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

 

 

Skype is coming to Windows Phone

The acquisition of Skype last year was a big move by Microsoft to incorporate voice and video communications that will be beneficial to both consumers and enterprise users and generating significant new business and revenue opportunities. Skype will support Microsoft devices such as Windows Phone, Xbox and Kinect, as well as other Windows devices.

At last week’s CES, Skype product Vice President Rick Osterloh committed that the service will be delivered to Windows Phone “soon”. Not mentioned any other details but he confirmed that they are working on app for Microsoft. They have previously shown off its VoIP app running on Windows Phone but no additional information regarding the software. It has been a rumored that the app will be released at the last quarter of the year.

New Windows Phones Unveiled at CES 2012

During Steve Ballmer’s keynote at the 2012 International Consumer Electronics Show, he announced the availability of Nokia Lumia 900 and HTC Titan II. The two mobile phones will be exclusively available for AT&T in the US in the coming months.

Nokia Lumia 900

This phone has a very sleek design packed up with 1.4 GHz CPU and support for LTE network for a super fast data transfer on AT&T network. It has 4.3 inch AMOLED display pushing every pixel in the phone and an 8-megapixel cameras. It also carries a 16GB built-in storage and 512 MB of RAM that makes this Windows Phone runs smoothly.

HTC Titan II

Titan II was the first LTE Windows Phone of HTC. It has a huge 4.7-inch LCD screen. The HTC Titan II was also equipped with a 1.5 GHz Snapdragon CPU.  For those who love taking pictures this powerful handset comes with a 16-megapixel rear-facing camera with wide-angle lens, autofocus, image stabilization, dual LED flash red eye reduction, a backside-illuminated sensor and a physical camera button. The 1.3-megapixel front-facing camera was acceptable enough to play 720p video.

Both phones are running the latest Windows Phone 7.5 Mango.

 

Microsoft will launch Windows Phone Marketplace in six new regions

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Windows Phone Developers, get ready. Microsoft announces that they will expand its Windows Phone Marketplace to six new regions namely Argentina, China, Malaysia, Indonesia, Peru and the Philippines. Microsoft has opened up the submission process early for developers due to this, ahead of a full Marketplace launch for end users, to give them a head start on application certification. Developers will be required by the three of the new regions (China, Malaysia and Indonesia) to observe additional requirements due to local regulations and laws.