Nokia announces Lumia 510, its new entry-level Windows Phone

We first heard about it a month ago. Then it was caught on video a couple of weeks later. Just yesterday, sample photos from its camera were spotted. Now, finally, the Lumia 510 has taken a step out of the shadows and into the spotlight as Nokia has formally announced its new entry-level Windows Phone.

Nokia is especially proud of the fact that, despite being far from a flagship device, the low-end Lumia offers a generous 4-inch display, with WVGA (480x800px) resolution. Other key specs include:

  • Qualcomm Snapdragon S1 processor (believed to be 800MHz MSM 7227A)
  • 4GB on-board storage
  • 256MB RAM
  • 5MP rear camera (but no flash, and no forward-facing camera)
  • GPRS/EDGE/HSDPA/WCDMA
  • 802.11 b/g/n
  • GPS/A-GPS
  • Dimensions: 120.7 x 64.9 x 11.5mm
  • Weight: 129g

One thing you may notice that’s a bit odd about the new device is that it has the old-style Windows flag, rather than the newer geometric Windows logo seen on WP8 handsets. While Nokia hasn’t made a statement regarding the device’s OS, Engadget claims that it will ship with Windows Phone 7.5 (the 'Tango' build also known as '7.5 Refresh'), with an upgrade to Windows Phone 7.8 coming further down the line. As with other WP7.x devices, the 510 won’t be eligible for upgrade to Windows Phone 8.

Sadly, rumours that the handset would launch for $150 USD have not come to fruition; Nokia has confirmed that, when it goes on sale in India, China, South America and parts of Asia next month, it will cost $199 USD before taxes and operator subsidies.

Check out the video below to see the Lumia 510 in action:

Source and image: Conversations by Nokia | via Engadget

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I understand why they are making this phone. But why the old LOGO? it will update to 7.8 and get the new start screen.. they should have the new windows logo so it seems a new device not a last year release.

$200 isn't really budget. As others have said, you can get the Lumia 610 and 710 for similar prices if you shop around. Even if you can get this phone for free on contract, you can even get a Lumia 800 for free on contract for a pretty reasonable monthly fee (and a 710 for dirt cheap monthly fee).

*shrugs*

I don't see the need for a 510. 610, 710, 800, 900 - 4 steps of their 1st gen Windows Phone devices.

Probably the best budget phone on the market for the average consumer. Looks great, fast OS, has at least the basic apps most people use. Simple and clear to use. Could be like the good old Nokia 3210. You would be bonkers to buy a cheap android phone over a cheap windows phone. I think this is Nokia's chance to grab the low end market again.

it does seem like a good option for people that aren't too demanding in picking out a cell phone, just want something that is free and works.

=)

my dad just recently bought Lumia 710 for nearly the same price, 200$ for budget device like this is a fail (especially when you already have two devices in about the same price range and one of them is actually much more powerful), 150$ would make much more sense.

x.iso said,
my dad just recently bought Lumia 710 for nearly the same price, 200$ for budget device like this is a fail (especially when you already have two devices in about the same price range and one of them is actually much more powerful), 150$ would make much more sense.

well were I live the samsung omnia w costs only 179 euro and lumia 710 is 230 so yes this phone is too priceey

Good idea but the specs are too low for my "needs" and so consequently it won't take WP8 but still a great option as a budget smartphone!