Sign in with
Sign up | Sign in

Nokia Lumia 620 vs. Lumia 630: Budget Windows Phone 8.1

By - Source: Tom's Hardware US | B 10 comments

Meet Nokia's newest entry-level Lumia.

Along with the Lumia 930, Nokia also introduced us to the Nokia 630, a follow on to its Lumia 620, which was announced back in late 2012 and launched early in 2013. This is not one of Nokia's high-end smartphones, but it is one of the higher profile entry-level models the company has (unlike many other prominent phone manufacturers, Nokia has multiple ranges and lines of smartphones within those ranges). Let's see how this year's Lumia 630 stacks up to the Lumia 620 that was made available last year.

Spec
Lumia 620
Lumia 630
OS
Windows Phone 8
Windows Phone 8.1
Screen
3.8-inch ClearBlack LCD
800×480
4.5-inch FWVGA display, ClearBlack LCD
Chipset
Qualcomm Snapdragon S4
Qualcomm Snapdragon 400
CPU
1 GHz (dual core)
1.2GHz (quad core)
GPU
Adreno 305Adreno 305
RAM
512 MB RAM512 MB RAM
Storage
8 GB 8 GB
Additonal Storage
Up to 64 GB via MicroSD
Up to 128 GB via MicroSD
Camera
5-megapixel with autofocus,
5-megapixel with auto-focus
Connectivity
Bluetooth 4,0, WiFi, A-GPS, GLONASS
Bluetooth 4,0, WiFi, A-GPS, GLONASS
Battery1300 mAh
1830 mAh
Launch Price
$249
$159 or $169 for Dual-SIM version

Nokia has beefed up the specs of its entry-level Lumia, but it's helping things along by dropping the price considerably, too (and that was something the company was sure to mention during its press conference today). The Lumia 620 was already an incredibly solid entry-level device for the price. Now, with Windows 8.1, an upgrade in processor, battery, display, and price, it's an even more attractive deal.

The Lumia 630 will be available this summer and unlike the Lumia 930, it is definitely going to be available in the United States.

Read more: Windows Phone 8.1 Introduces Cortana

Follow Jane McEntegart @JaneMcEntegart. Follow us @tomshardware, on Facebook and on Google+.

Discuss
Display all 10 comments.
This thread is closed for comments
  • 3 Hide
    Azn Cracker , April 2, 2014 4:00 PM
    That lumia 630 is a bargain.
  • 0 Hide
    derpderpderp , April 2, 2014 4:41 PM
    I have the Lumina 521 and from using Androids I love this cheap $69 phone. I have the prepaid plan. Just an awesome phone.
  • 2 Hide
    spoonyjack , April 2, 2014 5:10 PM
    Seems like an attempt to go after the Moto G. Lumia 630 might have better hardware overall with microSD but WP8...not so great. Still, that price could come down to less than $100 which would make this very tough to pass up.
  • 1 Hide
    tomfreak , April 2, 2014 6:44 PM
    Not a good product, I dont need extra 2 CPU cores, i just need 1GB RAM. Seriously quadcore is overkill when the 512RAM is the bottleneck.
  • 1 Hide
    alextheblue , April 2, 2014 7:05 PM
    Quote:
    That lumia 630 is a bargain.
    Big time. Budget Lumias are great devices for those who buy off-contract.
    Quote:
    Seems like an attempt to go after the Moto G. Lumia 630 might have better hardware overall with microSD but WP8...not so great. Still, that price could come down to less than $100 which would make this very tough to pass up.
    Oh, so I assume you're intimately familiar Windows Phone 8.1 with its newly enhanced MicroSD support? You can install apps to it now so 8GB internal is fine for a low-end phone with support for very large micro SDXC cards. This will also help most current entry and mid-level WP8 devices, after upgrading to 8.1.
  • 1 Hide
    spoonyjack , April 2, 2014 10:13 PM
    Quote:
    Quote:
    Seems like an attempt to go after the Moto G. Lumia 630 might have better hardware overall with microSD but WP8...not so great. Still, that price could come down to less than $100 which would make this very tough to pass up.
    Oh, so I assume you're intimately familiar Windows Phone 8.1 with its newly enhanced MicroSD support? You can install apps to it now so 8GB internal is fine for a low-end phone with support for very large micro SDXC cards. This will also help most current entry and mid-level WP8 devices, after upgrading to 8.1.
    I didn't know that actually. My experience with Windows Phone is limited to messing around with the Lumia 520 I gave to someone as a gift. Considering it was on sale for $60 it was surprisingly functional, the biggest problem with it was definitely its limited storage space.
    Quote:
    Not a good product, I dont need extra 2 CPU cores, i just need 1GB RAM. Seriously quadcore is overkill when the 512RAM is the bottleneck.
    More ram would be nice but it isn't necessary for a low-end budget Windows Phone. The Snapdragon 400 seems to be the go to cpu for decent budget phones, so it shouldn't surprise anyone that it's in the 630.
  • -1 Hide
    tomfreak , April 2, 2014 11:03 PM
    @spoonyjack, the fact is u probably use up the 512MB RAM first b4 utilizing the additional 2 cores. Windows phone are light on resources, it doesnt need quad core to run smoothly, but if u launch enough App to run quad cores, it is most likely the 512MB ram becomes the bottleneck. They should have just stick with dual core 1Ghz + 1GB RAM like how they did on Lumia 525.
  • -2 Hide
    icemunk , April 3, 2014 6:40 AM
    Too slow for the price.
  • 1 Hide
    alextheblue , April 3, 2014 5:08 PM
    Quote:
    @spoonyjack, the fact is u probably use up the 512MB RAM first b4 utilizing the additional 2 cores. Windows phone are light on resources, it doesnt need quad core to run smoothly, but if u launch enough App to run quad cores,
    I disagree. Quad cores are so common on phones now, that more and more app developers will take advantage of them. So it's quite conceivable that you could light that processor up with a single app - especially a game or a well-threaded web browser. With that being said, I really want both... which is why I'd go for a higher-end device.
  • -1 Hide
    tomfreak , April 3, 2014 5:47 PM
    Quote:
    Quote:
    @spoonyjack, the fact is u probably use up the 512MB RAM first b4 utilizing the additional 2 cores. Windows phone are light on resources, it doesnt need quad core to run smoothly, but if u launch enough App to run quad cores,
    I disagree. Quad cores are so common on phones now, that more and more app developers will take advantage of them. So it's quite conceivable that you could light that processor up with a single app - especially a game or a well-threaded web browser. With that being said, I really want both... which is why I'd go for a higher-end device.

    when a app that use quad core, most likely it is going to use up 512MB RAM. The Ram is still the bottleneck here.