Nokia unveils Lumia 610 and the 900 goes global

With four Lumia smartphones now under its belt, Nokia announces the Lumia 610 and expands the 900's availability.

The Lumia 610 is unveiled at Nokia's MWC 2012 press conference. Kent German/CNET

If you've already been drooling over Nokia's Lumia family these past few months, get ready for the manufacturer's newest addition to the lineup: the Lumia 610.

The Nokia Lumia 610 is the fourth Lumia model. Nokia

The 610 is aimed toward a younger audience and will be one of the first few phones to run Windows Phone Tango. It will go for about $254 (before subsidy) and will be shipping out in the second quarter of this year.

The handset provides access to popular social networking services like Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn. It comes equipped with Nokia-specific apps like Maps, Drive, Transport, and Music, as well as some Microsoft apps like Internet Explorer (with the Bing search engine, of course) and Xbox Live.

Xbox Live integration also means that users can store all their mobile versions of popular Xbox console games in one place, and their Xbox avatars can be shared through the phone.

Inside the 610 will be an 800MHz Snapdragon processor and a 1,300mAh battery. The phone will also boast a 5-megapixel rear-facing camera with LED flash and a 3.7-inch WVGA TFT display.

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Nokia stated that its 900 model will go global, starting with Rogers Wireless in Canada. Expansions to the Chinese market is expected as well. The handset will come with a hefty $645 price tag before subsidy, and features a 4.3-inch ClearBlack AMOLED touch-screen display.

Exclusive optics from Carl Zeiss also accompanies the phone's camera, allowing users to capture full 16:9 images. Color options for this phone include white, cyan, and black and is expected to be available around the world in Q2 of this year.

In non-Lumia news, the manufacturer also announced that the beta version for Skype on Windows Phone will now be available in the Windows Phone store.

About the author

Lynn La is CNET's associate editor for cell phone and smartphone news and reviews. Prior to coming to CNET, she wrote for the Sacramento Bee and was a staff editor at Macworld. In addition to covering technology, she has reported on health, science, and politics.

 

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