Nokia flings low-end Lumia at developing world
WinPho 7.5 for all
Nokia has officially unveiled the Lumia 510, a budget Windows Phone handset unlikely to excite enthusiasts of the latest tech.
With us Westerners distracted by incoming Windows Phone 8 kit, the Finnish firm today set its sights on flooding the developing market with more of yesterday's tech.
And after the company pulled the plug on the Symbian platform that adorns most of its current budget blower range, it was only a matter of time before focus switched to plugging low-end WinPho handsets instead.
The Lumia 510 runs Windows Phone 7.5 Mango on an 800MHz Qualcomm Snapdragon S1 processor with just 256MB of Ram. Nokia promises an upgrade to WinPho 7.8 at some point.
The handset shows its low-end qualities through a 4in, 480 x 800 display, a 5Mp rear-facing camera and 4GB of non-expandable storage. That unremarkable figure is boosted by 7GB of online storage through Microsoft SkyDrive, however.
The Nokia Lumia 510 comes in various colours that include, red, yellow, cyan, white and black. It'll hit the shelves of developing countries in November 2012 for roughly $199 (£125). ®
This must be some usage of the phrases "budget", "low-end", and "developing world" that I'm unfamiliar with. At that price point, it's hardly going to compete with the sub-$100 Android devices that dominate the smartphone market in the developing countries I visit in Asia and Africa.
Worse, not only do many of the Android phones have better tech specs than the Lumia 510, but they actually properly support non-Latin languages; the last Lumia WinPho I played with had such terrible support for Chinese, for instance, that I eventually just gave up trying to use it.
A gimped mango phone just in time for platform obsolescence.
That's because someone wanted rid of it desperately.
I have one too, I paid £30, and it indeed works just fine. It stops my living room door slamming shut when the patio doors are open.