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.