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Nokia Lumia 610, Windows Phone for those in a budget

Nokia really knows how to cater to the needs of its loyal fanbase hitting an attractive price point never seen on a Windows Phone. The Nokia Lumia 610 is poised to show the world how Windows Phone can be a viable smartphone OS by designing it for a younger, budget-conscious audience.


One major factor that’s hindering Windows Phones from taking off is the high price of such phones due to the hardware requirements imposed by the OS. With WP 7.5 (Tango), it can now be supported by phones with lower memory and processor without sacrificing the performance and experience, thereby enabling more affordable phones such as the Nokia Lumia 610 to be made.

The Nokia Lumia 610 has a modest 3.7-inch WVGA TFT LCD and is powered by an 800MHz single-core Snapdragon S1 processor. It only comes with just 256MB of RAM so that’s saying a lot how much Microsoft worked on the back-end of WP7.5. It also has an 8GB 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 131.5 grams.

Nokia will begin shipping the Lumia 610 in Q2 of 2012 and is expected to be priced at â‚¬189 which is just roughly around Php11,000. It will also come in white, cyan, magenta and black.

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  • paulo

    parang galaxy ace… now, someone shold the xda that porting windows phone 7 in galaxy ace is possible.

  • Paul

    Glad to see Nokia is finally rolling out these Windows phones to the lower-end.

    • i agree… samsung won’t do it, htc won’t do it, lg won’t do it, props to nokia for coming up with the first one. hopefully, the others will follow suit.

      • Griswold

        good move nga by nokia for coming up with this lumia 610. pag pumatok ito others will follow pero it will be too late. nokia will have a head start pagdating sa windows phone.

  • Darcy de Asis

    pa-repost.., thanks po!! 🙂

  • seraphillumy

    i want this phone right now!! hahahaha XD

  • JmBalicano

    Unlike iOS which is home-baked by Apple and Android which is free for manufacturers to use on their phones, the Windows phone OS requires manufacturers to pay royalties on a per phone basis. I read somewhere that it’s a pretty significant chunk, so it might be difficult for cellphone companies to release more affordable phones compared to Android (iPhones will never be released on cheap hardware). The “Smoked by Windows Phone” campaign has been intriguing though, showing how the OS can handily beat even the most powerful Android flagships in real world usage.

  • Eric

    This is great. I was able to play around with an HTC Radar during one of those MS roadshows and I really feel that WP7 has a good, solid UI. Functionality-wise I can’t say much but as long as it can place/accept calls, send/receive SMS and interact with the web efficiently, then it’s alright.

    I was considering of buying the HTC Radar just to try out WP7 but it was a bit expensive. Maybe Nokia Lumia 610 would be a better alternative.

  • Ed

    pede na… hehe

  • Irwin

    With WP 7.5 (Tango) … Mango not Tango.

    • this one has Tango, not Mango… it’s Mango with a few more updates. I got confused by it as well. they shouldn’t have used the same version number for Tango.

  • I have a friend who owns a windows phone… And it is really attractive compared to my iPhone4s,,,
    But what scares me and makes me not wanting to buy it is its camera,ui and its few apps.

    • the camera is indeed so-so, but the 800 and 710 cameras are quite decent. the UI looks cool, works for a lot of people. the few apps, well that’s one of the biggest things Microsoft has to address on their mobile OS.

  • Ryan S.

    Sir Calvin, gud day! mag lalabas po ba kau official review nitong lumia 610? for you, anu po mas ok, lumia 610 or 710? 710 kc ok sana specs kaso ung design nia are not so.. un na.. Thanks.. more power!

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