The innocuous little Nokia Lumia 510, which was spotted in China a few weeks ago has now been given the green light by its creators, Nokia and will be rolling out to select regions from November this year.
The Lumia 510 will slot into the existing Lumia family as the entry-level device, designed with affordability in mind. Despite its conservative spec sheet the 510 offers all of the hallmarks of any other current Lumia device. On the outside the black front plays nicely with the range of available coloured plastic backs. Customers will be able to choose from black, white, cyan, yellow or red when it hits stores.
Internally the Lumia 510 is not dissimilar from the previous entry-level Nokia Windows Phone, the Lumia 610 and as with the original launch of the 610, the Lumia 510 doesn’t feature NFC. Running Windows Phone 7.5 out-the-box and upgradeable to Windows Phone 7.8 (when available), the 4-inch display sports the standard WVGA (480×800) resolution.
Processing falls to a Qualcomm Snapdragon S1 single-core processor, anticipated to be clocked at 800MHz although not confirmed. WP 7.5 also allows the Lumia 510 to make use of less memory, likely in an effort to keep costs down and as such 256MB is what’s on offer. Internal storage is a fixed 4GB, but of course as with every Windows Phone handset, users can choose to use the 7GB of Skydrive space to store their files in the cloud. The back of the device features an auto-focus 5-megapixel camera, but there’s no flash in sight.
The Nokia Lumia 510’s roll out is said to kick off in India and China next month, followed by Asia-Pacific countries and South America, with SIM-free pricing said to be a rather impressive $199, which for the functionality on offer, sounds pretty good.