Hands-on: Nokia Lumia 610, 900, Asha 202, 203 and 302

Hands-on: Nokia Lumia 610, 900, Asha 202, 203 and 302

Hands-on: Nokia Lumia 610, 900, Asha 202, 203 and 302 


Nokia 610 - The Most Affordable Windows Phone Handset Yet 

Nokia today took the wraps off its fourth Windows Phone handset, the Lumia 610 at Mobile World Congress (MWC) 2012. Similar to the Lumia 710, the Lumia 610 is aimed at the entry level market segment with the younger generation as its target audience.

The launch of the Nokia Lumia 610 coincided with the announcement that the Windows Phone platform will support devices with lower memory and processor requirements from April onwards with a software update. Nokia claimed that it is still able to deliver the same level of user experience on the Lumia 610 as the other more powerful devices.

Nokia hopes to extend its reach to new and more affordable price points with the Lumia 610. It comes equipped with the standard suite of Nokia's exclusive apps which are Nokia Music, Nokia Maps and Nokia Drive.

  Key Highlights of the Nokia Lumia 610

  • Microsoft Windows Phone 7.5 Mango
  • 3.7-inch LCD capacitive touchscreen / 800 x 480 pixels   
  • Qualcomm Snapdragon S1 800MHz single-core processor 
  • 256MB RAM / 8GB onboard storage (no microSD expandability)
  • Wi-Fi 802.11/b/g/n
  • 5-megapixel autofocus camera / LED flash / f/2.2 aperture and 28mm wide angle lens 
  • Bluetooth 2.1 + EDR
  • 1300mAh battery
  • 119 x 62 x 12mm
  • 131.5g
     
  • Availability: Expected to ship in Q2 2012 with a price of EUR189.

 

Nokia Lumia 900 - Going to a Market Near You

First launched at CES 2012, the Nokia Lumia 900 will be shipping to new markets in a DC-HSPA variant from Q2 onwards. Here's a quick refresh of the Lumia 900's specs:

 

Asha 202, 203 and 302 - New Asha Members 

Both the Nokia Asha 202 and 203 pair the traditional alphanumeric keypads with a 2.4-inch touch screen, making it easier for users to switch between the two modes of navigation for different scenarios such as messaging and web browsing.

For those who are looking for a dual-sim phone, the Asha 202 may be the ideal choice as it sports Dual SIM Easy Swap technology with a dedicated SIM manager to personalize the device and save up to five SIM cards with their respective information. 

The two Asha models are the first Series 40 devices to offer EA games. As part of a 60-day promotion at Nokia Store, consumers who purchase either model can download the EA 40-game pack (worth 75 EUR) for free. The estimated price for each model is about 60 EUR, excluding taxes and subsidies and are expected to start shipping in Q2.

As the first Series 40 phone to support Mail for Exchange, the Nokia Asha 302 is well suited for young business professionals who want to access their emails, calendars and contacts on an exchange server. It also adopts a more elegant QWERTY candy bar form factor to appeal to the young crowd. The Nokia 302 runs on a 1GHz single-core processor and supports 3.5G data speeds, which is on par with some of the entry level Android smartphones. 

All three new members of the Asha family come with Nokia Browser, which helps consumers save money by compressing data up to 90%. This enables users to enjoy a faster and more optimized web surfing experience on the Asha devices. The Nokia Asha 302 is available now at 95 EUR.