At a press event held today in Delhi, Nokia officially announced the Lumia 510. The handset will be available for sale across the country in the first week of November at a price point below Rs 11,000.
Over the past few weeks reports has indicated that a budget Lumia smartphone was in the works, and that it would be first launched in China. Out of nowhere, Nokia India teased an arithmetic problem on its official Facebook page, which indicated that the brand would unveil the Lumia 510 sooner than expected, and that India would be one of the first to receive the handset.
The Nokia Lumia 510 will run Windows Phone 7.8 out of the box and this puts to rest any speculations that it would first run on Windows Phone 7.5 and later be updated to the new Windows Phone 7.8 platform. This budget Lumia is powered by an 800MHz single core processor and features 256MB of RAM. These details are on par with the specifications leaked earlier.
The cheapest Lumia yet
Apart from this, the handset features a 4-inch WVGA display with a resolution of 480 x 800 pixels and 4GB of internal memory. The handset will also come equipped with 7GB of cloud storage. The handset features a 5 megapixel rear camera but unfortunately no front facing camera. The smartphone uses a 1300mAh battery that should offer a fairly good battery life.
Besides the above mentioned features, Nokia has also preloaded the handset with a bundle of other Nokia powered apps such as Maps, Transport, and Drive. Three months of unlimited access to Nokia Music Nokia MixRadio will also be available for consumers of this handset. To enhance the camera abilities, Nokia has also given users the option to download Camera Extras.
For those who use handsets run on the Windows Phone 7.8 platform, Nokia stated that it will deliver existing Lumia customers exclusive new Marketplace apps such as Camera Extras to bring new possibilities to the Lumia line up including panorama shots, a self-timer, Action Shot for capturing movement, and Smart Group Shot for creating the perfect group shot from several different images; new features for Nokia Drive and Nokia Transport; and also distributing a pattern of updates such as Wi-Fi tethering and flip-to-silence.
Handsets running the Windows Phone 7.8 operating system will not be able to get the Windows Phone 8 update. Nokia had stated that Lumia devices with Windows Phone 7.5 will be provided with updates to some of the new Windows Phone 8 features, such as the start screen. The devices will also be allowed to download new apps from companies such as Zynga, whose Words with Friends and Draw Something will be available by the third quarter of this year.
The official price of the Lumia 510 is not available yet. Nokia has stated that the handset will be released in the first week of November at a price of less than Rs 11,000.
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