Latest news coming from Finland tells us that Nokia finally has some aggressive plans to stay ahead of the huge number of low-cost Android-based mobile phones. We are told to keep an eye on Mobile World Congress to be held later this month, in Barcelona, where Nokia will unveil a series of budget Windows phones. These would include the much anticipated Nokia Lumia 610. This Tango-based Windows handset could give all those ICS- and other Android-based mobiles, as well as Apple phones, a run for their money.

That’s because Tango has stolen a march over the Android with support for 120 languages. A comparison clearly underscores the huge advantage Tango has over other OS-based mobiles. Apple’s iOS has support for only 34 languages, while Google’s Android supports 55 max. With Tango, the device is also streets ahead of the Windows-based Mango OS which can support only 40 languages.

With this OS, the Nokia Lumia 610 is battle-ready for a host of developing economies, including India where the market for low-cost mobile phones continues to be the largest. The company hasn’t released more information on other specs, but seeing Nokia’s success of all these years, one can expect a competitive package of features, despite the low cost that was facilitated by Tango.

Nokia Lumia 610 low cost windows phone
Nokia Lumia 610 low cost windows phone

Post launch at the Barcelona event, the Lumia 610, along with 5 other handsets from Nokia, will hit the markets sometime in March-April. The other five may likely include Lumia 900 and the Nokia PureView 808 which is Symbian-based. Nokia fans may also look forward to the Asha series –  Asha 202, Asha 203 and Asha 302.

Incidentally, Microsoft had last month hinted at the possibilities of Windows phones with c++ native coding. A device of that kind could eliminate the only difference between Android-based phones on the one hand and mobiles running Tango or Apollo: the absence of apps. The c++ native coding will facilitate the development of apps that can give a further boost to the budget phone markets.

By Rajeev Rana

Founder and Chief Editor -