Nokia’s top WP7 phone, the Lumia 900, sells for $99 on contract with AT&T. In today’s market, that price is actually really good for a top of the line phone. However, a large portion of Nokia’s sales come from emerging markets where the phones aren’t subsidized by carriers and that $99 phone could cost several hundred dollars. Until now there was not a WP7 phone that would appeal to those markets. The Lumia 610 will sell for EUR 189 in the second quarter of this year.

The  610 runs a newer version of  Windows Phone 7 dubbed Tango, which lowers the minimum specification requirements. It has a 3.5-inch screen, 8GB of internal storage, 5MP camera, and runs on 256MB of memory. Even though the 610 is targeted towards a younger audience it will  help WP7 move towards the low-end market, which Nokia is used to dominating and Microsoft wants to enter.

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