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Nokia premiers Lumia 510 in India, coming soon at "less than Rs. 11,000"

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Nokia has announced the launch of the Lumia 510 in India. The country is the first market in the world to receive the "cheapest Lumia device in the world", a mantle that the Lumia 510 inherits from the Lumia 610.

The Nokia Lumia 510 sports a 4-inch WVGA (800×480) display with a 5-megapixel rear camera. The phone is powered by a 800MHz Qualcomm processor and ships with just 256MB RAM and 4GB internal storage (2.88GB available to the user). Since the phone runs Windows Phone 7.5, it has no support for MicroSD cards, or any other kind of expandable storage.

Nokia did not reveal the exact price of device, only suggesting that the retail price will be "less than Rs. 11,000". Similarly, the exact availability date wasn't mentioned either, with the device expected to be available in the "coming weeks". With Nokia intending the Lumia 510 to be its "Diwali gift to India", one certainly hopes the phone will become available before the festival (13th November).

While the device looks a decent option at the price on paper, the limited storage and RAM will likely prove to be problematic in day-to-day usage. Sure, Nokia points to the various cloud storage options in its defence of the paltry on-board storage, but poor connectivity across the country makes the cloud-option a non-starter for most. Nokia could have solved this problem by using Windows Phone 8 (which supports expandable storage) in the Lumia 510, but perhaps it is not ready to undercut its flagship device the Lumia 920, and its sibling the Lumia 820, just yet.

Nokia Lumia 510 replaces the Lumia 610 as the "cheapest Lumia device" in the world. Nokia Lumia 610 was introduced in the country in July this year carrying a price tag of Rs. 12,999. It comes with a 3.7-inch display, 5MP camera and a 800MHz processor with 8GB of internal storage. Today, the smartphone is available online for an estimated price of Rs. 12,000.

The Nokia Lumia 510, like other Windows Phone 7.5 devices, will not be upgradable to Windows Phone 8, but will receive the Windows Phone 7.8 update instead.

Nokia Lumia 510 specs
  • Display: 4-inch WVGA 800×480, TFT, capacitive touch screen
  • Memory: 256MB RAM (4GB internal storage)
  • Camera: 5-megapixel auto-focus; video recording in VGA resolution @30fps
  • Size: 120.7 x 64.9 x 11.5mm
  • Weight: 129g
  • Connectivity: GPRS/EDGE, WLAN 802.11 b/g/n, Bluetooth 2.1 + EDR, GPS/A-GPS, micro-USB, 3.5mm audio connector (AHJ + WP Controls), Dual Transfer Mode, HSDPA/WCDMA
  • Processor: Snapdragon S1
  • Talk time: (GSM/WCDMA) Up to 8.4 h/ 6.2 h; Standby time: (GSM/WCDMA) Up to 653 h/ 738 h

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