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)
- 802.11 b/g/n
- 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: