Nokia's Latest Lumia Is Certainly Cheap, But Not Too Cheerful

This is Nokia's latest budget Lumia, the 510. Slotting in between the Lumia 610 and the Asha feature phone range, it's certainly budget-friendly—which is why it's being billed as a smartphone for the developing world.

Making a cheap smart phone involves compromise. The 510, then, is modest in terms of specs, packing a 480 x 800 4-inch screen, 800MHz Qualcomm processor, 256MB RAM, 4GB of non-expandable storage and a single 5-megapixel camera (no front-facing shooter, sorry). No heavy-hitter, then. Perhaps worse, though, is the fact that it'll ship with WinPho Mango, later to be upgraded to 7.8. There is no WP8 in this phone's future.

Those limited specs, though, add up to a refreshingly low price tag, so it'll only cost around $200 all-in. That's not too shabby for something to browse the web and email from, and will prove attractive when it initially goes on sale in India, China, South America, and Asia.

For those in the US, though, those same specs are a little way off the mark, leaving the 510 cheap—but not quite as cheerful as we'd hope. In honesty, it might just pay to save up a little longer. [Engadget]