Nokia has officially released the Lumia 510, their new Windows Phone 7 cellphone. This is a good occasion to make a comparison between the 510 and the older lower-to-mid range Lumia 610 and 710. With an expected price of $199, the Lumia 510 is Nokia’s cheapest WP7 phone at the time of launch, but also one with the biggest screen.
Here’s a comparison table, highlighting only differences between the three handsets:
|Nokia Lumia 510||Nokia Lumia 610||Nokia Lumia 710|
|Screen||4-inch at 800×400 pixels||3.7-inch at 800×480 pixels||3.7-inch at 800×480 pixels|
|Camera||5MP autofocus, 480p video||5MP autofocus, flash light, 480p video||5MP autofocus, flash light, 720p video|
|Dimensions||120.7 x 64.9 x 11.5 mm||119 x 62 x 12 mm||119 x 62.4 x 12.48 mm|
|Weight||129 g||132 g||126 g|
|Price at launch||~$200||~$250||~$375|
Besides these differences, the 510, 610, and 710 have different industrial designs. The 510 has a matte back-plate, whereas the other two are glossy. The newest one appears to be the most simplistic looking, while the 710 stands out with its physical buttons on the front.
Overall, the biggest difference is screen size, with the 510 having a larger one. That slightly reduces pixel density on its display, so in this field the 610 and 710 are a little bit better. On the other side, the 510 has the smallest amount of internal storage. Another important fact is small amount of RAM memory on the 510 and 610 as well as a lower CPU speed, making them less snappy and even not capable for running select apps at all. The main downside when it comes to the camera on the cheapest model is a lack of flash light.
What hasn’t been mentioned in the table are common features and specs of the phones. On their capacitive screens, they all run “Mango” version of Windows Phone 7 and are 3G, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, and GPS enabled. The included batteries are 1300mAh units, but it doesn’t mean that the phones have the same battery life, due to different components and screen size.