We reported yesterday on rumours that Nokia is planning to launch six new handsets at Mobile World Congress later this month – including two new Windows Phones.
But after dismissing the lower-end of the two – the Lumia 610 – as“not worth getting too excited about”, fresh details have come to light that suggest we may have to reconsider. Windows Phone Tango, anyone?
According to TechRadar, the Lumia 610 will be the first pay as you go only WinPho handset, and will be priced very aggressively in an attempt to break into the Android-dominated budget smartphone market.
And with Micrsoft expected to launch the budget-minded Tango version of Windows Phone at MWC, it doesn't take a genius to work out that the two go hand in hand.
Microsoft has developed Tango as a slimmed-down version of the full fat WinPho 7.5 for lower-end devices, and is looking to Nokia to help kickstart the platform's entry-level appeal and build some much needed market share momentum.
As such, the Lumia 610 could be a pivotal release for both Microsoft and Nokia. We don't have any specs to go on yet, so we don't know just how basic the Lumia 610 will be. But if Nokia can keep the price tag under £100, it could be onto a winner.