Lumia 610 headed to Europe in NFC flavour
Nokia makes handset official with the increasingly common connectivity option
Published: 11 April, 2012
Following the emergence of a video on YouTube which confirmed the handset's existence Nokia has made an NFC version of the Lumia 610 official. The 610 is the most affordable Windows Phone that the Finnish phone maker currently makes and Orange is going to be the first carrier to offer the NFC version of the device in Europe. It looks to be a key part of the carrier's plans to roll out its NFC services to all its European territories.
In terms of its specs the 610 is on a level with the multitudes of budget Android handsets out there and offers a 3.7" display, single-core 800MHz processor and 256MB of RAM. Built-in storage is pretty good for such a modestly spec'd device at 8GB though as it's a Window Phone it doesn't support expansion via a microSD card slot. Other key features include a 5mp rear-facing camera and a 1300mAh hour battery which should deliver around 7.5 hours of 3G talk time.
While the 610's low price tag is a big part of attraction the inclusion of NFC will prove even more of a draw allowing users to read NFC tags and make wireless payments in addition to plenty of other potential applications.
There's no word yet on how much it's going to cost, though will probably keep the title of the most affordable Windows Phone, but has been pegged for release early in Q3 this year.
"The Nokia Lumia smartphones have been very well received by Orange customers. We are now going one step further and adding an NFC-enabled handset to this popular range of devices, enabling people to use contactless services via a single tap. Nokia is a natural fit for us regarding NFC and, like Orange, has shown a very early commitment to the standard" said Orange's senior VP of mobile & multimedia devices Yves Maitre.
The announcement is more good news for Windows Phone fans and follows on from the official launch of the OS in China and the release of the Lumia 900 in the US and Canada, both big milestones on Microsoft's journey to catch up with Android and iOS.