Tom's Hardware spent its first day in Barcelona, Spain at this year's Mobile World Congress. After a long day of press conferences and private meetings, we wanted to share our experiences before hitting the show floor tomorrow.
Microsoft and Nokia are trying to deliver a Windows Phone 7 ecosystem to as broad of an audience as possible, including a number of budget-constrained segments that don't typically get much love.
Powered by an 800 MHz single-core Snapdragon processor, the Lumia 610 embodies that effort. Though the phone's specs might not sound impressive, Microsoft recently lowered the system requirements for WP7, allowing Nokia to introduce a cheap WP7-based phone. Supposedly, it'll emerge between $100 and $150.
Interestingly, Nokia isn't completely dropping its S40-based products. Instead, it's launching the Asha 203, 202, and 302. These phones are aimed at users who don't really need premium features, but still want basic online connectivity.
The real eye-catcher is Nokia's 808 PureView, which boasts an eye-popping 41-megapixel sensor. It uses the same Carl Zeiss-branded optics as the Lumia series, but it has an atypical aspheric lens.
Nokia claims that this phone excels in low-light environments, and that its technology was originally developed for satellite photography by Toshiba. The lens itself isn't anything special, but it has a F2.4 max aperture. The only disappointment is that the 808 runs on Symbian Belle.