Today Nokia announced the Lumia 620, a range of colorful handsets running Windows Phone 8 that should have an unsubsidized cost of around $249. The phones will be released in the first quarter of 2013, initially in Asian and African markets and later in Europe and South America.

The specs are modest: 3.8-inch 800×480 screen, dual core 1GHz Snapdragon S4 with 512MB RAM, 5 megapixel rear camera/VGA front camera, 802.11 a/b/g/n, NFC, Bluetooth 3, GPS/GLONASS, 8GB of internal storage, a microSD slot, in a range of brightly colored interchangeable plastic cases, 11mm thick and weighing 127g.

The 620 will be available in the four process colors (cyan, magenta, yellow, black) and white, and to these Nokia is adding two new colors: lime green and orange. These two colors use a new process Nokia calls “Dual Shot” in which two colors are layered on top of each other, which apparently creates “depth effects” and “textures.” The lime green covers are a “dual shot” of yellow and cyan; orange, one assumes, is yellow and magenta.

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