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Nokia intros budget-friendly Lumia 610 Windows Phone, Lumia 900 global edition

Nokia has beefed up their Lumia line-up with the announcement of its newest member, the Nokia Lumia 610, at MWC 2012

The Lumia 610 sports a 3.7-inch touchscreen, a 5-megapixel AF camera with LED flash, Bluetooth 21, WiFi (b/g/n) connectivity, 8GB internal memory (no microSD card slot), and an 800MHz with 256MB RAM running under the hood. If it’s not obvious enough, this one’s the entry level model in the Nokia Windows Phone family

SRP of the Nokia Lumia 610 over in Europe is €189, or roughly Php10,800.

UPDATE: The Nokia Lumia 610 SRP has officially been announced, and the good new is, it’s just slightly more expensive than the listed price above.

Its specs is certainly less than stellar, but its price is definitely its saving grace.

ETA? The Lumia 610 is scheduled to begin shipping in Q2 2012.

And for those of you lusting for the AT&T exclusive Nokia Lumia 900, here’s great news for you. It’s official! The beast is going global (sans LTE connectivity), and just like the Lumia 610, it too will beginning shipping in Q2.

Euro SRP of the Nokia Lumia 900 is €480, or around Php27500 in local currency.

Needless to say, if you’ve got the hots for Nokia’s Windows Phone behemoth, it’s best to start saving up for it ’cause it’s all now just a question when the Nokia Lumia 900 will hit Philippine stores. Just note, its local price isn’t confirmed yet, but its Euro SRP should give you an idea on its possible retail price once it arrives in local shores.

For more on these two Nokia Windows Phone treats, you can check out the full press release below:

Nokia expands Lumia experience to new price points and geographies

- New Nokia Lumia 610 provides a younger audience with the perfect introduction to the rich social, Web and entertainment experience of Windows Phone.

- The Nokia Lumia 900 brings high speed connectivity and a superior content experience to more countries around the world

Barcelona, Spain and Espoo, Finland – Nokia today announced the next stage in its plans to introduce unique Lumia experiences to more people around the world.

The new Nokia Lumia 610 is Nokia’s fourth and most affordable Lumia smartphone, designed as the perfect introduction to Windows Phone for a younger audience. The Nokia Lumia 610 makes it easy to keep in touch with friends, providing instant access to social networks and bringing all mobile, email, Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn contacts into one place. It also makes it easier to browse the Web with Internet Explorer and to access games through Xbox Live. Available with Nokia Maps, Nokia Drive, Nokia Transport and Nokia Music, people can also choose from thousands of apps in the Windows Phone Marketplace to further personalize the experience.

With a distinctive profile and finely beveled metallic edges, the Nokia Lumia 610 is built to convey both quality and aspiration. It comes in white, cyan, magenta and black, is priced at EUR189* and is expected to begin shipping in the second quarter of 2012.

The Nokia Lumia 610 was made possible thanks to a new software release from Microsoft delivering enhanced capabilities to the Windows Phone 7.5 platform. The software release, available from April optimizes Windows Phone to support lower memory and processor requirements, while still delivering the same great experience for more affordable products. In addition, Windows Phone will now include the network and language requirements for China. As a result, Nokia announced plans to make a range of Lumia smartphones available in China, covering both CDMA and WCDMA technologies, in the coming months.

After launching the Nokia Lumia 900 as its first LTE smartphone, Nokia is also making the phone available around the world in a DC-HSPA variant, for high speed data connection (42Mbits download) in countries where LTE is not available. The Nokia Lumia 900 features a 4.3 inch ClearBlack AMOLED display for a superior touch and viewing experience. It also features Nokia’s highest capacity battery making it the perfect Lumia phone for enjoying media and entertainment on the move. The primary camera on the Nokia Lumia 900 has exclusive Carl Zeiss optics, a large aperture for improved performance in low light conditions and wide angle focal length for capturing full 16:9 images. It is also the first Lumia phone to feature a front-facing camera, with large aperture and wide-angle lens for sharp, bright images and video calling out of the box.

The Nokia Lumia 900 will be available in white, cyan and black, is priced at EUR 480* and also expected to begin shipping in the second quarter of 2012.

The Lumia range will also benefit from the launch of new signature Nokia experiences on the Windows Phone platform:

- Nokia Reading is the next milestone in Nokia’s strategy to offer a comprehensive entertainment experience on Lumia. Nokia Reading provides a single, integrated hub experience, leveraging a panorama design to make it easier and faster to enjoy news, ebooks and audio books, including the ability to access content offline and pin dynamic content to the start screen as a Live Tile. With an emphasis on local language materials wherever it becomes available, Nokia Reading delivers a highly personalized and locally relevant service. Future updates will include the ability to build dynamic magazines from feeds for a single integrated view of favourite online content. With no sign-in or subscriptions, Nokia Reading will be available from April.

- Nokia Transport, coming to Lumia for the first time, provides convenient door-to-door, underground, tram, suburban train, and bus directions for over 500 cities across 46 countries. With step-by-step directions to the nearest station as well as timetable information on when the next bus or train is arriving for more than 80 cities, Nokia Transport will be available to download from the Windows Phone Marketplace in March.

- A new update to Nokia Drive, the free voice-guided, turn by turn navigation app that turns any Lumia smartphone into a personal navigation device will provide full offline use and features speed limit alerts. The update will also be available to download from the Windows Phone Marketplace in March.

Allan David

Allan David

Online, Allan’s got you covered as far as news (and some reviews every now and then) goes. Offline, you’ll see him either sweating it out in the badminton courts or dining out in one of the new restos around town. His favorite noodles: cold soba.

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