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White Lumias are also nearing the market

Reuters has cited several sources as confirming weeks of rumors that Nokia Oyj. (HEL:NOK1V) -- the world's largest phone-maker by volume (when feature phones are included in the mix) -- is preparing to unveil a budget Windows Phone handset at the 2012 Mobile World Congress next week in Barcelona, Spain.  

I. New Phones -- The Lumia 610, White Variants

Past reports from other sources hint at a sub-$160 price, off contract, which would make the phone half as expensive as the Lumia 710, which retails for $315 USD off contract.

 Nokia Lumia 610
The Nokia Lumia 610 [Image Source: Data Mobile Phone]

The new phone is expected to run Microsoft Corp.'s (MSFT) new Windows Phone Tango release, which will include support for lower-end hardware.  Specifically, Tango is thought to allow for a spec that support slower processors (the current spec mandates a 1 GHz single-core processor) and lower resolution screens (the current spec mandates 480x800 4-point capactive multi-touch screens) -- which possibly may lack multi-touch.

The new budget models will fill a gap in what globally is known as "mid-range" smartphones, but which American consumer tend to think of as "low-end" smartphones.  Nokia currently offers true low-end "smart" feature phones which uses its in-house developed S40 operating system.  Going ahead, Windows Phone should occupy its high- to mid-range lineup, while S40 will continue to be its go-to operating system on the low end.

The new model would mark Nokia's fourth major Windows Phone launch, following the Nokia Lumia 710 and Nokia Lumia 800 ("Sea Ray") -- which debuted in October -- and the Nokia Lumia 900's debut at CES.

Reports also indicate that Nokia is borrowing a page from Apple, Inc.'s (AAPL) playbook and is going to be releasing glossy white variants of its various Lumia smartphones [1][2].  

Nokia white Lumia phones
Nokia is preparing white Lumias for the market. [Images Source: Engadget]

The white Nokia 800 has been officially announced and ships at the end of the month.  The Nokia 900's white variant was leaked via an accidental post to the company's corporate Facebook.  Reportedly the white Nokia 900 has also been given as an option to some users in the $25 preorder for the handset that's going on over at the Microsoft Store.

An international version of the Lumia 900, supporting more global networks' 3G and 4G frequencies is also expected.

II. A Surprise

Last, but not least, a mysterious video direct-from-Nokia has surfaced on YouTube:



It looks like it might have something to do with imaging given the phrases "Pure detail", "Pure depth", and "Pure definition", followed by the catch phrase "Get ready to capture a pure view."

As an extra bonus here's another video of a Finnish print shop using an antique printing press to craft fliers for Nokia's "Pure" announcement.



It doesn't really give any extra insight into exactly what Nokia plans, and there's no sound, but something about watching a Nordic craftsman use a CAD-machined wood printing block on a classic piece of machinery is impressive to us.

III. Windows Phone Outlook

Nokia has struggled to get Windows Phone out the gate, but it finally appears to be coming on strong, ramping up for an aggressive 2012 Windows Phone campaign.  Early sales of the Nokia 710 and 800 have been small given the limited release geography, but the exceeded analysts' pessimistic predictions.  Nokia will surely look to continue to surprise performance-wise as it makes the push to make Windows Phone a true third competitor to Android and Apple's iPhone in market share.

Microsoft recently paid Nokia $250M USD for its loyal support of the Windows Phone platform.

Sources: Reuters, TechRadar



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Want the 800... with hirez
By Belard on 2/22/2012 11:38:41 AM , Rating: 2
I'm waiting for the 800 series to come out with WP8 and higher rez than the current 480x800 which is about a 2 year old screen spec.

Come on Nokia, get with the times... the body and screen looks great, but we need better specs for 2012.




RE: Want the 800... with hirez
By DWwolf on 2/22/2012 1:37:17 PM , Rating: 3
Have you actually seen the 800 screen ? It's gorgeous.


RE: Want the 800... with hirez
By Reclaimer77 on 2/22/2012 2:24:00 PM , Rating: 1
Every smartphone has a "gorgeous" screen though. Screens aren't even a selling point anymore because maybe 1% of the population can notice a difference in screen quality from phone to phone, and even less than 1% could tell you the difference between Retina, SAMOLED SAMOLED+, SLCD etc etc.


RE: Want the 800... with hirez
By rburnham on 2/22/2012 2:57:34 PM , Rating: 2
Not really. I went from a T-Mobile Comet to a Samsung Focus and the Focus's screen was far prettier than the Comet. Even my wife, who cares little for such things, was quite impressed. So much so that she bought a Focus of her own. Now, compared to an iPhone 4, it might be harder to see the difference.

