Nokia’s unannounced Lumia 505 gets real. Launching with Win Phone 7.8 on Telcel soon.

The Nokia Lumia 505, a customized sister device to the low-end Lumia 510, is said to be coming exclusively to Mexican carrier Telcel “soon”. We first reported on this story last week and we were a tad skeptical only because there has been nothing official—either from Telcel or Nokia—on this phone.

Now in Telcel’s holiday catalog, the elusive device is shown in full, making this a bonafide Windows Phone that is on its way to Mexico...

The deets on the Lumia 505 are in line with what we’ve been expecting: a 3.7” Super AMOLED display (800x480), 8MP rear camera, 4GB internal memory and yes, it will come with Windows Phone 7.8 out the gate.

The phone will arrive in Black, Red and Magenta for color selection.

There’s no word on pricing or exact availability, but the Lumia 505 is listed under “Coming soon” meaning it shouldn’t be too long before folks can get this handsome device in their hands.

Thanks, Rolando V., for the tip!

Daniel Rubino

Daniel Rubino is the Editor-in-chief of Windows Central, head reviewer, podcast co-host, and analyst. He has been here covering Microsoft since 2007 when this site was called WMExperts (and later Windows Phone Central). His interests include Windows, Microsoft Surface, laptops, next-gen computing, and for some reason, watches. Before all this tech stuff, he worked on a Ph.D. in linguistics and ran the projectors at movie theaters, which has done absolutely nothing for his career.

  • Looks like a cheaper version of the L800.
  • I don't think that would be bad. I like the Lumia 800
  • Looks really nice
  • Not a bad choice for first time smartphone buyers.
  • So WP7.8 with Micro SD expansion assured? That sounds like a first to me...
  • Ah, good point. Not, not assured.
  • Not a first... I think it was the focus that had a microSD slot. The HD7 also has one, but it's not accessible (you have to void the warranty to access it)
  • This thing looks better than Lumia 820.....
  • Looks like the glass has beveled edges? Isn't that strange for a budget phone?
  • This means WP7.8 is ready to go as of right now... And we don't have it... At least that's what im taking away from the article
  • How do you figure? The phone isn't out and has no release date.
  • If memory serves me correctly I read on the MS developer site that 7.8 phones would be released within a couple of weeks.  Hah, who needs memory when you have links:)

  • You provide a link to an article which you yourself havn't read very well! Nowhere in the article does it say "that 7.8 phones would be released within a couple of weeks". What it says is that "Windows Phone 7.8 will begin to ship ... in the coming weeks". "Coming weeks" could refer to two weeks or to twenty weeks! In short, we know it's coming but just not exactly when.
  • Well it certainly seemed like the phone was ready, or at least ready "enough". Just trolling XD
  • Why is the icon above the Store icon blanked out? Some hidden new feature in WP7.8?
  • Wait... Why are they releasing a legacy OS?
  • Because back in June, Microsoft and Nokia said Windows Phone 7.x would continue to get support and be released for lower-end devices. They're not killing off the OS, not for another ~2 years.
  • Still doesn't make sense why there holding on to an "old" OS. Don't get me wrong, I do love 7.8 but why not make WP8 its primary and lower down specs on that? After all it is all about the "newest." iOS makes their versions on all iPhones (even though some of the features aren't seen on all iPhones). Yes we know that features like siri aren't seen on all devices but consumers see the iOS 6 on their legacy phone yet it makes them happy. If you could choose between two phones, both same low price and similar looks, would you buy WP7.8 or WP8?
  • The reasons for WP7.8 seem to be to allow for a cheaper processor. I think the minimums for WP8 are higher than 7.8. With the 620 at $250 it seems odd, but the 505 is going to be cheaper than that. It's going to be a hell of a lot better than a cheap android, bada or S40 in my opinion. It also means there is more reason to support 7.8 devices longer term.
  • Oh you can be sure the Lumia 505 is way better than the cheap androids like the Samsung Galaxy Y and Samsung Galaxy Pocket. The Y and the Pocket are really crappy with their miniscule and low-res screens and their laggy android gingerbreads. not to mention the poor signal reception!
  • Budget phone. Duh.
  • Us that stayed in 7.x still want support and I am glad Microsoft is still supporting early adopters of the OS. If we were left behind, we'd be dust just like Windows Mobile, and we certainly don't want that to happen again.
  • I never said not to support wp7 devices. What bothers me most is that after having an OS become "outdated" they keep on pushing out budget devices with that operating system. We are lucky enough to have our phones for a year because we'll still get updates till our upgrade times come. Unfortunately for the ones who are gonna buy a wp7 device now you're not gonna have a long road of updates. It'll eventually stop all together. Microsoft isn't gonna devide their team to make sure that an outdated OS is gonna stay alive (much like Windows Mobile). Im just saying there's not much of a future for wp7.8 devices
  • But it is happening again. WP7 is agonizing for a bit longer but its life support machine switch was put in the off position by MS. Soon its gonna happen to WP8. October 2013 I guess. There are too few customers not to do the same profitable thing again. The OS will probably be re-branded this time - Metro Phone? Surface Phone? We'll see in about a year probably.
  • Looks like the mock-phone MS have used in ads. Like this :
  • So 1.3GB of actual storage?
  • 2.5 its not wp8 ... Its wp7.x
  • why does it have the old office and store icons?
  • Stock image/render side when this was likely created they had no completed version of 7.8.
  • It's only an ad picture, calm down. Can I give you a hug?
  • "deets" really Dan?
  • Internet speak for details. Yes, deets.  C'mon gramps, get with the program :)
  • Thanks for the 411
  • Damn it Telcel I'm waiting for the L920 :(
  • +1 :(
  • What about the new 920 or the 810 ? XD that's just not fair we want the new windows phone 8 devices XD especially 'cause there a lot of people here in Mexico are fans of nokia cellphones  =P.
  • I don't understand why they're releasing new yet old devices for WP7.8.. we all know these devices wont upgrade beyond 7.8 and they dont even sport the new microsfot logo. I understand the whole budget phone thing but they couldve released cheap WP8 devices like the 920 instead. Just my opinion. Either way WP7.8 is better than nothing but still.. bleh.
  • 620*
  • Looks badass to me. Always good to have choices. If you want WP8 then 620 should be the way to go. If you don't care then maybe 505.  The difference is 505 and 620 look significantly different in terms of design language. Compared to the "cute-ish" 620 this ones more edgey. Nokia's just throwing out choices which we should be appreciating. Not just whining about small details.  With those Specs the pricing shouldn't go higher than the 620..that is...  Nokia's aggressive lately. 
  • 150 dollars is a fair price i think. Useless if its more 
  • Yeah, it doesn't seem bad but my cousin in Mexico makes that in about 15 days of work...
  • The crappy Samsung Galaxy Y and Samsung Pocket are also priced about that much with their tiny low-res screens and small internal storage, 2MP cameras, and their laggy gingerbread OS.
  • I have read that the Lumia 510's price with tecel carrier is about $400
  • My opinion on releasing a 7.8 handset is simple. Because alot of Lumia 900 buyers were "p****d off" that only to hear wp8 announced a couple of months later. It is mainly aimed at them, hence I believe the L900 will be the first to see 7.8 update. 7.8 is a wp8 update but there being honest by saying not all features will be available. Announcing a wp7.8 handset can only mean one thing... Windows phone 7.8 coming soon as well as the Microsoft "promise" that they will not leave legacy phone users in the dark. Well atleast until the end of WP8 I would think. That's my opinion. HTC titan user, Uk