Rumor: Nokia to release cheap Lumia 610 smartphone?

With the World Mobile Congress in Barcelona, Spain due to begin in less than two weeks, more and more Internet rumors and leaks are popping up claiming to reveal what various companies will be showing off for the first time at the event. The latest rumor claims that Nokia will reveal a number of new devices at the show.

According to PocketNow.com, which uses unnamed sources, it claims that Nokia will reveal the Lumia 610, a cheap version of the Windows Phone-based Lumia family, at WMC. Hardware details of this rumored smartphone were not mentioned. However, Nokia executives have already said the company plans to release Windows Phone-based devices for all price points. So far, the cheapest Lumia smartphone has been the Lumia 710, which T-Mobile is selling in the US for $49.99 with a two year contract.

The article also claims that Nokia will reveal more about a global launch for its Lumia 900 smartphone at WMC. The Lumia 900, which is due for release in the US in March, has already been confirmed for a UK launch at some point. The same article also claims Nokia will reveal the Nokia 808 PureView, a touch screen-based version of the N8 smartphone. Finally, the article claims Nokia will announce smartphones with the names Asha 302, Asha 203, and Asha 202. As with the Lumia 610, hardware details were not revealed.

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18 Comments

sviola said,
Isn't the N8 already a touch screen smartphone?

I read that line like 3 times before finally I accepted it!....you better believe it too!

Cathy: Ack!

Enough models, Nokia. 710 is as cheap as any phone should get spec-wise. The price is great, too. Nothing else needs to be done.

Well there's still a few things they could do for a "cheaper" model - dropping the flash, using an EDoF camera, and probably one of the "better" possibilities - underclocking the 1.4Ghz processor to 1Ghz, resulting in even more improved battery life (but still keeping the updated GPU).

~Johnny said,
Well there's still a few things they could do for a "cheaper" model - dropping the flash, using an EDoF camera, and probably one of the "better" possibilities - underclocking the 1.4Ghz processor to 1Ghz, resulting in even more improved battery life (but still keeping the updated GPU).

Is it worth giving someone a phone like that just to save 20 bucks? The cost of not having a more robust experience is more than saving a few dollars I would think. Then again, Tango will ship with the 610 no doubt to make it seem like a more premium ux.

seebaran said,

Is it worth giving someone a phone like that just to save 20 bucks? The cost of not having a more robust experience is more than saving a few dollars I would think. Then again, Tango will ship with the 610 no doubt to make it seem like a more premium ux.

Well they're not terrible changes really - after all Windows Phone already runs great on S1 1Ghz Snapdragons (and using a down clocked S2 Snapdragon also means better battery efficiency, better GPU peformance) There's still a lot of people who aren't looking for super complex smartphones, they just want a nice, smooth, reliable phone that does what they want it too. This' could it unmatched battery life (on the WP front at least), a camera that "just works" (no focusing needed), and is cheap enough for nearly everyone to afford.

...It's certainly also going to be a lot better and easier experience for most non-techy people than getting an Android phone for the same price >.< As long as Nokia can keep driving down the prices whilst still keeping the base Windows Phone user experience intact, they'll be happy :3

CMG_90 said,
Nokia. Still parting like its the clinton years.

its still Called Nokia the well known to the rest of the world wake up and join the rest of the world

LostInNull said,
Windows phone suck.

Did you mean "Windows Phone sucks"or "Windows Phones suck", or something else entirely. Your inability to use basic english sentence structure severely hampers my ability to understand you.

Please correct this so that I may understand your statement.

Cøi said,

Yay, Windows Phones now have an integrated vacuum cleaner!

cant wait for that feature.. hopefully it does not use too much battery!

I think there are pros and cons to flooding the market with different phones. You have one side where Apple only makes one handset at a time and markets it as the phone you have to own. This creates the hipster illusion, you aren't anyone important if you don't have an iPhone. The second is android. They flood the market with great handsets and crappy ones. They are doing just that, flooding. Not sure what Nokia is trying to accomplish? Maybe they should be a one handset exclusive because it works well in the US and provide alternatives including the premium handsets to the rest of the world to combat android. Just my two cents.

Why are a few of you up in arms about the release of new models and many of them? Do you think they are for the US market? You do know there are a lot of markets out there with varying needs for their consumers. Nokia has filled that need for some time now and understands it better than anyone. I am sure they have their reasons and pushing out a new OS they have put all their efforts into is not a bad thing. Only time will tell if they made the wrong move. Until then and I hope that it is never because I feel they made the right move with the WP OS..

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