Then again, I might be part of that small group that notices these things, and that might stem from years of being a tech guy, so you still might have a point.


RE: Want the 800... with hirez
By Micronite on 2/22/2012 3:15:57 PM , Rating: 2
I disagree. While I may know the technical basics of screen difference, it didn't take a technical knowledge to observe that the display on my DroidX looked better than my DroidX2.

Resolution is better, but I could definitely see the PenTile problem without any foreknowledge. I wouldn't call it "gorgeous".


RE: Want the 800... with hirez
By seamonkey79 on 2/22/2012 6:20:12 PM , Rating: 2
World of difference between my Eris to Incredible, and an even greater difference between the Incredible and the Rezound... you take multiple phones and actually view them, they're almost all noticeably different from each other.


RE: Want the 800... with hirez
By Omega215D on 2/22/2012 8:03:09 PM , Rating: 2
The Droid 4 and Bionic, to me, looked as if they had a slight screen door effect to them compared to the Droid Razr and MAXX. The AMOLED on the Galaxy Nexus and Razr had a slight blue tint on white screens at certain angles. The Incredible, Incredible 2 and Rezound were great to look at but had problems with battery life and less brightness with the Rezound.

In terms of resolution, I only noticed the low res when viewing web pages with text or certain photos.


RE: Want the 800... with hirez
By Complinitor on 2/22/12, Rating: 0
RE: Want the 800... with hirez
By tayb on 2/22/2012 4:12:02 PM , Rating: 3
Go get a Windows Phone then. It was a joy during my limited use. The UI and overall experience seemed far superior than my Droid X.


RE: Want the 800... with hirez
By 37Maximus37 on 2/22/2012 3:02:19 PM , Rating: 3
Really? That's your concern?? Are you joking. You can't even see the pixels on a phone with 480x800 or higher. Go look at a Lumia 800 before commenting.

The screen is the best I've seen, better than an iPhone.


RE: Want the 800... with hirez
By Zuul on 2/22/2012 3:47:55 PM , Rating: 2
Get with 2012? This is how the "2 year old screen spec" of 480 x 800 on all WP7 devices compares against the current hot phones on the market:

Samsung Galaxy S2: 480 x 800
Google Nexus S: 480 x 800
iPhone 4: 640 x 960
iPhone 4s: 640 x 960

Do you actually see a noticeable difference comparing it against an iPhone 4/4s screen? If you look really close than yes when they are side by side. When you don't have them side by side, you'd never know the difference.

Having a higher resolution screen, when the real world impact is minimal, makes sense only if you are after bragging rights.


RE: Want the 800... with hirez
By Aloonatic on 2/22/2012 5:58:39 PM , Rating: 3
Sorry, I can't agree with you.

You see, what you and the OP have missed out is the screen size.

I have a HTC sensation, and I really can tell the difference when I use a smaller, 480 x 800 screen phone. It's very noticeable.

Of course, part of that is because a lot of the lower rez phones, like the L 800, are smaller, so in a way the rez is not the issue, it's the sheer size of the screen that's the problem.

Then you also have to factor in what you use your phone for. If it's mostly apps that haven't been written for qHD or 720p screens (as seen on the android phones that you conveniently missed off of your list) or to scale on them, they you probably will not benefit a great deal.

If you use your phone for looking at web pages and e-mal, the extra screen size and resolution of other phones that exist is a very noticeable feature, and you will notice the difference when you look at other phones after using a higher rez screen for a while.


RE: Want the 800... with hirez
By JKflipflop98 on 2/22/2012 6:33:53 PM , Rating: 2
Indeed. I see the real issue here being the small screen size itself. You could put a 1080P OLED panel in there, but if it's only 3.5 inches then you're putting up with some serious eye strain. The answer is a wearable set of OLED glasses connected to a smartphone-form-factor PC.


RE: Want the 800... with hirez
By sprockkets on 2/23/2012 12:44:08 AM , Rating: 2
Just because the resolution went up doesn't mean the size of the information went smaller - just like when the iphone went 4x in resolution (2x2) the icons and text were the same - the dpi just went higher.


RE: Want the 800... with hirez
By sprockkets on 2/22/2012 6:34:10 PM , Rating: 2
Same here. Don't want a HTC Titan either with such a low res and big size. I may have gotten a Samsung Note though if it worked on TMob.

And if you want to compare:

http://www.phonearena.com/news/Samsung-Galaxy-Note...

But hey, if it works for you, go ahead. Once we all reach 720p displays that should do it.


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