Nokia makes the budget conscious Lumia 505 Windows Phone official
Today, Nokia took the wraps off of the Lumia 505, expected to be an exclusive low-end Windows Phone for Mexico’s Telcel network and sister device to the Lumia 510.
The Lumia 505 should be launching within the next few weeks and the phone, which comes in red, pink or black, admittedly looks strikingly bold. The full device specs have also now been revealed for the Windows Phone 7.8 device and while it skimps severely on storage (4GB, non-expandable) the rest of the features are solid.
The Lumia 505 will feature a 3.7” AMOLED screen, which should really pop as Nokia’s new display technology has been excellent lately (though it doesn’t look to be ClearBlack). Featuring an 8MP rear camera (non Carl Zeiss), the budget phone does not feature a front-facing camera for video calls. In addition, it has Bluetooth 2.1 and as mentioned earlier just 4GB of on-board storage, which may be a little tight for some. Rounding it out is a 1300 mAh batter and a weight of 131 grams.
The phone will be rocking Windows Phone 7.8 out the gate and is of course not upgradable to Windows Phone 8.0, due in part to the hardware limitations (including an expected single core CPU).
While this phone feature wise won’t be for the power users, we think as a simple phone for those who just want to make calls, check email and maybe play some Angry Birds, the Lumia 505 should do very well especially if the price is kept low. No pricing or release date has been announced for the Lumia 505 though it is expected to go on sale within weeks, exclusively on Telcel in Mexico.
Nokia has been busy lately either releasing or announcing many new devices including the Lumia 505, 510, 620, 810, 820, 822 and 920. Clearly the manufacturer is going full steam heading in to 2013.
Speaking of the Lumia 510, that too is coming to Mexico (opens in new tab) though it is unclear to which network.
Source: Nokia; Thanks, Alan and Andrey, for the tips!
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i think that if they could make this device 9 mm thin and give it a 4" screen, it would be SOO sexy
You talk about "flip phones" as if this phone is just a glorified feature phone, which it is, but it certainly won't be SOLD as such to the unsuspecting consumer. I defy anyone to produce one piece of official marketing material for this device that decribes it as a feature phone.
PD. About the Nokia 510 apparenty is only gonna be on Telcel for now they even have a promotion about the new model and the other carriers (Iusacell and Movistar) apparently don't have it.
i am planning to get 510.. may be 505 if compatable with india
these types of phone aren't made to use skype. with your thick skull you will ask why. well that is because that the people who can barely afford these phones don't have the money to pay even medium price data plans, in fact most of them don't even have data plans and rely on pre-paid sims. they don't even have wi-fi in their homes. so no, they won't use skype, they won't buy apps and they sure as hell won't spend the entire day browsing the web. they just need the mimimum access to the web and web based communication.
the only problem with these phones is that they don't have sd sard support. even a 50 dollar unlocked budget feature phone has those and people use them to store even the shitty photos they take, or listen to music mostly.cause again, people wo buy these phones, don't care about cloud and streaming solutions. but they do need some maps(and that's why nokia is so big on offline maps that don't consume data),email some browsing and some chat apps
so you won't see this phone at your wallmart, even if you will see it, it will defintely be cheaper but you can stay relaxed, this budget phone will never reach american or european shore so you are spared from ever seeing it in your glorious local wallmart. i swear, if it were for you guys, 3 quarters of the world would be left with no transportaion,electronics,food and bassically everything else, just because it isn't the latest and greatest and you don't frakkin like it
The market devices such as the Lumia 505/510 are aiming at consist of people who have low-incomes, typically don't own computers and live in Latin America, the Arab Gulf, South Asia and parts of Africa. These people rarely have proper internet access, they still use post offices to transfer money to their loved ones... They're not people such as you or I who understand multi-tasking on phones, much less care. These people typically use their phones to call and maybe text, assuming they're literate.
The user you're describing will - for the most part - be offered devices such as the HTC 8S and Lumia 620. In other words modern entry-level devices that are afordable ($250 to $300) and offer the core Windows Phone 8 experiences, albeit without the premium trim. These are the phones we're poised to see join budget-conscious carriers in North America and Europe, e.g. HTC 8S on Bell Virgin Mobile in Canada.
i would have understood your problem if nokia would have only used wp7 to power their devices. but they are not, they have now the most complete wp8 lineup, and they will make it even bigger in 2013. but they still need something for the low-end and thats where wp7 comes in. and honestly that is a good thing cause it ensures that developers still pay interest to the platform and this could only benefit the users of first and second generation devices who are now left with upgrades to wp8
some people just like to moan, just for the sake of it. in your place i would have been mad at the other oems for not using the same strategy, cause if wp is to succeed, the low end is a big part of that success. even if the people in the western world will flock for the high end and mid-range devices that come with the newest features and specs, the rest and vast majoority of the world can only afford or want these cheap devices to provide the very basic of the smartphone experience and nothing else. so a sea of these wp 7.8 devices from samsung, alcatel,huawei,zte will do wonders for the wp ecosystem and marketshare
de·fraud /diˈfrôd/ Verb Illegally obtain money from (someone) by deception. Synonyms cheat - swindle - deceive - embezzle - defalcate If they take money from people who think they are getting a "new Windows Phone!" but they actually sell the old, busted Windows Phone in a shiny new chassis... that's a SWINDLE. This is no different than if a Honda dealership took a 2010 Civic, slapped a new coat of paint on it and shoved it out on the lot with all the real new cars.
Here in Sweden Peugeot started selling the model 207 as a follow up to the very popular 206 model. Problem was that the 207 model was a little bigger and cost more.
The demand for the old model was so big that Peugeot was forced to bring the old model back, or they would lose market share. So they brought 206 back to the Swedish market, upgraded the exterior with some facelifting and called it 206plus. This model did sell alongside the newer 207 model for a couple of years. a lot of people who wanted a cheaper car bought the 206plus model
And nowhere in the press or news was there talk about fraud.
So I think you are not in the majority regarding your feelings about releasing an older model for a cheaper price.
It is not illegal unless they indicate that the phone features Windows Phone 8. As long as it is indicated that it is Windows Phone 7.8, there is no fraud occurring here.
And if Honda still sold that Civic as a 2010 model that would not be illegal either.
You can certainly be upset or judge it improper that MS is still selling WP7.x. That is OPINION. But you need to be careful throwing around legal terms that you have very little understanding of. It is not factual to say that they are defrauding customers.
Also, I'm willing to bet these "budget" phones will receive a price tag of around $3,500 pesos. (aprox. $260 USD). You tell me if that's not deceptive.
love the design of Lumia800
1. Bringing as many phones as they can to every segments of the market has always been Nokia's strategy. Check their history and you'll see. It's more than obvious.
2. This phone is great for the low end of the market. I live in Africa and here there are a lot of people who cannot afford the 920 or even the 800. This will be great for them.
3. They know Nokia. They know that Nokia offers reliable phones. They don't care about the OS. In fact some don't even know that phones have OSs. When they buy the phone they ask if the phone does this and that. If it meets their requirements, they buy. They work very hard to get the little bit of money they have. So they make sure that every single penny is well spent.
4. The specs are more than enough... Trust me, I know a lot of people with phones that do not even have ram... Bottom line? Everyone does not have the same needs/wants as you. It's as simple as that. Don't be selfish and complain all the time. I know most of you live in countries where this phone would be close to useless but I also know that you are smart enough to know that the world is much more than the US, UK, GERMANY, FRANCE, SPAIN and AUSTRALIA... Well at least Nokia is...