Nokia Lumia 610 has Gorilla Glass and other interesting specs

Call it low-end but don't call it cheap. That's how we feel about the Nokia Lumia 610 which in our opinion is a buttery smooth and elegant little number (see our hands on), despite being a bit neutered to keep costs down.

One area though Nokia is not skimping on is the use of Corning's Gorilla Glass which according to the device specs is on board. Sure, it may not have ClearBlack screen technology (it's a straight TFT instead) but that Gorilla Glass is a good thing to keep some light scratches away as you throw this in your pants or purse. Some other notable specs:

  • Quad band: GSM 1800, 1900, 850, 900; data 1900, 2100, 850, 900
  • HSPA - But no "+" on board so it's limited to 7.2Mbps
  • 2 Microphones
  • No compass
  • Talk time: 10.5 hours
  • 120g/4.2 ounces
  • 1300mAh battery

Not a bad little number and we think Nokia can do well with this phone, especially in those emerging markets. The build quality on this device is better than most mid-range offerings available today, which says something about Nokia and their ability.

Source: Developer Nokia

Daniel Rubino

Daniel Rubino is the Editor-in-chief of Windows Central, head reviewer, podcast co-host, and analyst. He has been covering Microsoft since 2007 when this site was called WMExperts (and later Windows Phone Central). His interests include Windows, laptops, next-gen computing, and for some reason, watches. Before all this tech stuff, he worked on a Ph.D. in linguistics, watched people sleep (for medical purposes!), and ran the projectors at movie theaters because it was fun.

  • The best bang for the buck! No doubt!
  • Who can compete with this? I wish I could have got this for my mom instead of the Focus, which she uses 10% of. Lol
  • We need this on Metro PCS.
  • Here here! Go over to the WP blog and let MS know!
  • Microsoft isn't responsible for which phones go where. Can't understand why people don't get this
  • They need this on every US carrier.
  • Tell MS how much you love this phone, even if not for yourself, and request it here..
  • I would appreciate hi end looking like this and in this size. I want excellent phone but dont want to carry it in a backpack.
  • True, and great point! A high end device doesn't have to have a ginormous screen! Let Microsoft know right now!
  • HTC Radar is now 220€ unlocked and unsubsidized, and by the time the 610 is released (Q2) it may have the same price, but with much better specs (remember that for example the Radar has the best battery life of all Windows Phones).
    The only thing that Nokia has over the Radar are the bundled apps.
  • Good point, but to each it's own! Lol.
  • What Nokia has over the Radar: 610 is a newer device, most definitely better quality, bundled apps as you said, arguably better looks, a lot more accessories. We still don't know how good the battery on 610 is in real life.
  • Nice little phone, looks way better than the 710.
  • I think I agree Frank.  The capacitive vs physical buttons certainly differentiates it.
  • I agree with you both, this device looks much better than the 710. I, have a 710 I sort of like the buttons on this device, I'm not constantly hitting the bing button by mistake like I do with my HD7 I'll admit the 710 is my wife device so I'm not on it as much as my device.. The looks of the 610 to me look very clean overall it's a much better looking device than the 710.
  • I think Nokia intends to sell Lumia 610 in both emerging and developed markets, they explicitly said it is a good device for 'younger users.'  Developed markets have plenty of such users, and I am sure they'll be aggressive in marketing 610 against iPod Touch, iPhone 3GS as well as low-end Android handsets.   With Nokia's free app bundle, I don't think you could go wrong in general...with XBL and a good portfolio of games (Angry Birds, Plants vs. Zombies, EA titles, etc.), I don't think even younger users could 'go wrong.'  Now if Microsoft could bundle some sort of $10 app bonus and 3-month pass on the new XBL (with Zune assimilated), now that would be a solid deal.  Put it with pay-as-you-go kits and stick them all over Best Buy, Future Shop, Source, carriers, etc...could be a good $200-225 gift package.
  • Interesting that developers now might have to do a little work on apps to make sure they run effectively on these new budget phones
  • It was certainly a gaffe by Microsoft to lower the specs 2 years into it. They must not have thought of their OS competing in the emerging markets until Nokia signed up.
  • 95% of the current apps will run fine on the lower end devices and MS will work with the remaining 5% of developers to make sure their apps will work as well. I read that somewhere in the wp7 news app.
  • Seriously how much memory does a simple RSS app use? That's the majority of apps on the marketplace today.
  • Since a user in an emerging market may not have their own personal computer, could this phone usher in the possibility of automatic over the air updates?  I would hope that someone who invests a significant portion of their income into buying the phone would not be left out of receiving periodic maintenance updates.  Sure they could bring the phone back to where it was purchased to have the updates performed, but that may be impractical.   I am writing this from the perspective of a user in the United States where updates are performed through Zune so I apologize if the rest of the civilized world already receives updates over the air...
  • Nokia made a huge mistake. Give the specs of 710 to the body of 610 and sell it in US, instead of 710. This is by far better looking than 710.
  • Anybody here on a windows phone for Verizon besides the HTC Trophy. I have the HTC Trophy but I would really like something with a bigger screen like a HTC Titan 2 or at least a 4 inch.
  • That's all verizon offers right now
  • Yea, it sucks. I think if nothing is rumored before the 900 releases. I'm switching to at&t. I will be paying the same, and have a phone I really want.
  • I would have gone Clearblack than TFT personally. But I guess if it's low-end it's going to take some punishment. Maybe Gorilla glass is the right call
  • LOL - I think you need to lookup Clearblack, TFT as well as OLED on Wikipedia.