Nokia Lumia 610: A Quick review of the first low-end handset running the latest Windows Phone Software

Announced last February 2012, the Nokia Lumia 610 is the first real low-end device that will ship running the latest Microsoft’s Windows Phone Operating System. The Nokia Lumia 610, unlike the other Lumias, is equipped with 800 Mhz Qualcomm MSM7225 (S1) System an a Chip (SoC) processor and 256 MB of RAM. The device has said to be running the updated version of Mango which is the Windows Phone Tango, a software designed to run on a low powered handset like the Nokia Lumia 610. Given the hardware specifications, the handset has a 3.7 inch WVGA (480×800) resolution TFT capacitive touchscreen coated with corning gorilla glass, a 5MP rear 2592х1944 pixels, autofocus, LED flash camera and able to play a 720p video at 30 fps, 8 GB of internal storage and comes with both Windows Phone 7 and Nokia apps such as XBox Live games, Nokia Drive, Nokia Maps and the new Nokia Transport.

 

Nokia Lumia 610 is expected to arrive in the Q2 of this year as Smart Communications already posted it in their phone list along side with the high end Nokia Lumia 900 and the mid-range Nokia Lumia 710 (pre-order now). The phone will come in variety of colors (cyan, magenta, black and white) and estimated to have a price of Php 11,000.00.

More info of the device here

 

 

Knowing Windows 8 SKUs: Pro and Pro Pack

As Microsoft works on the Post-Beta builds, screenshots of the two (at least for now) Stock Keeping Units (SKU) revealed at Winunleked.tk. In this post, we will actually discussed a minimal difference between the two versions of Windows 8 at this early stage, although still a lot of changes will be made in the future .

Windows 8 Pro

“Pro” is a short term for Professional. This version of Windows 8 doesn’t include the Windows Media Center. As I’ve mentioned above , changes will still be available until this SKU reaches Release to Manufacturing (RTM). Windows To Go, a feature that allows Windows 8 to boot and run from USB mass storage devices such as flash drives and external hard drives is present in this SKU. It also noticeable that the Windows Anytime Upgrade was visible in the apps list of Windows 8 Pro, which means that this version of Windows 8 can be upgraded. This will be discussed after the break.

Confidential branding on Windows 8 Pro

Windows 8 Pro Start screen (nothing new)

Windows Anytime Upgrade on Apps drawer

System Information and build watermark

Windows 8 Pro Winver

 

Windows 8 Pro Pack

This version of Windows 8 is also called ProfessionalWMC or Professional with Windows Media Center, an upgraded version of  Windows 8 Pro. This might also be the Windows 8 Professional Plus that has been rumored before. Family Safety feature is present in this SKU just like in Windows Live as well as Storage Spaces and Windows To Go. Let’s check in the screenshots below how does the upgrade will look like.

Choosing the upgrade method

Entering the upgrade key

Accepting the license terms and make their lawyers happy 😉

Upgrade process

Upgrading Windows 8 Pro

Windows 8 Pro Pack

Windows 8 Pro Pack Start Screen

No more upgrade (this version might be the Ultimate counterpart in Windows 7)

Windows logo was removed in the System Information

Windows 8 Pro Pack Winver

Family Safety now on Windows 8

This is a just a quick look on the progress of Windows 8 and more news will be coming up in a couple of days so stay tuned.

Oh by the way, did I mentioned that next build will not be called Released Candidate? 🙂 Many Thanks to Canouna

We will keep you posted.

 

 

Windows 8 towards Release Candidate

After the release of Consumer Preview of Windows 8 last month in Barcelona, Spain, the Windows Team is currently hard at work for the next milestone of Windows 8, the more stable Release Candidate build, which was rumored to be release sometime between the end of May or early June of this year. To date, the latest known build was 8307.0.winmain.120322-1820 that still carries the HB1 tag in the ISO which means that the build was still in the Post-Beta milestone. For now, Windows Consumer Preview can be upgraded to the latest build (personal files, apps and settings can be saved) but crashes when the actual app was opened in the Start Screen. The latest builds has some improvements in the UI that can be noticed in the charm bar, language menu, Desktop IE 10 and the recently reported 25 set color picker. There were also improvement in the Windows Preinstallation Environment (WinPE) and Out of the Box Experience (OOBE). The screenshots below are from Winunleaked.tk

Windows Setup

Product key input screen

End User License Agreement placeholder

Microsoft uses the Developer Preview bootscreen in Post Beta builds

More colors to choose from in the Personalization Screen

Loading screen (notice the Windows Phone like bar which replaces the round loading indicator in the earlier builds)

Settings Screen (all items were disabled by default)

Start Screen (the core Windows apps names were replaced e.g Video: Microsoft.Zune.Video, Messaging: Microsoft.WindowsLive.Chat, etc.)

 

More colorful Windows 8

After releasing the Windows Consumer Preview, the final beta of the next version of Windows last month, Microsoft is currently working on the pre-Release Candidate builds of Windows 8 and a Chinese website has recently posted some screenshots of Windows 8 color picker. The color scheme started as a single color during the release of Windows Developer Preview which draws negative feedbacks from the end users. In the Windows Consumer Preview, the software giant add  additional eight (8) colors. With the newer builds, Microsoft is putting up more colors making it 25 different color selection. As for the images or the parallax design, Microsoft is still consistent on the designs that were present in the Windows Consumer Preview. Of course, we’re not still putting out the possibility of having a more personalized Start Screen wherein you can put any images as the Start Screen background.