Nokia has announced a new addition to its range of Windows Phone 8 smartphones that includes the Lumia 820 and Lumia 920.

The Nokia Lumia 620 is described by the company as the "most affordable in its range of Windows Phone 8 smartphones" and will be hitting Asia first, in January, with Europe and the Middle East to follow soon after. Further rollout, including the US presumably, is planned, but details have not yet been revealed.

The handset has a 3.8-inch LCD, ClearBlack, capacitive multipoint-touch screen with an 800 x 480 pixel resolution. A 1GHz dual-core Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 processor runs the show, while a 5-megapixel rear-facing camera is backed up by Nokia's proprietary Cinemagraph lens. There's a 640 x 480 front-facing camera for video calling (through Skype, mostly, we would imagine).

Read: Nokia Lumia 820 review

Although it is a budget phone, the Lumia 620 does feature NFC connectivity, so can pair with equally endowed Nokia accessories. And it's able to make contactless payments, of course, using Windows Phone 8 Wallet.

There's 512MB of RAM on board, with 8GB of storage space, expandable by up to a further 64GB through the microSD card slot. And Microsoft provides 7GB of SkyDrive cloud storage. The battery is 1300mAh, which is quoted as running for up to 9.9 hours of 3G talk time (14.6 hours 2G) and standby of 330 hours. Up to 61 hours of music playback is claimed before a recharge.

A variety of colours will be available, including lime green, orange, magenta, yellow, cyan, white and black, and price is estimated at $249 (£155). - PAY MONTHLY PHONES The Samsung Galaxy S10+ is now available on EE who have been awarded the UK’s best network for the fifth year running. RootMetrics tested the four UK networks and EE was faster and more reliable than all of them, with better data performance. Their network has come a long way since they launched in 2012. Back then they had 11 UK cities covered by 4G. Today they cover most of the UK’s land mass, thanks to 19,000 state-of-the-art 4G sites. They’ve got faster, too – from 50Mbps to a maximum speed of 400Mbps. And they’re soon to experience even greater possibilities with the launch of 5G.

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