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Comparison - Nokia Lumia 610 vs Samsung Galaxy Mini 2

April 18, 2012
By Wahyudhi

Translated by Loh Ving Sung

17 April 2012 - We are bringing a pair of new entry-level smartphones to the comparison table, the Nokia Lumia 610 vs the Samsung Galaxy Mini 2.

They both share a touchscreen, along with WiFi, HSPA, EDGE and Bluetooth connectivity. Both phones are also equipped with a processor with the same 800MHz clock speed. There is also A-GPS support on both devices. The similarities end there, as both devices are powered by different operating systems, the Nokia Lumia 610 is powered by the Windows Phone 7.5 (Mango) while the Samsung Galaxy Mini 2 is powered by Android 2.3.6 (Gingerbread).

Despite being affordable, the Nokia Lumia 610 has a 5-megapixel camera capable of recording 720p videos, while the Samsung Galaxy Mini 2 has a 3.15-megapixel camera.

Display-wise, the Lumia 610 has 3.7-inch touchscreen displaying 480 x 800 pixels when compared to the slightly smaller 3.27-inch screen displaying 320 x 480 pixels on the Mini 2. The Lumia 610’s screen is protected by Corning Gorilla Glass.

On the connectivity front, the Galaxy Mini 2 boasts WiFi hotspot and WiFi Direct support.

They have slightly different internal hardware too, the Galaxy Mini 2 has 512MB RAM vs the 256MB on the Lumia 610. There is 4GB of internal memory with a microSD slot on the Mini 2 vs the 8GB internal memory on the Lumia 610.

As for the look and feel, the Lumia 610 is wider, taller and just a smidge thicker than its counterpart (12mm vs 11.6mm). The Mini 2 is also lighter at 105 grams compared to the 131 grams Lumia 610.

The rumoured pricing for Samsung Galaxy Mini 2 is GBP 179.95 (estimated at RM 876), while the Lumia 610 is set at 189 Euros (estimated at RM 762).  So there is a RM 114 or about 15% price difference between both devices.

While they are both armed with similar specs, we would pick the Lumia 610. Don’t get us wrong, the Mini 2 is both affordable and armed with some decent specs, along with interesting connectivity options such as WiFi hotspot and WiFi direct support.

But the Lumia 610 has a much more vibrant design for an entry level phone, and matches the hardware on the Mini 2 while throwing in a higher megapixel camera and bigger display. The phone’s Mango operating system should give the Lumia 610 that extra bit of functionality.

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Nokia Lumia 610

HSPA + WiFi, 3.7-inch touchscreen, 5-megapixel camera, 8GB Memory, Windows Phone 7.5 (Mango)

The Lumia 610 is an entry-level Window Phone device. It has a 3.7-inch LCD display with 800 x 480 resolution pixels. Under the hood, it has an 800MHz processor, 256MB of RAM and an 8GB on-board storage. It has a 5-megapixel primary shooter. There is no front-facing camera for this phone, so no video chats.

If you do notice, the specification of the Lumia 610 falls slightly below than the minimum requirement specified by Microsoft to run Windows Phone operating system. This is part of Nokia’s and Microsoft’s plan on reaching mass consumers on a bigger scale. In this case, the Lumia 610 runs on Tango, an updated version of Windows Phone 7.5 that Microsoft has optimized to support lower memory and processor requirements. 

The Lumia 610 is expected to release in the second quarter of 2012 with a price of 189 Euros. It comes in three colours - white, cyan, magenta and black.

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Samsung Galaxy Mini 2

HSPA + WiFi, 3.27-inch touchscreen, 3.15-megapixel camera, 4GB Memory + microSD (max 32GB), Android 2.3.6 (Gingerbread), WiFi Direct, WiFi Hotspot

Announced right before the Mobile World Congress, the Samsung Galaxy Mini 2 is an entry-level Android-based smartphone powered by an 800MHz processor.

It has a 3.27-inch capacitive display.  And it comes equipped with a 3.15-megapixel camera, 4GB internal memory with a microSD slot, FM Radio, A-GPS, and Bluetooth. The phone also comes with HSPA, WiFi, WiFi Direct, and WiFi Hotspot

The Galaxy Mini 2 is expected to hit Europe sometime in spring, running on Android 2.3.6 (Gingerbread). No pricing was announced as of yet.

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