Nokia officially announces the Lumia 610

Nokia has just officially announced the Lumia 610 at MWC 2012, which they are calling "their most affordable Lumia smartphone yet". It is a fully-fledged but lower-priced Windows Phone that features all of Nokia's exclusive Windows Phone applications such as Nokia Drive, Nokia Maps and a new app which they are calling "Nokia Transport". This new application shows you directions to your nearest station along with timetable information.

As you might expect from a lower number in the Lumia range, the Lumia 610 really is a low-end device with a 3.7" LCD display at 800 x 480, an 800 MHz single-core Qualcom MSM7X27A processor and just 256 MB of RAM. There is also a 5-megapixel camera on the back, 8 GB of internal storage, quad-band HSPA and a 1,300 mAh battery. The device will also be running an update to Windows Phone 7.5 called "Tango", which helps to bring low-end devices such as this one to China and other emerging markets.

The Lumia 610 will be available in Q2 2012 for an estimated price of 189 euros (around US$250) before carrier subsidies. For more information check out Nokia's new webpage for the Lumia 610.

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Im liking these new Nokias. My only hesitation or hope is that they don't end up fragmenting too much. For instance HTC and Samsung seem to be releasing a new phone every other month with not much difference in specs or overall design. If Nokia can avoid saturation like this then Im good. Has Nokia stated yet how many tiers of Windows Phones they will have. If they stick with 3 (610, 710, 900) that would be reasonable

Hey Nokia. I hope you know what a front facing camera is pretty standard now. especially on a smart phone.

It's encouraging to see Nokia really embracing and pushing the WP7 platform (obviously with steering from Elop (ex MS). Slag off WP7 all you like but I'd buy one of these over a low-end Android turd any day!

Now that Microsoft has address the hardware issue, I think it is time for them to address the ecosystem issue.

Another reason why people are hesistant to jump into another OS is because of the ecosystem that they're in. You spend all of these money to download games and utilities, and when you move to another ecosystem, you have to repurchase it all over again.

Microsoft should make a deal with developers that develop on all three environments (Android, iOS, WP), and allow the transition from other OS' a smooth one by allowing them to reinstall the same apps for free. As for how, that is up to Microsoft to work out the logistics; however, if they do managed to do this, people who are considering jumping to Windows Phone will have another another reason to do so.

Sraf said,

If you don't like the blue, it does come in other colours

Thats cool. Now, if the blue was a darker shade...then that would be cool.

I dont get it Lumia 610 is just a regular phone.,,3.7" LCD display at 800 x 480, an 800 MHz single-core Qualcom MSM7X27A processor and just 256 MB of RAM. There is also a 5-megapixel camera on the back, 8 GB of internal storage what is the big deal on this phone?
... now if the Lumia 610 come with Dual core or 4.3 LCD and 1GB ram and 8or 10 -megapixel camera them i can say wow Nice great competition. but plz come on. my lil girl phone is better them this one the HTC wildfire.

I'm not even sure you are being serious. This is a low end phone with a "budget" price (for a smartphone). Is that really too difficult to understand?

The big news is the fact that this is the first low end WP device.

Guess what, everyone? Most people don't have the cash to plop down for the most shnazzy device. Also, there are millions out there that just want a smartphone that works great and they don't care if it's the latest iPhone or Android top tier device. The 610 would be a welcome addition to the pre-paid segment for services like Straight Talk, MetroPCS, Boost, etc.

There is a huge market for the entry level device, so let's not dismiss this so quickly. I, being equally tech geeky as you, chose a Samsung Focus Flash even with its mid-range specs. It's an attractive device with a body I've never seen, it's reliable, super fast and it feels solid. It fits my style, my budget and that's just fine.

Future 610 owners won't be missing out of anything noteworthy, nor are any owners of entry-level or mid-range devices. Look beyond your own preferences and see who companies are selling to; it's not just you.

Gaara sama said,
I dont get it Lumia 610 is just a regular phone.,,3.7" LCD display at 800 x 480, an 800 MHz single-core Qualcom MSM7X27A processor and just 256 MB of RAM. There is also a 5-megapixel camera on the back, 8 GB of internal storage what is the big deal on this phone?
... now if the Lumia 610 come with Dual core or 4.3 LCD and 1GB ram and 8or 10 -megapixel camera them i can say wow Nice great competition. but plz come on. my lil girl phone is better them this one the HTC wildfire.

