Nokia added the bottom-of-the range Nokia Lumia 610 to its line of Windows Phones at a press conference in the UK today (Thursday), saying that stocks should reach the shops in the first week of June. A spokesman said the 610 would be available from "most of the major operators at around £15 per month," assuming a two-year contract. O2's prices start at £13.50 per month with a free handset.
"People didn't think we'd have this wide a range at this stage," said the spokesman.
The Finnish company did not quote a UK price for a SIM-free version, but the 610 has just gone on sale in Italy at €199.90, and in the UK, Expansys is offering it for £189.99 with free delivery.
The Lumia 610 comes in a choice of four colours: black, white, cyan and magenta.
This is Nokia's fourth Windows Phone. With the 610 and 710, it has now added two models below the original Lumia 800, while the Lumia 900 sits at the top of the range. The 900 has a 4.3in screen, while all the others have 3.7in screens. Also, both the 800 and 900 have AMOLED screens. All the models run Windows Phone 7.5 (Mango).
As an entry-level phone, the 610 has a limited specification. This includes an 800MHz processor, 256MB of memory, and 8GB of storage. This should be enough for most purposes, but Nokia's Hong Kong division was quoted as saying that it had decided not to support Skype on it.
Also, like the Lumia 710, the 610 has a 5-megapixel camera, whereas the 800 and 900 have 8MP cameras with Carl Zeiss lenses.
At the London press conference, Nokia also showed off the PureView 808 Symbian phone. This features a 41MP camera that is claimed to be the best camera on any smartphone on the market. However, Nokia said "it's not announced yet" and declined to say when it might be available. For more details, see my February post, MWC 2012: Nokia's surprising 41MP Symbian phone.