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Nokia Lumia 610 announced with 800MHz processor, 256MB RAM, Windows Phone 7.5

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Nokia has announced its latest Lumia 610 device, a low-end handset designed for China.

Gallery Photo: Nokia Lumia 610 hands-on photos
Gallery Photo: Nokia Lumia 610 hands-on photos

Nokia is announcing its latest Lumia device at Mobile World Congress 2012 today. The Nokia Lumia 610 is designed to be a low-end affordable Lumia Windows Phone, priced at just 189 euros. With a focus on China, the Lumia 610 introduces a new price point and markets for Microsoft's mobile operating system. The Lumia 610 includes an 800MHz processor, 256MB of RAM, and a 5-megapixel camera — pushing Microsoft's Windows Phone specifications to the lowest point in the platforms short history.

Nokia describes the Lumia 610 as "hugely important" for both itself and Microsoft in terms of scale and reach. Although features like Bing Local Scout and automatic SkyDrive uploads will not be available, due to a limit on the amount of background data exchange, Lumia 610 owners can activate some of them manually. Nokia's latest Lumia will run an updated version of Windows Phone 7.5, codenamed Tango, that we had heard a number of rumors about previously. Nokia refuses to disclose whether it will pay a lower royalty fee for this lighter version of Windows Phone, but it does tell us that the Lumia 610 will be released in Q2 2012.