It's official: Nokia announces the Lumia 505

Earlier this month, Mexican carrier Telcel appeared to have prematurely outed a new Nokia Windows Phone in some of its marketing materials. While few details were revealed at the time beyond mention of its 8MP camera, at least we haven't had to wait long to find out more.

Nokia has now officially announced the Lumia 505, a variant of the entry-level Lumia 510 that launched back in October. Marketed as "colourful and intelligent, very intelligent", the device is being offered with three colour options initially: red, pink and black.

The 505 features a 3.7-inch AMOLED display with WVGA (480x800px) resolution, and while it's hardly going to set the world alight with the rest of its specs, bear in mind that this is a low-end handset for a developing market, rather than a full-on flagship.

Its body is a bit on the chunky side at 11.3mm thick, but it's not too heavy at 131g. Inside, you'll find a single-core processor, 256MB of RAM and just 4GB of storage with no microSD expansion. There's also Bluetooth 2.1, WiFi (b/g/n) and both 2G and 3G connectivity, along with a 1300mAh battery that offers over seven hours of talk time and 600 hours on standby. The new Lumia will be running Windows Phone 7.8, and therefore won't be upgradable to the newer Windows Phone 8 OS.

There's no information yet on when the Lumia 505 will go on sale or how much it will cost, but it does appear that it will be exclusively available on the Telcel network in Mexico.

Source and images: Nokia

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This actually looks gorgeous; the low end Lumias to date REALLY haven't been particularly appealing to me personally because of the rounded corners, just feel cheap and nasty. This is basically just a cheap Lumia 800, which is a good thing in my book.

Looks like they care about all the Lumia line. Looks like another well built phone. It's a shame, they could get sales of these cheap devices in every country, they should hve tried to put WP8 on it.

I don't know about other countries, but over here a lot of 24 hour convenience stores sell cheap ass dud phones. People buy them!

8MP, 3.7" AMOLED display, around the same thickness and weight as the 800... seems like they're taken the 800 and trimmed it down a bit to make this. Not a bad thing, just an observation

It's official: they can keep it. And they can also keep the Lumia 620 (another low-end RAM-crippled phone). We want a 720 successor not a race to the lowest specs.

And what are the specs on a low budget android phone for 2013???
This phone will be much smoother and faster than the comparable android budget phone for sure.

ACTIONpack said,
Nice looking phone but crappy spec for a 2013! I can see it in 2012 but not 2013 for a low end phone.

There's something called "target market" and obviously you are not a part of it.

I like how they make phones for poorer societies too. Unlike Apple who only make overpriced premium phones. Nokia make phones for multiple markets.
The hardware needed to run Windows Phone 8 is probably a lot pricier too so the aren't suitable for certain markets. Windows Phone 7.x will be around for quite some time, Microsoft has said so. There won't be a Windows Phone 9 tomorrow, that requires a whole new phone, just like WP8.

The model numbers are easy.
The first number indicates what it targets... lower = for poorer people in developing countries. Higher = rich people in Europe and north america.
The middle number is the generation number. The last number is the version of that model but higher/lower doesn't matter, it just indicates that they are different.
I suppose that they will add letters or another digit once they run out of numbers, or change name of the product series.
The 910 has never existed, but that's because 810 had already been used and the new 9xx had to be kept in sync with 820 so i became the 920 instead.

I'm a happy owner of a yellow 920.
The headset that comes with it is nice, they fit me. All other headsets/headphones have been too thick to fit my ears.

Does Windows 8 make Windows 7 obsolete? Not really.

Its just a matter of taste. Once upon a time people didnt care what os version their phone had, as long as it worked.

If a person buys a phone, its for what it does out of the box, not for what it MAY do in the unforseen future.


Mr.Ed

Mr.ed said,
Does Windows 8 make Windows 7 obsolete? Not really.

Its just a matter of taste. Once upon a time people didnt care what os version their phone had, as long as it worked.

If a person buys a phone, its for what it does out of the box, not for what it MAY do in the unforseen future.


Mr.Ed


Not the same thing.
99.999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999% of things you run on Windows 7, you can also run them on Windows 8
0% of things you run on Windows Phone 7.x you can run on Windows Phone 8 unless you port them.

pes2013 said,

0% of things you run on Windows Phone 7.x you can run on Windows Phone 8 unless you port them.

I don't know if you're actually retarded or just really really ignorant.

'' Not the same thing. ''

It is the same:

Wndows 8 can run most of the things on Windows 7. But Windows 7 can't run the things that take advantage of Windows 8's new features.

Windows Phone 8 can run most of the things on Windows Phone 7. But WP7 can't run the things that take advantage of WP8's new features.

Your last sentence is false and I'm not sure where you got it from. If more people believe it than that explains why so many people dislike WP8 without ever having tried it.

pes2013 said,

Not the same thing.
99.999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999% of things you run on Windows 7, you can also run them on Windows 8
0% of things you run on Windows Phone 7.x you can run on Windows Phone 8 unless you port them.

Wow, really?

You should take your meds, son. Ignorance is not an excuse...

So many misinformed talking authorities around here.


Mr.Ed

Boy there are a lot of Lumias. One thing I don't like though is the random naming schemes. They seem to be pulling random numbers >800 for any of the lower-end handsets.

Usually Nokia has better naming from a model point of view than other manufacturers. The 505 might be in mexico, the 504 might be in china, the 503 might be in china on cdma and so on and so forth, and they would all be basically a lumia 500. Easier from a support pov.

However they do also have the same mode for different phones (ie c3, that is either a candybar+touchscreen phone like c3-01 or a qwerty feature phone c3-00)

Still complicated date wise. The Lumia 505/510 are newer than the 610, but older than the 820/920. I'm not complaining, just think it's a little odd.

Not true, the numbering is not random, how higher the number how more features it has. Low-end is 5xx-6xx, mid-end 7xx and high-end 8xx-9xx.

I really don't understand the desire to continue to produce Windows Phone 7.8 handsets. Despite the market, why build units with an already obsoleted operating system?

laserfloyd said,
Budget phones for developing markets. They don't need the latest greatest like we do. It's a good move.

Exactly, this device because of its specs and low price is more of a feature phone than a pure smartphone like the new 620 and up. If it's sold like that then having 7.8 on it makes more sense.

'' Despite the market, why build units with an already obsoleted operating system? ''

...People keep calling it things like dead/dying but fact is, it isn't. So why keep repeating it with every new handset that gets announced with WP7.8?!?

WP7.8 doesnt have the new (hardware) features of WP8 but it can stil run most regular apps. So developers who arent interested in taking advantage of the new features can develop for WP7.8 and it will also be on WP8. So development on WP7.8 isn't dead.

WP7.8 can run on cheap hardware so this makes it a great OS for phones in developing markets. Windows Phone is popular in China so why not bringing to other developing markets such as Mexico and Brazil? So sales for WP7.8 aren't dead either.

Both also supplement each other. Developers in these growing markets can easily produce for WP7.8 while also having their apps be available internationally on both WP7.8 and WP8.

I wouldnt be suprise to hear about WP7.8 being more popular in China than WP8 in Europe. Microsoft in their OEMs are smart to invest in older but cheaper technology. WP7.8 might feel outdated next to WP8 but compared to the average Android Phone in China it feels high-end.

windows phone 7.8 is far from obsolete if you kept up with things, there will be further updates in 2013 as well as Nokia specific updates.

It's called "price". Android is now at a stage where it requires very expensive multi-core hardware to run at acceptable speeds. W7 is far, far faster on cheap single core chips. In China Android handsets are comparatively expensive. This will slot nicely into that market.