Windows Phone 8 operating system, Dual Core Krait chipset, Clear Black Display, 5 MegaPixel camera with autofocus and flash, HD video recorder, and 8 GB of internal storage -- all that and a whole lot more for just $249 or Php 10,220 with current conversion and before taxes. Not bad, eh?! Not bad at all!

nokia lumia 620

Its innards are totally stellar but, for me, what's hot about the upcoming Nokia Lumia 620 is that it's also a joy to look at; What's inside and outside simply complement each other. This small yet powerful smartphone features Nokia's new dual-shot color technique to deliver a variety of striking color and texture effects on its shell. Dual-shot adds a second layer of colored, transparent or translucent polycarbonate on top of a base layer to produce secondary color blends and depth effects. With seven different swappable back cases to choose from, users can change the look of their Nokia Lumia 620 depending on their own personal taste, style, and mood.

nokia lumia 620

Powered by the all-new Windows Phone 8, Nokia Lumia 620 - which is practically the first midrange WP8 handset to hit the market - delivers a more personal smartphone experience. Resizable Live Tiles dynamically show updates direct on the Start Screen. People Hub, on the other hand, pulls together contact information from multiple address books and various social networks into just one location, making it convenient for the user to stay in touch with friends and set up contact Groups and private Rooms for sharing. From the Me Tile people can check in to their current location, post a status update, chat, and see what's happening across Facebook, LinkedIn and Twitter. Of course, Windows Phone 8 also comes with Xbox Live, Microsoft Office, 7GB of SkyDrive cloud storage and faster, safer surfing with the new Internet Explorer 10.

nokia lumia 620
With NFC support, Nokia Lumia 620 can easily pair with NFC-enabled accessories like the JBL PlayUp Portable Speaker for Nokia. Open and secure NFC-connectivity likewise makes it possible to share and receive content simply by tapping with compatible devices, or make secure payments using the Wallet application in Windows Phone 8.

As expected of any Nokia Lumia smartphone (and clearly, this is what sets Nokia WP handsets apart from those by other brands), Nokia Lumia 620 also delivers quick access to the world's best maps and location experience, including Nokia Maps, Nokia Drive, Nokia Transport and the exclusive Nokia City Lens. If it's your first time to hear about it, Nokia City Lens displays information about local surroundings overlaid onto buildings as seen through the camera viewfinder.

I could go on and on because ya'll know I love Nokia like that. But really, what we all should be doing right now is saving enough moolah to grab this cool handset when it finally lands here by around mid-January February 2013. What's the TP Guesstimate, you ask? Well, I think Nokia Philippines will price this at around Php 10,200 -- hopefully, even less.

Update as of February 13, 2013: Nokia Philippines has just disclosed on its Facebook page that Nokia Lumia 620 will officially hit store shelves in the country this coming weekend with official suggested retail price of only Php 11,600 -- that's a bit more than our guesstimate but I guess, considering the stellar features of this smartphone, it's all good.

TechPinas Smartphone Technical Specs Table (TSTST)
Name Nokia Lumia 620
Type Slate Form Factor (Full Touchscreen)
Price Category Midrange
Dimensions115.4 x 61.1 x 11 mm
Weight 127 grams
Available Colors Magenta, Yellow, Lime Green, Orange, Cyan, White, Black
Operating System Microsoft Windows Phone 8
Display 3.8 inches (~246 ppi pixel density), 480 x 800 pixels, TFT capacitive touchscreen, Nokia Clear Black Display, 16M colors
Processor Dual-core 1 GHz Krait Adreno 305 GPU Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 chipset
RAM 512 MB
Internal Storage 8 GB, expandable via microSD, supports up to 64GB
Camera 5 MegaPixels, 2592х1936 pixels, autofocus and LED flash, VGA front camera
Video Capture HD 720p 30 frames per second, VGA front camera
Audio and Video Playback MP3/WAV/eAAC+/WMA/MP4/H.264/H.263/WMV player
Ports microUSB v2.0, 3.5 mm audio jack
Connectivity Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n, Bluetooth v3.0 with A2DP, EDR, 3G HSDPA, 21 Mbps; HSUPA, 5.76 Mbps, NFC
Network 2G Network GSM 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900, 3G Network HSDPA 900 / 1900 / 2100
Sensors Accelerometer, Digital Compass, Proximity
Battery Li-Ion 1300 mAh (BL-4J)
Uptime 330 hours of standby time, 14 hours and 40 minutes of talk time, 61 hours of music play
Value-Added Features Windows Phone 8 right out of the box, first midrange WP8 release, 7GB of SkyDrive storage, swappable back cover
Announcement Worldwide: December 2012
Availability January 2013, Moved to February 2013, Out Now
Price TP Guesstimate: Php 10,200
Official SRP: Php 11,600