Nokia Lumia 610 runs Windows Phone Tango, costs less than £200 (from MWC 2012)

Nokia Lumia 610 runs Windows Phone Tango, costs less than £200 (from MWC 2012)Nokia's Lumia Windows Phone line is already surprisingly diversified, with the unibody Lumia 800 and 900 catering to the high-end market, while the everyman's Lumia 710 is intended to shift more volume.

Well, apparently Nokia just can't get enough of that volume, and the new Lumia 610 is a direct result of that craving.

Thanks to the upcoming Tango version of Windows Phone, which is optimized for less powerful hardware, the Nokia Lumia 610 is able to operate with a modest 800MHz processor (compared to the 1 and 1.4 GHz of first-/second-gen Windows Phones), and ships with just 256 MB RAM - half the normal 512 MB.

While this move arguably introduces Windows Phone fragmentation and subsequently serves as a potential headache for developers, Microsoft explains that - crucially - it'll allow the platform to reach more customers. Furthermore, a blog post by the Windows Phone team says that a mere 5% of all current applications would not run properly with only 256 MB RAM.

Concerns about RAM aside, specifications are pretty standard, including a 5 megapixel camera and 3.7in WVGA display. Nokia is sticking with its latest colour scheme, meaning the Lumia 610 will be available in white, black, cyan and magenta.

The Nokia Lumia 610 will be available from Q2, for the low price of €189 (around £160) for an unlocked version.

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MDrX  Feb. 27, 2012 at 13:57

What's the price difference between a 256MB module and 512MB? £1? I bet it is almost insignificant and the real issue is the 710 which should be this price and the 610 should probably not exist.

Not that some around here wouldn't argue that despite the price.

JanSt / MOD  Feb. 27, 2012 at 14:15

What's the price difference between a 256MB module and 512MB? £1? I bet it is almost insignificant and the real issue is the 710 which should be this price and the 610 should probably not exist.

Not that some around here wouldn't argue that despite the price.


I think you have a point...

matt101101 / MOD  Feb. 27, 2012 at 15:36

MDrX, I agree with you entirely. Unless the 610 is priced ~£100 (which is won't be), it'll be a pointless, marketless (I think I've invented a word there) device.

Another Nokia flop in the making, what a surprise.

JanSt / MOD  Feb. 27, 2012 at 15:41

MDrX, I agree with you entirely. Unless the 610 is priced ~£100 (which is won't be), it'll be a pointless, marketless (I think I've invented a word there) device.

Another Nokia flop in the making, what a surprise.

Though I agree with both of you, I also think the 3 of us will be proven wrong. It'll sell well. After a month it'll go down to the Nokia 6700 price range, and peeps will lap it up - without a care what OS it is, or whether Elop or g*d him/herself downgraded Nokes IQ.
Betcha.

hard123  Feb. 27, 2012 at 15:42

MDrX, I agree with you entirely. Unless the 610 is priced ~£100 (which is won't be), it'll be a pointless, marketless (I think I've invented a word there) device.

Another Nokia flop in the making, what a surprise.

Though I agree with both of you, I also think the 3 of us will be proven wrong. It'll sell well. After a month it'll go down to the Nokia 6700 price range, and peeps will lap it up - without a care what OS it is, or whether Elop or g*d him/herself downgraded Nokes IQ.
Betcha.


Well aren't you in for a pleasant surprise?!

matt101101 / MOD  Feb. 27, 2012 at 15:44

Jan, how much does a 6700 go for? I'm not big on Nokia's range tbh :p.

Hard123, what d'ya mean mate :)?

JanSt / MOD  Feb. 27, 2012 at 15:49

Jan, how much does a 6700 go for? [no idea I'm not big on Nokia's range tbh :p.

Hard123, what d'ya mean mate :)?
Yes, what DO you mean?

matt101101 / MOD  Feb. 27, 2012 at 16:01

What I meant was; you said the Nokia 610 would drop to the price of a Nokia 6700, how much does a Nokia 6700 sell for :p?

JanSt / MOD  Feb. 27, 2012 at 16:07

What I meant was; you said the Nokia 610 would drop to the price of a Nokia 6700, how much does a Nokia 6700 sell for :p?
And I meant Hard123 :p I know what you meant :D

matt101101 / MOD  Feb. 27, 2012 at 16:08

Ahh fair enough, you just thought you'd quote my post, not his ;)?

matt101101 / MOD  Feb. 27, 2012 at 16:09

And I Googled the cost of the 6700, about £120ish.

Livven  Feb. 28, 2012 at 17:50

We're not talking desktop RAM here, but mobile RAM. And with smartphones being extremely space constrained in their construction, any reduction of components is going to significantly lower the cost.

Plus, there's also a slower processor, different industrial design, and probably a whole lot of other small differences. Nokia is going after volume, they will want to shift as many feature phone users over to Windows Phone as fast as possible.

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