Specs and pricing revealed for new Nokia Lumia 610

Nokia has already told us that its president and chief executive, Stephen Elop, “will announce significant industry news” in a press conference at Mobile World Congress on Monday. Whatever that might be, we’re also pretty sure that Nokia will be announcing the international version of its new flagship, the Lumia 900, along with a new entry-level device, the Lumia 610.

We’re starting to get a clearer picture of what the 610 will look like now, as reports continue to drip out ahead of the official unveiling. The latest report, from BGR India, claims to confirm key specifications for the device, as well as its expected price point. Their ‘trusted sources’ claim that the new handset will include a 3.2” display (presumably an LCD rather than the AMOLED variety found in its more expensive siblings), along with a 3MP camera.

We already know that the Lumia 610 will be one of the first handsets available with the next version of Windows Phone, codenamed ‘Tango’, which is optimised for devices with lower specifications than current Windows Phones. In order to achieve this, some Windows Phone OS features will not be available in Tango, such as third party Live Tile support, while some resource-hungry apps and games simply won’t run on some of these lower-end handsets. The Lumia 610 will be typical of Tango phones in only featuring 256MB of RAM.

BGR India’s local sources claimed that the 610 will retail there for Rs.11,000 INR ($225 USD / £141 GBP / €167 EUR), without a contract.

Meanwhile, an image was revealed by My Nokia Blog, plucked from a Twitter account that hints that it may be an authentic rendering of the Lumia 610:

We’ll leave you to make your own mind up on that one, but with only a couple of days before the press conference, at least there’s not long to wait now.  

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If people want WP7 to gain marketshare it needs phones like this. Do you honestly think that most Android owners have Galaxy SIIs and soon to be IIIs? Ahem, uh, no. It's walking into the store and getting the cheap/free phone with contract that gets you deeper into the market.

*Exception with iPhone because devoted iPhoners will always buy iPhone regardless.

Liking this phone. Looks are good and will provide Nokia, and more importantly Microsoft, the route into the entry level/low end market they need.

The thing that annoys me, with pretty much every Windows Phone post, is that some stupid, simple minded person has to bring up the spec of the phone compared to say the Galaxy SII (and now III) or the iPhone 4S. Big deal WP7 hardware isn't dual/quad core or doesn't have an amount of RAM that would make some desktops jealous, but the 610 will not be a slouch in the market as MS will ensure it performs equally as well as the high end devices such as Titan or the Lumia 900 when it comes to their OS experience.

Rant over on the spec thing, but nearly every time, come on!

yowanvista said,
Only 256MB of RAM? That would be useless if one is considering to do some gaming.

Did you even read the whole article? This is supposed to be a budget phone. Of course it's not designed with gaming in mind. It's for people who use their phone to make calls, send some texts and maybe browse the internet a bit.

yowanvista said,
Only 256MB of RAM? That would be useless if one is considering to do some gaming.

It could play simple games, but if you want the luxury of playing graphically intensive games then you have to pay for that luxury.

This phone is aimed at the people who don't need/want that luxury.

yowanvista said,
Only 256MB of RAM? That would be useless if one is considering to do some gaming.

Are you some kind of Oracle? Because this phone runs games.

RealFduch said,

Are you some kind of Oracle? Because this phone runs games.

It won't even be able to run those resource intensive HQ games.

Assume the specs above is true, is the screen resolution QVGA?

I've never heard of 3.2" WVGA capacitive screen.

Also, is the processor still Snapdragon or some lower cost processor?

illegaloperation said,
Assume the specs above is true, is the screen resolution QVGA?

I hope not. There isn't a version of the emulator that runs that resolution, so we can't test apps for compatibility...

illegaloperation said,
Assume the specs above is true, is the screen resolution QVGA?

I've never heard of 3.2" WVGA capacitive screen.

Also, is the processor still Snapdragon or some lower cost processor?


My Xperia X1 has a WVGA 3" display, so there's no reason why it couldn't have a WVGA, although it would be harder to press small things with a capacitive display.

xn--bya said,

My Xperia X1 has a WVGA 3" display, so there's no reason why it couldn't have a WVGA, although it would be harder to press small things with a capacitive display.

