Nokia Lumia 610 does not run Angry Birds, insufficient RAM to blame

Nokia Lumia 610 does not run Angry Birds, insufficient RAM to blame
The Nokia Lumia 610 is not your ordinary smartphone. Actually, it is the most affordable Windows Phone handset to date bearing a tempting $255 price tag. However, its hardware specs are less than stellar: a Qualcomm processor running at 800MHz and paired with 256MB of RAM. Thankfully, the Windows Phone 7.5 Refresh update is so efficient that it runs pretty smoothly despite the hardware limitations. In addition, no more than 5% of the Marketplace's catalog would be incompatible with such hardware, as Microsoft's Joe Belfiore stated while unveiling details regarding the new software.

Yet sadly, some pretty popular apps fall into that 5% category. Last week, Skype for Windows Phone was made unavailable to Lumia 610 users due to insufficient RAM, and now we have Angry Birds, Tango, and PES2012 joining the list

As you see from the photo, Rovio's hit game requires more RAM to run, so unless a game update takes care of the issue, Lumia 610 owners will have to play something else. In fact, it looks like not a single future Windows Phone device with 256MB of RAM will run any of the aforementioned apps, unless they are adapted to operate on weaker hardware.

So what is the minimum amount of RAM that a Windows Phone handset should have in order to experience no such issues? Well, the upcoming budget-friendly Samsung Omnia M has 384 megs, and we have yet to find out whether that will suffice. Until then, those of you who want to get a Windows Phone device might want to play it safe and get something beefier, as long as their budget allows it.

source: Windows Phone Apps (translated) via Engadget

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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)



1. mercorp

Posts: 1045; Member since: Jan 28, 2012

WTF rovio? angry birds can run fine on even the galaxy ace,which has almost similar hardware" how do you respond to this?

9. jroc74

Posts: 6023; Member since: Dec 30, 2010

It also runs fine on my Droid 1....with a 500Mhz cpu and same amount of Ram... Angry Birds Space...that might be a different What may be overlooked is that Angry Birds was a port from iOS. That had a gpu in the same family as the one in the Droid 1. Both had a PowerVR gpu. At first, on Sense UI Android phones, Angry Birds had issues. And thats phones with 1Ghz cpu and 512MB Ram. It needed to be "optimized" for Sanpdragon. Angry Birds didnt need to be optimized for my Droid X1 with MotoBlur. It just ran even better vs. the Droid 1....more up to date hardware. Microsoft might wanna go with different or more current hardware for their hardware baseline. Said this when WP7 launched....

32. andyboi_ph

Posts: 101; Member since: Mar 26, 2012

i agree, even some of samsung galaxy lower end series which has much lower specs than nokia lumia 610 can play angrybirds in a breeze... unacceptable!

2. mercorp

Posts: 1045; Member since: Jan 28, 2012

The ace has a 800 mhz processor and 288mb of ram,by the way.

3. Non_Sequitur

Posts: 1111; Member since: Mar 16, 2012

Not sure if it is the fault of Rovio or the fault of Microsoft. Or the fault of Nokia for not putting enough RAM in their phone. XP

11. jroc74

Posts: 6023; Member since: Dec 30, 2010

I know....512MB in phones is like 2GB Ram on PC's now. They are both considered lower hardware specs. 256MB is pusing it for the lowest of the low.

22. haseebzahid

Posts: 1853; Member since: Feb 22, 2012

maybe MS hard resticted the specs req for Tango so u cant even download but if some one try a jailbreak wp probably he can tell if it runs

4. OmarF82

Posts: 17; Member since: Jan 09, 2012

OMG! even a Samsung GEM that I have somewhere besides my SGSII can run these apps and the new Angry Birds Space LOL The specs are: OS: Android 2.2 Res: 240x400 (size 3.2") Proc: 800MHz Storage: 124MB RAM: 250MB or less

6. digitalw

Posts: 79; Member since: Dec 20, 2011

If you make comaparation of that kind.. then Nokia N8 with 256MB ram and 680MHz can play Angy Birds so smooth that you can only dream of! :) so , don't put that conversation to the table :) It's simple, Rovio and SKYPE should make optimisation of the software.

31. Birds

Posts: 1172; Member since: Nov 21, 2011

What does skype have to do with angry birds?

