Nokia launches Lumia 505

News Paul Briden 11:59, 17 Dec 2012

Nokia has launched the Lumia 505, another budget smartphone running Windows Phone 7.8 with a 3.7-inch screen

Nokia has launched the Lumia 505, a sharp-looking budget Windows Phone 7.8 handset. The launch has taken place in Mexico but we think it’s quite likely we’ll see a wider launch.

Why’s that? Well because in order to secure any kind of a future Microsoft’s Windows Phone platform needs to offer as many budget devices as possible to compete with the vast array of affordable Android handsets dominating the market. More than that, the push needs to be made in all markets, not just developing ones.

The Lumia 510 is already on the way running Windows Phone 7.8 and of course there’s the Lumia 710 and 610 on Windows Phone 7 which will likely be updated to 7.8 shortly. There’s also the Lumia 620 which launched recently.

But, this is very much a case of ‘the more the merrier’.

The Lumia 505 is a very smartly presented package, in fact we’d go as far as to say it’s one of the better-looking members of Nokia’s Lumia range and easily the best-looking budget model so far.

The display is a 3.7-inch WVGA (800x480 pixel) AMOLED with ClearBlack and it seems to carry a fairly decent camera setup with an 8-megapixel primary, although it doesn’t feature the Lumia range’s signature Carl Zeiss lens.

Inside is 4GB of storage space, Bluetooth and Wi-Fi capability and a 1300mAh battery pack with 600 hours of standby time or 7 hours of talk time.

You also get 7GB of SKyDrive cloud storage but it doesn’t appear to have MicroSD capability (though we can’t be sure at this time).

Nokia hasn’t detailed the processor spec but we’re guessing it’ll be Qualcomm Snapdragon architecture at around 1GHz or less, we do know it’ll have 256MB of RAM.

Nokia’s site shows the Lumia 505 available in black, white and red, but illustrations on the site also show a pink version. The company is yet to detail a price in any currency.

Certainly this will be a better low-cost option than the awful Nokia Asha range.

We’ll be keeping an eye on this one to let you know if it does, as we suspect it might, find its way to the UK.

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