I specifically said capacitive screen. The only <3.5" WVGA screens I've seen were resistive.

The venue pro has 256mb of RAM and that runs mango / live tiles / background apps just fine.

I think the limitations will probably become more apparent as the phones get more powerful which is to be expected especially for games, since a graphically advanced game will require a newer phone and so on. But generally apps should work since I doubt most of them require tons of processing power.

Razorfolds said,
The venue pro has 256mb of RAM and that runs mango / live tiles / background apps just fine.

I think the limitations will probably become more apparent as the phones get more powerful which is to be expected especially for games, since a graphically advanced game will require a newer phone and so on. But generally apps should work since I doubt most of them require tons of processing power.


Actually, the Dell Venue Pro has 512 MB RAM. There was a bug that made only 256 MB of RAM accessible. This was fixed with an update.

eilegz said,
256 of ram? i rather have bbos or symbian than a a more limited and crippled version of wp7

BlackBerry OS 7 requires 768 MB RAM.

Just so you know.

illegaloperation said,

Actually, the Dell Venue Pro has 512 MB RAM. There was a bug that made only 256 MB of RAM accessible. This was fixed with an update.

Ah I didn't know that, I just remember when it came out people who bought the phone were complaining that it only had 256mb

eilegz said,
256 of ram? i rather have bbos or symbian than a a more limited and crippled version of wp7

The limitations have more to do with lowering the cost for the user as much as they do the OEM makers. The people this phone will target can't afford any real type of data plan that cost a lot. The few features that will be turned off will save them the need for those plans.

Besides, unless you live in one of the markets that will get these phones you'll never see them.

Great news! Finally. More people can enjoy WP7.. I hope they also launch a mid range phone with ffc and amoled .. I won't mind a lumia 805 with bigger battery n ffc

There are four ways to determine if a phone is a crap or not.

1. Small screens.
2. Price points.
3. Operating system it runs on (like it crashes or buggy/laggy)
4. Materials that are used to build the phone.

Seriously who would want to buy a $200 phone that is made out of plastic and runs slow?

Um this is a CHEAP phone for markets like India / China because a lot of people over there can't afford high end smartphones.

Or even in the US / EU, not everyone wants to spend a ton of money on a phone. This will likely be $50 or even free on contract.

I don't think it'll cost $200 with a contract given that even the Lumia 900 is just $99 and Lumia 710 is just about $40 (in the US). Given the market that "Tango" is targeting, I expect the price to be $50 or less.

Chica Ami said,
Seriously who would want to buy a $200 phone that is made out of plastic and runs slow?

About 80% of all phone users who are not geeks and use phone for calls and maybe texts? Don't look at products from your point of view, you are no rule

Chica Ami said,
Seriously who would want to buy a $200 phone that is made out of plastic and runs slow?

Did you try it out already to say that it "runs slow"? Because all WP are pretty smooth.

Chica Ami said,
There are four ways to determine if a phone is a crap or not.

1. Small screens.
2. Price points.
3. Operating system it runs on (like it crashes or buggy/laggy)
4. Materials that are used to build the phone.

Seriously who would want to buy a $200 phone that is made out of plastic and runs slow?

How the f do you know it runs slow? Perhaps you'd like to lend me that crystal ball of yours sometime.

Chica Ami said,

Seriously who would want to buy a $200 phone that is made out of plastic and runs slow?

And who buys iPhone for $800 that works slower than this?

samsung teases with the galaxy s3 and nokia reveals this thing? like windows phones arent enough weak.

oh, but wp7 runs soo smoothly, it dont need better hardware. right, because all a smarphone needs to run is the os.

i really enjoy the minimalistic interface of wp, just waiting for a decent device to show up.

Umm.. the entire point of this phone is that it's low end and at a price point for people who don't want to spend money on high end phones. The point of the galaxy s3 is to be a flagship technological marvel to showcase what Samsung is capable of.

