.7-inch screen is confusingly much larger than the Lumia 620's 3.8-inch display, but will be great news for anyone hoping to stream video using their super-speedy 4G connection. The 800 x 480 resolution gives a 201ppi density, keeping images reasonably sharp. We found we could comfortably browse the web, with text appearing crisp even when zoomed out.
Although the screen isn't quite as rich and vibrant as the coverings, it's bright enough to ward off strong glare and the photos we checked out look good.
Lumia 625 Features
The five megapixel camera may lack the PureView technology, with this being a more budget device than the Lumia 925 etc, but the Lumia 625 will be the first lower-end Lumia phone to pack Nokia Smart Camera, which takes seven shots in quick succession and combines them to create dramatic action shots or simply produce the best possible shot. That's only slightly cut back from the likes of the Lumia 925, which takes ten shots.
A front-facing VGA lens is big-standard but should be perfectly fine for chatting online. You also get Nokia Music and Here Maps, but you lose NFC support and Nokia City Lens which we've seen on recent devices.
The Nokia Lumia 625 is available in the UK from early September.