The HTC Wildfire S is £160 and has a 320x480 resolution 3.2 inch screen with a 600 mhz processor (probably an old model, so much worse than this 800mhz one), and you get stuck with android on that. So yeah, good luck competing with the Nokia 610 with your HTC Wildfire

If the 610 was £200+ it would have a much better price/performance/functionality than the Wildfire S or any other phone at this price point.

Nice phone to be honest. And I'm glad, even though there's only been 10 (approx) comments so far that people are actually saying that the spec and OS together is very impressive. Although I can only wait to see the simple people who decide to say the phone is under powered/spec'd compared to the 4S or Galaxy S2 (and now 3). Stupid, STUPID people >

yeoo_andy_ni said,
Nice phone to be honest. And I'm glad, even though there's only been 10 (approx) comments so far that people are actually saying that the spec and OS together is very impressive. Although I can only wait to see the simple people who decide to say the phone is under powered/spec'd compared to the 4S or Galaxy S2 (and now 3). Stupid, STUPID people >

Agreed. God forbid they wrap their head around targeting different markets...

While others produce BEASTS with 4 cores and more memory than my Notebook so it can run their Slowoid, Microsoft gives Nokia an OS that can deal smoothly with 256RAM and 800MHz while preserving 3.7''

No wonder, Windows Phone is going to take off.

manosdoc said,
While others produce BEASTS with 4 cores and more memory than my Notebook so it can run their Slowoid, Microsoft gives Nokia an OS that can deal smoothly with 256RAM and 800MHz while preserving 3.7''

No wonder, Windows Phone is going to take off.


I've let people use my HD7 and once they use it, they actually think it's really nice. They just don't like change. I've loved it from day one to be honest.

manosdoc said,
While others produce BEASTS with 4 cores and more memory than my Notebook so it can run their Slowoid, Microsoft gives Nokia an OS that can deal smoothly with 256RAM and 800MHz while preserving 3.7''

No wonder, Windows Phone is going to take off.

Exactly. The Android users that have played with my phone can't believe how fast it is. It's a great OS, and with the devices now being released and the lower speced Tango, it's definitely going to be taking off.

manosdoc said,
While others produce BEASTS with 4 cores and more memory than my Notebook so it can run their Slowoid,

What is a "Slowoid"?

htcz said,

What is a "Slowoid"?

Another term for Android. I call it "Lagdroid". A friend of mine at work calls it "Crashdroid" I'm not sure what the fascination is with it honestly. I've played with it on numerous occasions, and it's just not that great at all. I even went so far as to give it a real world test over a few days by purchasing an Acer Iconia Tablet. 7 days later, it was back at Best Buy. It was horrible.

Navan said,
3.7" display for rs 11-12k. not bad at all. Nokia is going to help WP sales a lot!

or I can put in this way. Best Hardware + Best software = More sales

Navan said,
3.7" display for rs 11-12k. not bad at all. Nokia is going to help WP sales a lot!

Yeah, it fits this market well. I think this will help Nokia and Microsoft a great deal.

this thing has a 800Mhz processor and 256mb ram. And yet Windows Phone runs extremely smooth on it. Now we know why Nokia chose WP over Android.

FalseAgent said,
this thing has a 800Mhz processor and 256mb ram. And yet Windows Phone runs extremely smooth on it. Now we know why Nokia chose WP over Android.

Yeah, the money.

FMH said,
3.7" and 800x480? The display isn't low-end at all.

OK, either it's too early for me to get sarcasm, or maybe you're being serious.

I would say it's low end simply because the rest of the Nokia phones use Clear Black AMOLED and this one says LCD, which is a step down.

Nokia Live Blog by The Verge
http://live.theverge.com/Event/Nokia_MWC_2012_event

Nokia unveils Lumia 610, arriving Q2
http://www.engadget.com/2012/0...feed&utm_medium=twitter

@JustinAngel tweeted Download Windows Phone SDK 7.1.1 ("Tango") with support for 256 MB http://www.microsoft.com/downl...displaylang=en&id=28962

"Consumers will be able to access all features of Windows Phone and Nokia experiences on Lumia 610" - #NokiaMWC

"Windows Phone has been made compatible with networks in China" - BAM! #NokiaMWC

calimike said,

@JustinAngel tweeted Download Windows Phone SDK 7.1.1 ("Tango") with support for 256 MB http://www.microsoft.com/downl...displaylang=en&id=28962

"Consumers will be able to access all features of Windows Phone and Nokia experiences on Lumia 610" - #NokiaMWC

"Windows Phone has been made compatible with networks in China" - BAM! #NokiaMWC


Here is Belfiore blog post about it : http://windowsteamblog.com/win...re-potential-customers.aspx
Sounds like fragmentation on WP will be almost non existent.