Nokia Lumia 610 arriving at MWC: ultra cheap Windows Phone?

Nokia Lumia 610 arriving at MWC: ultra cheap Windows Phone?
Windows Phone is a relatively young platform and it’s much better represented in various form factors that iOS, but when you fare it against Android it’s an instant loss. Nokia plans to change that with the Nokia Lumia 610, the first handset that is set to push the low-end boundaries of Windows Phone, to pay-as-you-go realities.

One of three new Nokia phones expected to roll out at MWC kicking off in late February, the Lumia 610 will stand out by being the cheapest Windows Phone device. The price will be very aggressive, and for the UK possibilities are for the phone to push the £100 (around $157) barrier off contract.

Currently, the Nokia Lumia 710 is already pretty cheap for a smartphone, selling for around $315 without any contract ties.

The new even more affordable Lumia 610 is projected to run on Windows Phone in its latest Tango update, said to be coming at MWC as well. Tango is believed to open WP to lesser specced devices with slower processors and possibly worse cameras. WIth that in mind, though, it’d keep the core functionality. How do you like the idea of Windows Phone getting as diverse as Android in the price game?

source: Tech Radar

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Lumia 610
  • Display 3.7" 480 x 800 pixels
  • Camera 5 MP
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon S1, Single core, 800 MHz
  • Storage 8 GB
  • Battery 1300 mAh(7.50h 3G talk time)

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26 Comments

1. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 2008

now see, that makes a lot more sense than the "730" being the "low end" phone. nostra-remix was right again :)

2. JSern

Posts: 282; Member since: May 22, 2011

It's a right move for Windows. I mean seriously, Face the facts, a low end Android phone can't do much, with all the lags.

3. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 2008

its a completely different system. but yea, WP7 is much better suited to low end since its more in competition with fake multitasking iOS than true multitasking android. it takes tons less resources to run. I dont even want to see what android would look like on 256mb of ram. lol.

4. haikallp

Posts: 319; Member since: Feb 10, 2012

do not comment on an OS unless you have actually owned and used the device. Windows Phone is an intuitive OS. Don't believe me, read engadget or any tech sites that talk about Windows Phone. Android has the power of customization and all but it tends to lag. The truth hurts :)

6. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 2008

dont make assumptions. unlike some on these boards I have owned most every OS including WP7. If you took my comments as disparaging, then you need to learn more about how each OS works. What I said was not a hit at WP7, but an actual factual statement. I even ended it with a joke about what android would be like on such low specs. Android runs differently and is set to be more PC like with its true multitasking. it also does not give preference to scrolling the way iOS and WP7 do, which is why they tend to be smoother. The truth does hurt, doesnt it? geesh.

7. karanstyle

Posts: 188; Member since: Jun 26, 2011

I own an Android phone and its runs like hell even on 512MB RAM whereas Nokia Lumia 710 is amazingly smooth and I dont remember when it was the last time when I saw Lumia 710 hanging whereas OS getting hang is such a common thing on my ANDROID phone.

11. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 2008

then you shouldn't buy a cheap phone. you get what u pay for. buy cheap expect cheap. my sgs1 has that much ram and runs more smoothly than many dual cores even an iPhone 3gs doesn't run as well as a 4 or 4s. is it really a surprise?

13. shadez10

Posts: 427; Member since: Jan 15, 2012

true multitasking are on PCs... not on mobile...

16. karanstyle

Posts: 188; Member since: Jun 26, 2011

Samsung was always pathetic and its just Samsung being in Google's lime light as soon as Google pulled its hands off from Samsung after it gets full hold on Motorola. Then ppl will just get back to famous brands like HTC, NOKIA, SONY....

17. karanstyle

Posts: 188; Member since: Jun 26, 2011

Anyways I Bought Xperia Neo and its an expensive one and way better than Your samsung in looks, battery and camera as well so just let it be. Main thing is spending less and still getting the best is what Nokia is all about Durability, battery, reliabilty, camera, looks,etc. So, I dont believe in "yPhone 4 $" and even then a big 0.

19. shadez10

Posts: 427; Member since: Jan 15, 2012

your right about nokia... thats why i always think twice on buying mobile that is not nokia... now i own a nokia instead of going for android because nokia has the best tech support in case of problems might occur...

10. simplyj

Posts: 406; Member since: Dec 23, 2009

lmao! "true multitasking android;" no mobile os has true multitasking!

12. Glim12808

Posts: 394; Member since: Oct 26, 2011

True!

14. PhansMuneeb

Posts: 371; Member since: Jan 28, 2012

So you are born yesterday I think.... Don't you know Symbian has "TRUE MULTITASKING" and its way better then android. I have bought a NOKIA LUMIA 710 month ago and do you know my all friends are jealous when I remove my smartphone from my pocket. Just yesterday I got my friend who was using SONY XPERIA HD (ANDROID). When he was using my NOKIA LUMIA he said wow its awesome then my mobile. He Asked me the price (just 15,600 rs.) he again said that you are richer then me... Do you know the truth he is more rich guy then me. Now before commenting check your battery if it's empty and charge it

18. simplyj

Posts: 406; Member since: Dec 23, 2009

You're right! I forgot about Symbian! from what I understand, Symbian is the powerhouse of mobile OSes.

20. PhansMuneeb

Posts: 371; Member since: Jan 28, 2012

Now that's the point. +100000000000000000000.......

21. theindianguy

Posts: 90; Member since: Sep 30, 2011

well first thing SONY XPERIA HD does not exist. its either sony arc or htc desire HD. Make up your mind. And yup i agree windows phone is smooth and stuff but in the long run, i am pretty sure that the guy with android will be happier :) not hating just saying.

22. PhansMuneeb

Posts: 371; Member since: Jan 28, 2012

Well I saw the name at back panel, so I thought it's Xperia HD. Maybe anotheri don't know much about Sony.

25. karanstyle

Posts: 188; Member since: Jun 26, 2011

Totally Agreed the Battery in Androids runs off so fast that you need to check check it every now and then !! :-P good one!! @PhansMuneeb...

5. taz89

Posts: 2014; Member since: May 03, 2011

if a windows phone comes at £100 or below I will buy just to play around with....

23. PhansMuneeb

Posts: 371; Member since: Jan 28, 2012

You will fall in love with METRO i have strong feeling

24. taz89

Posts: 2014; Member since: May 03, 2011

i have used demo versions in store,enjoy the slickness and speed but not fond of the app draw and homescreen,its seems like there are a lot of waste of space and also seems even more restrictive than ios,no wallpapers,folders,non resizable tile etc,if the apollo rumours are true then things are looking better but personally dont think i can use wp7 as my personal device,i just need the customization of android and the only reason i want wp7 to succeed is because i am a fan of nokia.

26. karanstyle

Posts: 188; Member since: Jun 26, 2011

Same here Nokia Fan be it Symbain or WP :-P LOL!! I like Sony and HTC too...

8. Bluesky02

Posts: 1439; Member since: Dec 05, 2011

Good news, small fragmentation but not a big problem. I'm sure Tango device will run smooth.

9. samirsshah

Posts: 61; Member since: Mar 10, 2011

yes, yes, yes.

15. haikallp

Posts: 319; Member since: Feb 10, 2012

Windows phone does not need to run on expensive hardware to operate smoothly, unlike android..

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