Apr 20, 2012

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Philippines gets first dibs on the Nokia Lumia 610

Showing some love to the Philippines, Nokia is bringing the Lumia 610 to the country well ahead of other Asian countries.

The Lumia 610 is Nokia’s entry-level Windows Phone-based smartphone which started rolling out first in Asian countries. The Philippines will have it in the last week of April while other countries such as China, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Malaysia, Singapore, Taiwan and Vietnam will get it in the following weeks.

Last night we saw the Nokia Lumia 610 at Smart’s launch party. This phone has a modest 3.7-inch WVGA TFT LCD and is powered by an 800MHz single-core Snapdragon S1 processor. It has an 8GB built-in storage with no expansion slot in sight. Rounding up the list of features is a 5-megapixel autofocus camera with LED flash, Bluetooth 2.1, GPS, WiFi, Internet Explorer 9 and a 1300mAh battery. It measures 119mm x 62mm x 12mm and weighs just 131.5 grams.

With a price tag of just Php10,999 (our prediction was correct), the Nokia Lumia 610 is now the most affordable WP7-based smartphone and Nokia is aiming this phone to students with its built-in Microsoft Office app, Internet Explorer 9, and the rest of the well-known Nokia apps such as Nokia Maps, Nokia Drive, Nokia Transport and Nokia Music.



  1. What I love about this low-cost Windows Phone model is that they run 95% of the applications the higher-end versions can (Microsoft is trying to bump that to 100% by contacting the developers of the remaining 5%, I believe). Also, there aren’t a lot of Android alternatives from premium manufacturers (like Samsung and HTC) that give you WVGA screen, 5Mpx camera with auto-focus and flash, and excellent performance at such a low price-point.

  2. simplynice93 says:

    Only 800MHz single core at 10k? Not good at all! You can buy 1GHz single core Android phone at that same price..

    • kuya kahit 1.5GHz quad core pa CPU nang sa Android OS you can still see laggs every now and then I doubt meron kang makikitang LAG sa WP7 kahit 800MHz and 256MB of RAM lang.

  3. mmelviinn says:

    Android is (no doubt) a very broad platform. However they cannot operate on a weak processor (let’s say 600MHz – 800MHz) without sacrificing the overall speed, whereas for Windows and Symbian based phones, 800MHz is actually more than enough to keep them running, not just because they aren’t as broad as Android, but it’s ALSO because hinubog na ng panahon yan dalawang OS na yan, and based on the manufacturer’s experience, those phones that run WP and Sym don’t really require higher processors just for them to fully power up.

    • true, WP7 don’t need a high processor to perform its smartphone duties well. siguro pag lumabas na talaga yung mga high-quality games.

    • What really concerns me is not so much about the CPU speed but rather the RAM, which is only 256MB.

      I’ll wait for reviews first on how Microsoft Windows Phone 7.5 Mango fairs with only this much RAM.

    • JmBalicano says:

      Another problem is Microsoft charges licensing fees for the WP OS on a per handset basis. I don’t think they’ve officially disclosed it yet, but a few analysts have pegged it at around $15-$23.

      This is unlike Google that doesn’t charge manufacturers that use Android on their handsets, or Apple that develops iOS internally.

      This should mean that WP handsets will always be a bit more expensive than their Android counterparts, spec-wise. Of course, performance-wise, WP phones should be much snappier, even on lower-end hardware since it isn’t a sluggish OS.

      And Apple doesn’t care coz nothing they sell is cheap. Not even those dinky stock headsets.

      Umm. Sorry for the long post.

      • But due to Patents of Microsoft, manufacturers like Samsung, LG, HTC and more pay Microsoft $5 or even more per activation of device.

        Microsoft is kinda imitating apple, even in single core, the performance is still top notch thanks to top programming skills.

        • JmBalicano says:

          That’s true, but $5 per Android is much lower than $23 per WP handset.

          Microsoft seems to be striking a balance in a way that neither Android nor Apple have been able to achieve. You get a lot of choice with the kind of hardware that the WP OS comes in, but there are also app design restrictions to ensure that apps work flawlessly across 95% of all WP handsets or more. There are even some hardware restrictions to ensure a unified Windows Phone “feel” regardless of the manufacturer/model.

  4. Nosebleed ako sa mga comments. Mukhang maganda yung itsura ng Nokia Lumia. Yun lang :)

  5. Maayo ni. Nice baya ang WP7. Kulang lang ug mga apps. Hopefully, this will encourage more people to get WP7.

  6. I’ve been waiting for his phone. I’ll buy one come april 30…

  7. WTF. Lumia phones release(710,800) and launch(610,900) are delayed in the Philippines. (WPCentral.com)

  8. That price is really tempting!! Hmmm this or 710?

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