Nokia unleashes affordable 4G phablet

by Doug Drinkwater

July 23 2013

The Lumia 625 has a basic screen but does support LTE connectivity
The Lumia 625 has a basic screen but does support LTE connectivity

The wait for Nokia’s Windows 8 tablet goes on just a little longer, with the Finnish handset maker instead introducing a new entry-level phablet as its big announcement today.

Nokia hinted at a possible phablet or tablet yesterday when it confirmed it would announce “something big” on Tuesday, but it turned out that speculation on Nokia's widely-publicized Windows 8 tablet was wide of the mark.

Instead, the Finnish handset maker took the wraps off the Lumia 625, which is essentially an affordable phablet with 4G connectivity.

The device has a basic 4.7-inch 800 x 480 resolution display, 512MB of RAM, a 1.2GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 dual-core processor and a 2,000 mAh battery which offers an impressive 15 hour battery life.

There are other advantages too, including storage. The phablet boasts a meagre 8GB of storage but comes with 7GB of free SkyDrive cloud storage and also feature a microSD card expansion slot for adding up to 64GB.

The device also comes with a 4G LTE chip, which is all the more impressive when you consider the Lumia 625 will sell for just $306 (without contract) when it launches in the third quarter.

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