Other than the Nokia Lumia 920 and 820 codenamed as the Phi and Arrow, respectively, there has appeared another rumored Lumia handset – the follow-up to the Lumia 610. The Verge came up with an interesting post, in which it disclosed the name and features of the cheapest Lumia’s successor.
The next model of the Lumia 610 is codenamed as the Glory. We have no idea what model number it will get at launch but it’s supposed to be called the Lumia 620. The Nokia Glory is rumored to sport a 4-inch display at 480×800 resolution, 256MB of RAM like its predecessor and an 800MHz processor. Surprisingly, it won’t run on Windows Phone 8 but will stick at Windows Phone 7.8.
The Nokia Glory is expected to be unveiled on September 5 alongside with its more powerful siblings. So we are waiting for a real show from Nokia.
If there’s one thing Nokia has done better than its competitors (most of the time, anyway) it’s finding a way to capture the budget market for mobile phones. The new Nokia Lumia 610 is the company’s latest offering in this class with a special emphasis on younger users. At $100 or less, this phone certainly is not going to be able to compete with the more pricey models in the smart phone sector, but it doesn’t appear as though that’s really on the Nokia radar.
The struggling electronics manufacturer was one of the dominant forces in mobile phones before the age of the smartphone. Since then the Taiwanese company has really been on the fringe. But their new Lumia series of phones is making a strong statement that you don’t need to spend a lot of money for adequate technology and functionality. The Lumia 610 does this nicely at a price high school and college kids should have no problem being able to afford.
Windows Phones 7.5
The first point of note with the Lumia 610 is that it’s the first model running the upgraded version of Windows Phone 7.5. This new version of Microsoft’s phone operating system is a slightly polished bug fix which took care of more than 500 known issues with the first version. The nice thing for users already familiar with Windows Phone is that the experience isn’t going to be any different in terms of mechanics should you purchase a new Lumia 610.
The only real disappointment here is that the hardware inside the Lumia 610 is less than what Microsoft recommends for 7.5. The result is that not all of the applications that typically come default with the operating system are included, simply because they either don’t run very well or they don’t work at all. Your apps on this phone may not be what you expect.
In order to stay inside the budget category Nokia cut back on the hardware. You can see from the following specs that the 610 is considerably less beefy than its two big brothers. Under the hood you find:
CPU – 800 MHz ARM Cortex-A5
GPU – Qualcomm Adreno 200
SoC – Qualcomm Snapdragon S1 MSM7227A
Memory – 256 MB RAM, up to 8 GB internal flash
Connectivity – 802.11b/g/n wi-fi, Bluetooth 2.1
Battery – 1300mAh Li-ion
Perhaps the weakest link of the Lumia 610 is the combination CPU/RAM. This setup would be barely enough to run Windows XP on a laptop or desktop, let alone the majority of today’s smartphones. The limitations presented by the CPU and memory really affect software choices to the extent that parents and kids might fight over this phone. Parents will love it because it’s affordable but kids may not be so happy when they compare it to their friend’s iPhone 4S or Samsung Galaxy.
Styling and Design
To make up for the less-than-ideal hardware, Nokia intends to still go after the younger crowd by bringing back a trend we thought had died out at the turn of the century. They’ve designed the Lumia 610 to have a removable back plate that can be exchanged with new plates of different colors. From the factory you can purchase this phone in one of four colors; there’s sure to be at least a small market for companies willing to make interchangeable pieces with wild colors and designs.
At 12 mm thick the Lumia 610 feels a bit awkward in your hand. But Nokia has done their best to make the case as ergonomic as possible, including using a rubber back on two of their models combined with gently curved edges. Unfortunately, the entire case is made of plastic so it feels extremely light and perhaps a bit amateurish. That probably won’t matter to younger owners however.
It was surprising to see a 5MP on a budget phone in this class. Nonetheless, there it is. The rear facing camera is adequate for those occasional pictures you realize you must have even though you don’t have your regular camera with you. However, Nokia has never been known for being the “go to guy” for heavy picture and video purposes. The quality will be decent but nowhere near as good as some higher end phones. Users also have to contend with the fact that takes several seconds for the camera app to open up. This certainly isn’t like the nearly instant readiness of the camera on some better models.
Nokia Lumia 610 Sample Photos
Software and Apps
If you’re the type of person that loves app collecting the Lumia 610 is probably not going to be your cup of tea. The fact that this is a Windows phone, combined with the restrictive nature of developing Windows software, means users don’t have nearly the access to apps that android and iPhone users have. Like many of the Windows phone makers, Nokia has tried to make up for the lack of software by developing a couple of apps of its own.
