Nokia Lumia 900, 610 heading Down Under

Nokia is preparing to release its Lumia 900 and Lumia 610 Windows Phones in Australia.

Nokia is preparing to release its Lumia 900 and Lumia 610 Windows Phones in Australia.

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In an invitation sent to the media today, Nokia revealed it would be previewing the new smartphones next Thursday 17 May at an undisclosed location in Sydney.

While the flagship Lumia 900 will attract most attention, Nokia will also release the Lumia 610, the baby of the Lumia family. It is expected to be the cheapest Windows Phone device sold in Australia.

The Lumia 900 will replace the existing Lumia 800 as Nokia's flagship smartphone in Australia, despite the latter only launching Down Under in March. Nokia first announced the Lumia 900 in January, but this was a US-only model designed exclusively for carrier AT&T.

The Lumia 900 is basically a larger Lumia 800. It has a large 4.3in screen compared to the much smaller 3.7in panel on the 800, though it uses the same AMOLED display with an identical resolution of 480x800. The Lumia 900 also has the same 8-megapixel camera as the Lumia 800, but it includes a front-facing 1.3-megapixel camera for video calling, a feature absent from the Lumia 800.

These features aside, the Nokia Lumia 900 differs little from the Lumia 800 when it comes to specifications: it is powered by the same single-core 1.4GHz processor and 512MB of RAM, while it also has the same amount of internal memory, 16GB.

The Nokia Lumia 900 is a dual-channel HSDPA phone, which should make it one of the fastest 3G phones on the market. This technology provides theoretical maximum data speeds of 42 megabits per second (Mbps) — though you are never going to see these speeds in real use, the technology means data speeds should be faster than many other regular 3G smartphones.

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