Nokia Lumia 625 official: a big phone for small budgets

We knew it would be coming anytime soon, but Nokia has officially unveiled the Lumia 625 smartphone that's meant for the frugal folks in the world. It's certainly no Lumia 1020, but it's one of the cheapest Windows Phone 8 options that still manages to pack a big screen, as well as 4G LTE capabilities.

The display measures in at an impressive 4.7 inches, but with a rather disappointing WVGA 800x480 resolution. It won't exactly make the pixel-density snobs happy, but we're guessing those looking for a cheap phone will find the screen satisfactory. Under the hood, there's a Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 dual-core processor clocked at 1.2GHz with 512MB RAM and 8GB of internal storage.

The phone comes with a 5-megapixel rear camera that can shoot 1080p video, and there's also a front-facing VGA snapper for those inevitable duck-face selfies. Rounding the phone out is a 2000 mAh battery, and the front display is covered in a layer of Corning's Gorilla Glass 2 to prevent scratches and the like.

The big feature here, though, is the 4G LTE on board, which makes it one of the cheapest handsets out there that sports the faster data speeds, making it the perfect option for those folks not necessarily looking for the fastest phone in terms of processing power, but needing the fastest data speeds while out on the open road.

The Lumia 625 will be headed to European and UK mobile carriers in early September, including EE, Vodafone, O2, Phones4U, and Carphone Warehouse. As for price, be prepared to only hand over £200 (€220 in Europe). You'll have your pick at black, white, orange, green, or yellow. No word on whether or not the device will make its way over to the States, but we wouldn't be surprised if it eventually did.