None of the Nokia based software is all that impressive, though it is functional. Users will notice that some of the apps that come by default on other Windows phones will not be included in the Lumia 610. Most notably anything that requires more than 90 MB of RAM is either going to be doggedly slow or completely dysfunctional. For that reason many have been left out and blocked from being downloaded and installed.
It’s hard to imagine any serious adult plunking down the money for this phone as a primary mobile device for them self. But it’s easy to see parents doing so in order to provide their children with a smartphone. The Lumia 610 is a great vehicle to get your pre-teens and younger teens connected without spending a lot of money and risking a big investment on behalf of kids who can sometimes be careless.
If that’s the market Nokia was going for we would say they hit a home run. If they are genuinely trying to go after more serious smartphone users by simply offering lower-priced gadget, they have probably failed.
When Windows Phone 8 was announced, geeks realized that Microsoft is entering a new phase. It’s no secret Microsoft’s mobile operating system didn’t support many hardware features. Everything changed with WP 7.5 Tango version. And presently Windows Phone 8 Apollo is a complete OS supporting many types of hardware. Now OEMs can make any device without thinking about the limitations. This makes us think Nokia and other OEMs will make not only high-end devices with larger screens and multi-core processors but also low-end handsets like the Nokia Lumia 610.
We came to conclusion by what Greg Sullivan, the senior product manager for Windows Phone, said. He told KnowYourMobile that the chassis now allows hardware makers to make both high-end and low-end devices. He especially noted that support for microSD card slots will help the manufacturers make cheaper Windows Phone 8 smartphones because they will pack their devices with smaller storages reducing the total price.
At the end, Sullivan said they will give an opportunity to carriers to sell Lumia 610-like handsets side by side with the Windows Phone 8 handsets at least 3-6 months. This means Windows Phone 8 is a real competitor to Android because this OS will be on all kind of handsets.
Canadian KooDo has announced via its Facebook page that the first Windows Phone handset to hit its shelves is the Nokia Lumia 610. According to the carrier, the low-end Nokia handset will be available on June 6.
This smartphone is known for the combination of high-end software and low-end hardware. For example, you can’t find another phone with 256MB of RAM. But Nokia has dared and launched this device, which runs Windows Phone 7.5 Tango smoothly. Of course, there were apps and games that were incompatible with this hardware but Nokia made the developers redesign their products and launch again. Earlier, Microsoft announced only 5 percent of Marketplace apps won’t be able to run on a handset with 256MB of RAM but it didn’t mention that the 5 percent would include the best ones including Skype, Angry Birds and so on.
Anyway, the Lumia 610 is a good option for those who want to own a Lumia handset and not pay much. KooDo’s requiring the cheapest price – only $175 outright, while if you want to get it with a contract, the phone will be given to you for free.
Though Nokia’s latest announcements made at investors conference call can’t be called gleeful, there was one regarding China, and it said that the Nokia Lumia 610 would be launched there in a few weeks.
During the aforementioned event Elop said the second largest Chinese carrier, China Unicom would be their closest partner in bundling and promoting the Lumia 610 with its lower priced 3G plans in the country. The original statement reads as follows:
“We’re in the very early days in China with the Lumia product line, and we are quite pleased about what’s going on in China right now. It’s complicated, because you have to engage in, for example, the operator discussions with the low price operator rate plan bundling that is going on. And we are very pleased that even with the price point of the Lumia 610, for the first time, we broke through there, and now are part of some of those plans with China Unicom. Which is something three months ago we haven’t achieved.”
Though we don’t know the release details, we are sure Chinese smartphone users can expect lower price tags and affordable data plans.
The Nokia Lumia 610 has been launched in many countries, and it seems it will be available in every corner of the world. The phone is very popular, and though some promises of Microsoft have not been kept, this low-end device still continues giving pleasure for a while. At the moment, you can note two more countries where the Nokia Lumia 610 is already available — Ireland and Mexico.
The phone is sold in Ireland in both versions — unlocked and on contract. The SIM-free price of the device is 179.99 Euros (£145, $225), while if you sign a 12-month contract with Vodafone, Meteor or eMobile, you will have to pay 49 Euros and choose one of the data plans starting at 29.50 Euros per month.
As for Mexico, the Lumia 610 is available via Telcel in black, cyan, magenta and white. It is sold on both regular contract (Plan Telcel), or prepaid with an Amigo Kit for $MXN 3,499 (approx. USD $250).
As you see, both countries are offering the Nokia Lumia 610 at under $250 price tag, which is one of the selling points of the device. In this sense, this smartphone can become a king in the niche.
