We have heard of a new low end unit in the Lumia family of Nokia's for a while. Lumia 510, the successor to the Lumia 610, with a curiously lower number for a name. Thanks to the timing of its debut, some might have expected it to be a Windows Phone 7.8 device. The Chinese folks just got a real unit and had a quick review. Overall, the Lumia 510 is a nice enough budget device, but totally lacks any real surprises.
The Lumia 510 comes with a 4" TFT LCD screen, in WVGA resolution. For processing power, the phone works on a Snapdragon S1 processor, coupled with 256MB of RAM and a petty 4GB internal storage. This puts it on par with Lumia 610 in terms of performance. The lack of internal storage could be some real pain though, since the phone doesn't support storage cards.
As to OS version, sorry guys, no Windows Phone 7.8. Lumia 510 comes with a stock build of Tango (7.10.8779.8), and a slightly more advanced firmware version (1102.0000.8779.12392). A user probably won't be able to find any visible difference between the Lumia 610 and 510 in terms of OS appearance. So, those who have bought the 510 already, or are planning to do it, will have to wait for weeks along with everyone else for the global roll out of Windows Phone 7.8 update.
Since this is a Chinese unit, there are variations and rip-offs. The date on the lock screen are written vertically, so are contact names in the messaging interface. Twitter and Facebook are yanked out of the People Hub. Xbox Live is hidden but not removed. If you log into the phone with a US Microsoft account, the ugly "Games" tile will suddenly change back to Xbox Live.
Lumia 510 has a removable back cover, which comes in a plethora of vivid colors. Feel free to buy a few of those and switch around. The camera is a let down. Having a 5MP camera, without flash, and the lens does not bear Nokia's iconic Carl Zeiss logo - but seeing as it's a low-end device, it's to be expected.
With everything considered, price seems to be the only proposition of sales for Lumia 510. The phone will probably hit the Chinese market at CNY 1,399 (US$ 224), cheaper than the initial price of Lumia 610 (CNY 1,699). However, these days, with a few extra bucks, you can buy a decent Lumia 800 here with CNY 1,600 to 2,000. Personally I doubt if Lumia 510's pricing could gain it any real attraction.
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