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MWC 2012: Nokia announces Lumia 610, 900

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MWC 2012: Nokia announces Lumia 610, 900

Nokia is set to press its advantage as the top Windows Phone manufacturer with two new additions to its Lumia range of smartphones in Europe.

The Lumia 900 will be landing soon in Blighty alongside a cheaper cousin, the Lumia 610, unveiled officially at this week’s Mobile World Congress (MWC).

“After launching the Nokia Lumia 900 as its first LTE smartphone, Nokia is also making the phone available around the world in a DC-HSPA variant, for high speed data connection (42Mbits download) in countries where LTE is not available”, Nokia said.

Originally announced stateside last month, the Lumia 900 is essentially a larger version of the Lumia 800, sporting a 4.3-inch AMOLED ‘ClearBlack’ display, a 1.4GHz single core processor and an eight-megapixel camera with Carl Zeiss optics and HD video recording capabilities.

There’s also a front-facing camera on board for making video calls, plus 16GB of internal storage.

The Lumia 610 is a more modest effort aimed at entry-level consumers. This rocks a 3.7-inch WVGA touchscreen, an 800MHz processor, a five-megapixel camera and 8GB of on board storage.

In addition to the handsets, Nokia also announced Nokia Reading, an e-book service similar to iBooks by Apple.

“Nokia Reading makes it easier and faster to enjoy news, books, and audio books including an extensive catalogue of local language reading material and the ability to access content offline,” said the phone-maker.

The Lumia 900 will be priced €480 (around £406 before tax) for the unlocked version, while the 610 will go for £160. Both phones are expected to begin shipping in the second quarter of 2012.

Stay tuned as we bring you more Nokia announcements and updates from Mobile World Congress.

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