Nokia Lumia 610: Windows Phone on a budget

Nokia has announced the launch of the Nokia 610, a new budget Lumia handset at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona.

Calling it  "the perfect introduction to Windows Phone", Nokia says the new device will have a metallic edge and come with the Windows Phone 7 operating system.

In a move to keep the cost down, the specs will be pushed down as well, with Microsoft announcing at the same time that it will be dropping the minimum spec requirements for Windows Phone 7. That, in the real world, means less memory (256MB compared to 512MB) and a slower processor from Qualcomm.

However, that hasn't stopped Nokia bundling all its dedicated WP7 software, including Nokia Drive, Nokia Music and Nokia Transport

The Nokia Lumia 610 will cost €189 and launch before June. It will be available in Magenta, Cyan, White and Black.

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