Rating: Microsoft makes the announcement at Nokia Press Lumia 610 conference
A pretty bizarre mix of partnerships here. In order to make the front facing camera in the Lumia 900 worthwhile, apparently, Microsoft decided it needed a really good camera app. And that app is a beta version of Skype for Windows Phone which should be available in the Windows Phone Marketplace. It wasn’t there at the time of announcement, though.Nokia also used this press conference to announce a new, lower-cost Lumia W7 Mango handset – the 610. Microsoft made this possible by reducing the memory requirement for the Windows Phone 7 to 256 MB of memory. Plus it has partnered with Qualcomm to enable W7 Mango to run on its lower cost handset chipsets.
You should be able to get a 610 in Q2 2012. Incidentally, Nokia also said it has started to move the Lumia range into the extremely important Chinese market.