The other day we learned there are a myriad of MarketPlace apps, which cannot be installed on the Nokia Lumia 610 or another smartphone sporting 256MB of RAM. Before the phone was launched yet, Microsoft used to claim such a capacity wouldn’t prevent it from running different apps at the same time. Now that we can get our hands on the phone, it’s clear many useful apps will be out of memory. Interestingly, Microsoft agrees with it.
Well, if you own a Lumia 610 and want to know which apps cannot be installed on it, take a look at the list of apps provided by Pocketinfo.nl:
Sid Meier;s Pirates
NFS Hot Pursuit
Let’s Golf 2
Plant vs Zombies
Deer Hunter 3D
Nokia City Lens
Iberia Navigation GPS Tuner
Navigation Europe GPS Tuner
Hi Dodonpac maximum
NFS: Hot Pursuit
Lets Golf 2
Beards & Beaks
Hydro Thunder GO
Fable: Coin Golf
Brain Challenge HD
Glyder: Worlds of Adventure
The Sims 3
As you see, the list is really long, and it includes almost all the best Windows Phone apps and games. Though Rovio has announced it is working on another variant of Angry Birds, which will support 256MB of RAM, I am not sure other developers will come with such a deal.
Initially the Nokia Lumia 610 was announced to support Skype, and though many geeks were claiming the app is not compatible with the 256MB RAM of the device, Nokia used to say right the opposite. It’s unreasonable to say Skype was determined as the selling point of the device but the fact many consumers would like to see the app running on their devices is obvious. Unfortunately, it took Nokia several weeks to realize they cannot work together. As a result, Skype is no longer available at MarketPlace for the Nokia Lumia 610.
Nokia has admitted its fault and made an official statement saying Skype is incompatible with low-memory Windows Phone handsets. The statement reads:
Nokia attaches great importance to the launch of products and services to bring the user experience, so even if the Skype Windows Phone version on the Nokia Lumia 610 does, but after intensive testing, we found the user experience does not guarantee to Nokia and Skype the expected level. Therefore, we do not recommend users to use Skype on the Nokia Lumia 610. Nokia Lumia 610 users in the Windows Phone Marketplace will not be able to download Skype, Windows Phone version. Skype, Windows Phone version will continue to open to other users to download.
On the whole, the Nokia Lumia 610 is the most affordable Windows Phone smartphone of the company, and though it sports decent specs and runs various useful apps, this phone just can’t do everything.
The most affordable Nokia Windows Phone device dubbed the Nokia Lumia 610 is already launched in many countries. The phone was firstly released in the Philippines. The rest of the world is gradually getting its own units. Among them we have Ireland, Luxemburg, the Netherlands, Australia and India. As to the UK, the phone was expected to arrive in this market this week, and it did arrive.
The black Lumia 610 is currently available via Clove UK, which announced its plans on the phone much earlier, though then the device was being pre-ordered at £228 (about $362). As of now, Clove requires only $285 (£180 including VAT) for the unlocked model meaning it is capable of working on any network, and there is no agreement attached to the phone. The cyan variant of the Lumia 610 will be available next week.
Undoubtedly, the Nokia Lumia 610 will be released via different mobile operators, and afterward, its price will drop down. In this regard, you can wait until then, but if you’re looking forward to getting your hands on the first WP Tango device, Clove UK’s offer is in no way a bad option.
Two latest Nokia Lumia smartphones will be launched in Australia next month. This was officially announced yesterday at a media event organized by Nokia. Those handsets are the Lumia 900 and 610, which are already launched in several countries and have already managed to win users’ hearts. Australia has always been kind to Nokia and its handsets, so these two smartphones must be sold well.
The Australian variant of the top-end Lumia 900 won’t support LTE like AT&T’s and Canadian Rogers’ models, but it will come with HSDPA+, which is way faster than typical 3G. The selling points of the phone are the 4.3-inch AMOLED screen, 1.4GHz processor, 8MP rear camera with Carl Zeiss optics, 1.3MP frontal camera, Windows Phone 7.5 Mango OS and Nokia’s exclusive apps.
As to the Lumia 610, it comes with fewer attractive features. Though this handset is known for WP Tango OS, there is some hardware for the first time found on a smartphone, say the 256MB of RAM, and the low price.
The Lumia 610 will cost $0 with a two-year contract, while the unlocked model will be priced at $329. It will be exclusively offered via Boost Mobile until July, when Vodafone launches the device. You mustn’t expect NFC-support with the phone because it’s exclusive to Orange France. The Lumia 900 will be sold for $59 on a 2-year contract or for $699 unlocked and contract-free. The exact launch date is not available yet.