5. pokharkarsaga

Posts: 555; Member since: Feb 23, 2012

windows phone is butter smooth but lack of hardware support at low end,android is not butter smooth as wp,but it is great for hardware support at low end devices.put symbian,instead of wp.

12. jroc74

Posts: 6023; Member since: Dec 30, 2010

This is a fair assessment IMO. WP7 is probably the smoothest scrolling experience I have tried to date. That was in a store compared to an Android phone and iPhone. MS shoulda just went with a lil better hardware as the baseline. or Nokia didnt have to build this right at the baeline. 512MB Ram shouldnt be all that expensive to put in a phone.

7. checkmymike

Posts: 220; Member since: Dec 28, 2011


8. pongkie

Posts: 663; Member since: Aug 20, 2011

no angry birds total fail

10. Credo

Posts: 749; Member since: Apr 19, 2012

Even Bounce works with 600 mHz on the Nokia N900's Meamo 5 platform ...

13. 9_HeLLs_oF_DrOid

Posts: 127; Member since: Jan 02, 2012

" Thankfully, the Windows Phone 7.5 Refresh update is so efficient that it runs pretty smoothly despite the hardware limitations." -Lines to be noted.

30. Credo

Posts: 749; Member since: Apr 19, 2012

you are so right !

14. Galen20K

Posts: 577; Member since: Dec 26, 2008

it has to be Microsoft because Angry birds even runs on my really really old T-Mobile G1.

15. Sangeet

Posts: 232; Member since: Apr 21, 2012

Even the s40 phones can play it smoothly, not to mention the age old Nokia 5800 XpressMusic which had the really old 400mhz processor with RAM being even less than 256mb and with nHD resolution can play it smoothly without any problem then why the hell this normal spec'd phone can't play it. It's graphics is not any more intense than an Flash Game..!!

16. KingShango

Posts: 89; Member since: May 16, 2012

Just get the Lumia 900 instead. What's the big deal?

19. WinC76 unregistered

Cause not everyone can afford the Lumia 900 and it's not available in most countries yet. But still, it's better if people just went with the Lumia 710 since it costs nearly the same as the 610.

33. andyboi_ph

Posts: 101; Member since: Mar 26, 2012

or even 710

17. KazEmpire

Posts: 39; Member since: Nov 07, 2011

Shame on Nokia and Microsoft WP7 is a fail My ipod touch 3g with 600 Mhz CPU and 256 MB RAM can run Infinity Blade II and NOVA 3 perfectly and this crap cant run Angry Birds!!!

18. darac

Posts: 2156; Member since: Oct 17, 2011

WHAT THE..just when I thought WP couldn't get any lower. 256mb of RAM is enough to push full blown pc games, for fu!k sake! I remember playing nfs underground 2, cod 2, half life on my 256mb pc! IOS and androids and symbian 256mb RAM devices can run games like NOVA, galaxy on fire, asphalt, shadowgun...etc etc. Angry birds?!?!!! You gotta be kidding me. Epic fail is a mild expression for this..

20. haseebzahid

Posts: 1853; Member since: Feb 22, 2012

well its upto the Argry birds developers to optimize game for low end phone if they want it to be but it ill take more time

21. haseebzahid

Posts: 1853; Member since: Feb 22, 2012

means the angry birds for WP7 seems to be high demanding then in android proably as people saying it runs fine on android

24. medicci37

Posts: 1361; Member since: Nov 19, 2011

Not. gonna happen. Windows will have to spend a little more on ram, if they plan on running decent apps. With high end phones switching to 2 gigs in the near future. All windows phones should have more than a quarter gig of ram. It's not that expensive.

23. medicci37

Posts: 1361; Member since: Nov 19, 2011

Not Rovio's fault. Come on Windows ! Is a half gig of ram really that expensive ?

25. medicci37

Posts: 1361; Member since: Nov 19, 2011

MS should take the money they get from Android. Along with the money they waste on lawsuits & Ballmer. & Build a better smartphone. Or at least, buy more ram.

26. blade

Posts: 32; Member since: May 28, 2012

what the fuccccccck is this nokia then this wp7 os is a piece of junk my xperia x8 running at 600mhz only 175mb of ram plays even angry birds space and this s**t cant hahahahah

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