Nokia's Lumia 610 headed to UK late May
It got the Lumia 800 first but has had to wait for this more affordable device
Published: 16 May, 2012
For anyone after a reasonably priced Windows Phone in the UK it looks like it won't be long before the Lumia 610 goes on sale there. Online retailer Clove is currently offering the device for pre-order with the first stock due in later this month. Including VAT the phone is set to cost £180 SIM-free bringing it closer in price to some of the more affordable Android devices out there. The handset has already been available in the US for a while where it's failed to make much of an impact despite its low price.
Key features of the device include a 3.7" display, single-core 800MHz processor and 256MB of RAM. Built-in storage weighs in at 8GB and there's a 1300mAh battery powering it all which is said to offer 7.5 hours of 3G talk time.
All in all it's not a bad package though for £180 it's worth pointing out that the Lumia 710 has been on sale in the UK for a little while and currently costs around £170 (inc VAT) offering not only a faster processor at 1.4GHz but twice as much RAM as well. As is often the case with pre-order prices it's likely to change when it's released properly, and hopefully it will.
Not only, in this instance, does Nokia face competition from itself if the retailer doesn't drop the price, but an impending wave of budget Android devices that ship with Ice Cream Sandwich installed. Only this week two ICS handsets in the same price bracket as the Lumia 610 have come to light and the number is only going to keep increasing.
However even if the price managed to be significantly lower than £180 it's no guarantee that this phone is phone will capture consumers' attention as even with well praised hardware and an Operating System well loved by those who use it Windows Phones are still struggling to gain much traction in the marketplace.