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In the past week, Nokia released its Windows Phone 8 based smartphones - Lumia 920 and Lumia 820 in India after a long wait. Also, the Finnish handset vendor unveiled Lumia 620, the cheapest Windows Phone 8 handset, which was announced in December 2012.
Further, at the launch event, Nokia claimed that Lumia 620 will be released into the market in the first week of February. Moreover, several media reports claimed that the handset will be landing in India with an estimated price tag of Rs 16,000, as the handset was launched in Thailand 8,250 baht (approx. Rs 14,900).
When it comes to specs, Lumia 620 comes with a 3.8 inch WVGA capacitive touchscreen display, 1GHz dual core Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 processor, 512MB RAM, 8GB internal storage, 5MP rear camera, VGA front camera, NFC, Wi-Fi, NFC, Bluetooth and 1,300 mAh battery. Lumia 620 will come in Magenta, Yellow, Cyan, White and Black color variants.
Further, Lumia 620 comes preloaded with exclusive applications including Nokia Drive, CityLens, Nokia Maps, MixRadio and more as the other smartphones in the lineup.
If Nokia launches Lumia 620 at the estimated price of Rs 16,000 approximately, the handset can definitely mark its success in the price conscious Indian market. Moreover, analyzing the price of other Windows Phone 8 handsets, Lumia 620 will be the cheapest WP8 handsets available in the country and hence, it can create an impact among the mid-range smartphone seekers in the country who do not want to shed more on smartphone purchase.
However, Lumia 620 will not only compete with Windows Phone 8 handsets, but also with the Android offerings available in the mid-range market segment. Several companies including HTC, Samsung, LG, Sony, Micromax, Karbonn and more have smartphones based on Android and Windows Phone operating systems in the mid-range segment. Hence, Gizbot has come up with the top 5 noticeable rivals of Lumia 620 available in India.
HTC 8S is the mid range WP8 handset from the Taiwanese firm features a 4 inch Super LCD display with 480 x 800 pixel resolution, 1GHz dual core Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 processor, 512MB RAM, 16GB internal memory, 5MP rear camera, VGA front camera, micro SD card slot for expandable memory support, 1,700 mAh Li-Po battery, Beats Audio integration, Bluetooth and Wi-Fi features.
Priced at Rs 19,359, 8S may be expensive as compared to the estimated price of Lumia 620, however, it comes with advanced features including Beats Audio integration and more.
Samsung Galaxy S Duos
Galaxy S Duos smartphone houses a 4 inch capacitive touchscreen display with 480 x 800 pixel resolution. Running on Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich, the handset is equipped with a 1GHz processor, 5MP rear camera, VGA front camera, 4GB internal memory, 768MB RAM, a micro SD card slot supporting up to 32GB and 1,500 mAh Li-ion battery.
Recently, the handset received a price cut making it reasonable with a price tag of Rs 14,990. This will make the handset lesser than the estimated price of Lumia 620. Moreover, it support dual SIM feature and comes with a similar specifications as the Nokia offering.
Huawei Ascend G600
Ascend G600 packs a 4.5 inch qHD capacitive touchscreen display, 1.2GHz dual-core processor, 768MB RAM, 4GB internal storage, micro SD card slot supporting up to 32GB additional storage, 8MP rear camera, Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich OS, Wi-Fi, micro USB 2.0 and a 1,930 mAh battery.
The handset is available in India for pre-order at a price of Rs 14,990 and it can be a challenger for Lumia 620 with its larger display, faster processor, better camera and improved battery backup.
Sony Xperia U
Xperia U houses a 3.5 inch capacitive touchscreen display with 854 x 480 pixel resolution and Reality display with Mobile BRAVIA Engine, dual core 1GHz processor, Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich OS, 5MP rear camera, VGA front camera, 8GB internal storage, 512MB RAM, Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, in-built GPS, micro USB 2.0 and a 1,320 mAh Li-ion battery, which offers 6.5 hours talk time and 472 hours standby.
Further, the handset has a better look and feel with overhauled design and colored mood changing lights in the illumination bar.
Priced at Rs 14,999 and with similar specifications as Lumia 620, Xperia U might be a stiff competitor to the Windows Phone 8 offering.
Lava Xolo X900
Xolo X900 is the first smartphone to be launched with Intel Atom processor. The handset recently received the Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich upgrade and a price cut making it affordable at Rs 17,500.
Speaking of specs, X900 sports a 4 inch display with a resolution of 1024 x 600 pixels, 1.6GHz single core Intel Atom processor, 8MP camera with autofocus, LED flash, 1.3MP front camera for video calling, 16GB internal memory capacity, 1GB RAM, NFC, Wi-Fi, micro-USB 2.0, HDMI, Bluetooth and a 1,460 mAh battery.
The Lava offering with a faster processor and better camera can be a potential rival to Nokia Lumia 620.