During this year's edition of the Mobile World Congress, we saw Nokia taking the wraps off the Lumia 610. Now, we're hearing that its NFC-packin' version, the Lumia 610 NFC, has also been made official, making a first among Windows Phone devices from the Finnish-titan. Check out the video below.
NFC or near-field communication is a feature that enables a mobile device to act sort of like a smart card enabling easy, on-the-go wireless transactions. Its appearance on the Lumia 610 NFC and not on the more well-endowed Lumia devices is a bit of a surprise for us since the handset can be considered as an entry-level sibling of the brood. We're pretty sure Nokia will slapping NFC on its future Windows Phone devices as well.
As for specs, the Lumia 610 NFC is very similar to its NFC-less twin, the Lumia 610. It sports an 800MHz CPU that's paired with 256MB of RAM, 8GB of internal storage, a 3.7-inch touchscreen Gorilla Glass display (800 x 480), a 5-megapixel camera, and wireless connectivity via WiFi, 3G, and Bluetooth. It also comes with Windows Phone 7.5 "Mango" for good measure.
It's set to be available in Europe in Q3 although we're not sure if it'll also pay us a visit given that NFC-compatible transactions system aren't that widespread here, and that's putting it lightly. But hey, who knows? After all, the other Lumias are set to arrive here. If ever it does, we're thinking it will be priced somewhere in the P11,000 to P12,000 range.
Check out the gallery below for press photos of the Lumia 610