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.
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.Yet sadly, some pretty popular apps fall into that 5% category. Last week,
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.