But yeah, WP7 will run smoothly on this cheap phone while Android might just screech along without stuttering on that quad core galaxy.

dafin0 said,
the galaxy s3 is a high end phone, this is a budget phone... totally different market

the problem is nokia making a big deal of this. samsung shows a top device and nokia comes with such a crap phone?

This is Neowin, and the news came from BGR, not Nokia's live blog. So Nokia aren't exactly shouting from the rooftops about this new phone.

Nokia said they would announce new phones and this is one of their new phones. It's not really that big a news in countries like the US but in countries like India / China it is.

Enron said,
Umm.. the entire point of this phone is that it's low end and at a price point for people who don't want to spend money on high end phones. The point of the galaxy s3 is to be a flagship technological marvel to showcase what Samsung is capable of.

But yeah, WP7 will run smoothly on this cheap phone while Android might just screech along without stuttering on that quad core galaxy.


Exactly. I get really tired of this. Is it a reading problem or a comprehension problem on these articles??

AnarKhy said,

the problem is nokia making a big deal of this. samsung shows a top device and nokia comes with such a crap phone?


Ever hear of targeting different markets? Novell idea I know...

AnarKhy said,
samsung shows a top device and nokia comes with such a crap phone?

You say crap, people who want a phone that makes calls and send SMS's say other wise...

Yes thats right, some people use their phones for just calls and SMS's...

dont get butt hurt for saying this phone is crap people!!!
it is a crap phone with all low spec for low budget market.... so take ur fanboy hat off.

AnarKhy said,

the problem is nokia making a big deal of this. samsung shows a top device and nokia comes with such a crap phone?


because Nokia and Microsoft actually cares about the world, making technology accessible to everyone and not only rich people from developed countries.

AnarKhy said,

the problem is nokia making a big deal of this. samsung shows a top device and nokia comes with such a crap phone?

Nokia is releasing a low-end WP device destined for markets where they outsell any other brand right now. WIth this they bring the WP experience to a budget market which will jump on it like nothing else. This phone will sell and sell big.

AnarKhy said,

the problem is nokia making a big deal of this. samsung shows a top device and nokia comes with such a crap phone?


Nokia have already released their "flagship" product of the moment, the Lumia 900. It's in the process of being rolled out worldwide.

Also Nokia aren't making a "big deal" of anything, they haven't even announced this yet, nor have they announced the big news they are announcing tomorrow. Lastly correct me if I'm wrong and I missed it, but Samsung haven't announced the S3 yet either. So perhaps you'd like to correct your fud comment?

AnarKhy said,
samsung teases with the galaxy s3 and nokia reveals this thing? like windows phones arent enough weak.

oh, but wp7 runs soo smoothly, it dont need better hardware. right, because all a smarphone needs to run is the os.


So ignorant and stupid.

BTW, check Lumia 900.


In order to achieve this, some Windows Phone OS features will not be available in Tango, such as third party Live Tile support, while some resource-hungry apps and games simply won't run on some of these lower-end handsets.

The beginning of fragmentation on Windows Phone OS

rakeshishere said,

The beginning of fragmentation on Windows Phone OS

guaranteed this will perform better then any android handset that is the same price.. this is gunna be 225 bucks unlocked.. The LG Loop (GT540) is 10 dollars more and has android 1.6 on it selling at bestbuy right now.. Bet you anything tango will be more like the original WP7 without multitasking (holding the back button) .. and with longer wait times for apps.

rakeshishere said,

The beginning of fragmentation on Windows Phone OS


Oh good grief. It's hardly the same thing as is affecting Android... I can't believe anyone would be foolish enough not to be able to see that...

rakeshishere said,

The beginning of fragmentation on Windows Phone OS


At least its Fragmentation at an OS level now just making phones barely run on the OS...

Is it Fragmentation. Yes.
Is it Controlled. Yes.

I think this Fragmentation is the best type compared to Android...

rakeshishere said,
The beginning of fragmentation on Windows Phone OS

It's not fragmentation if you have the same APIs, the same interface, the same kernel, and most applications are shared.