Nokia may be using the international stage at Mobile World Congress to make an even larger push into Windows Phone as the Finnish phone-maker is rumored to debut the Lumia 610, an inexpensive Windows Phone 7 model. Nokia has thus far announced 3 Windows Phone 7 smartphones–the U.S.-centric 4G LTE Nokia Lumia 900 with a large display, a minimalist and design-forward Lumia 800, and the current budget-friendly Lumia 710 that is available in the U.S. through T-Mobile USA.
The Lumia 610 will see Windows Phone 7 approach price points of select entry-level Android handsets today. As the Lumia 710 costs £199.99 without a contract, the Lumia 610 is speculated to arrive for just £100 or under without contract.
At launch, Microsoft had focused on user experience with its Windows Phone 7 strategy, which places most, if not all, handsets in the mid-range to high-end segment. Since then, Microsoft has been speculated to be working on attacking Android in the low-cost budget segment, especially with the debut of the next-generation of Windows Phone 7 software update known as Tango.
In addition to empowering manufacturers like Nokia in being able to tackle the low-cost market, Tango is also rumored to bring new enhancements to the platform as well, including Skype video chat and better social network integration.
It’s unclear if Nokia intends on selling the Lumia 610 in the U.S. market. Thus far, Nokia’s launches have been region-specific and the manufacturer is now working more closely with carriers to launch new smartphone models rather than going with an unlocked strategy. There are exceptions to that rule, however, as the Lumia 800 debuted in the U.S. as a non-carrier branded unlocked 3G smartphone that’s compatible with AT&T’s HSPA+ network in the U.S. That phone is offered for sale through Microsoft retail stores.
In addition to the budget-friendly Lumia 610, Nokia is also expected to debut some high-end smartphones at the trade event as well.
Via: Tech Radar