Nokia Lumia 610 Arrives Costing Just €189

A year on from its announcement that it was getting into bed with Microsoft, Nokia has launched its fourth Windows Phone smartphone, the budget-friendly Nokia Lumia 610.

The Nokia Lumia 610 is the most affordable and low-end smartphone in the Lumia range of Windows Phone 7 smartphones and will launch with a price of just €189 when it is released in Q2 2012.

On pure specs terms, the Nokia Lumia 610 is pushing the boundaries of what Microsoft will allow, as it features an 800MHz processor, 256MB of RAM and a five megapixel camera. What makes all these lower specs possible is the updated version of Windows Phone 7.5, codenamed Tango, which the phone will run. However, this ‘lite’ version of the platform won’t allow users to access Bing Local Scout or automatic SkyDrive uploads.

Nokia Lumia 610

The Lumia 610 has a 3.7in WVGA (800×480) display and will come with 8GB of internal memory, which like the Lumia 710 won’t be expandable. The Lumia 610 will measure 119 x 62 x 12mm and weigh 131.5g.

Costing 70 per cent of the launch cost of the Lumia 710, Nokia’s previous lowest-cost Windows Phone handset, the Lumia 610 could open up the WP7 platform to a whole new audience, with the Finnish company focusing on the huge Chinese market with this new device.

We have managed to get some hands on time with the Lumia 610 and will be bringing you our first impressions very soon. Let us know in the comments what you think of the new Lumia phone from Nokia.

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