Pocket-friendly Nokia Lumia 610: the first Windows Phone Tango handset?

Pocket-friendly Nokia Lumia 610: the first Windows Phone Tango handset?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.

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JanSt / MOD  Feb. 15, 2012 at 11:36

I so want one!!!!

Oh, sorry, wrong thread :p

krogothnx  Feb. 15, 2012 at 12:16

even if tango is for 'low-end' WP7 handsets, tbh i can't see it being much different than Mango, since i don't see how the specs will differ much from the original lineup of WP7 launch handsets, and iirc they all seem to run Mango fine.

still be interesting to see though. if it has a decent size screen, i may be interested. until i remember quad core phones should hit the market soon.

matt101101 / MOD  Feb. 15, 2012 at 12:20

There was a thread on HUKD the other day where you could pick the Lumia 710 up for £150, if I wanted a WP7 device that's what I'd have bought. Great price for the hardware you're getting.

krogothnx  Feb. 15, 2012 at 12:23

did anyone else actually manage to get a 710 in that thread? followed it a few pages and didn't see anyone else who'd managed to get the same deal.

matt101101 / MOD  Feb. 15, 2012 at 12:26

I have no idea if anyone else got it. I can't stand WP7 so I didn't bother actually reading the thread :p.

Repo  Feb. 15, 2012 at 13:10

I was tempted by the Lumia 710 but have got MOT & car tax coming up so couldn't. As long as the 610 does WP7 gaming then I'll be taking a look :p

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