Nokia Prepares Budget Lumia 610, Mysterious "Pure" Announcement
February 22, 2012 10:16 AM
comment(s) - last by
White Lumias are also nearing the market
several sources as confirming weeks of rumors that Nokia Oyj. (
) -- 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
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.
The Nokia Lumia 610 [Image Source: Data Mobile Phone]
The new phone is
to run Microsoft Corp.'s (
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
") -- 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 (
) playbook and is going to be releasing glossy white variants of its various Lumia smartphones [
Nokia is preparing white Lumias for the market. [Images Source:
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
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
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.
paid Nokia $250M USD
for its loyal support of the Windows Phone platform.
This article is over a month old, voting and posting comments is disabled
RE: Want the 800... with hirez
2/23/2012 12:44:08 AM
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.
"Young lady, in this house we obey the laws of thermodynamics!" -- Homer Simpson
Nokia Makes Very Soft "Aggressive" Launch of Lumia 900 LTE Windows Phone
January 9, 2012, 6:50 PM
Samsung, Nokia, and HTC Prepare to "Tango" With LTE Windows Phones
January 2, 2012, 4:37 PM
Microsoft to Follow Windows Phone Mango With Tango, Apollo in 2012
December 28, 2011, 5:06 PM
Samsung's Cell Phone Sales Surpass 300 Million
December 12, 2011, 9:08 AM
Windows Phone 7.5 at Last: Nokia Officially Announces Lumia 800, 710
October 26, 2011, 7:38 AM
iOS's "Weak" Autogenerated Personal Hotspot Passwords Cracked in 50 Seconds
June 19, 2013, 4:02 PM
Desperate to Win Mobile Business, Facebook CEO Pays Samsung a Visit
June 19, 2013, 2:28 PM
Report: Next-Generation Surface RT Tablet to Feature Qualcomm's Snapdragon Processor
June 19, 2013, 8:41 AM
Google Starts Testing Balloons to Provide Internet Service to Ground Users
June 19, 2013, 8:20 AM
Lenovo Introduces $900, 15" ThinkPad S531 Ultrabook
June 18, 2013, 3:46 PM
Just How Powerful is the Xbox One? Microsoft is Confused
June 18, 2013, 11:30 AM
Most Popular Articles
Source: Don't Worry, NSA Spies on "99 Percent" of Americans' Locations, Call Records
June 14, 2013, 3:57 PM
Xbox Chief: If You Can't Get Online, Don't Buy an Xbox One
June 12, 2013, 9:57 AM
GigaHertz Wars 2.0? AMD Releases World's First 5.0 GHz FX Processor
June 11, 2013, 3:16 PM
Former Palm CEO: Selling Palm to HP was a Waste
June 12, 2013, 10:19 AM
Report: Apple to Release Larger iPhone Screens, Cheaper iPhone for $99
June 13, 2013, 9:41 AM
Latest Blog Posts
Lumosity: Does it Work?
May 22, 2013, 8:20 PM
Quick Note: Sony "Teases" PS4 Ahead of Xbox Reveal in New Video
May 20, 2013, 12:33 PM
Nokia Introduces Instagram-Like App of Its Own to Help Lumia Sales
May 20, 2013, 7:10 AM
Parents of Pre-Teen Drivers Commonly Practice Distracted Driving Says Study
May 9, 2013, 7:16 AM
Apple's iOS 7 Running Into Internal Delays Due to Massive Overhaul
May 1, 2013, 4:26 PM
More Blog Posts
Copyright 2013 DailyTech LLC. -
Terms, Conditions & Privacy Information