Rumor Mill: Nokia to unveil cheaper Windows Phone at MWC

Nokia (NYSE:NOK) will use its platform at Mobile World Congress next week to unveil a cheaper Windows Phone smartphone as part of its effort to broaden its portfolio of devices using Microsoft's (NASDAQ:MSFT) operating system, according to a Reuters report.

The report, which cited unnamed sources close to the matter, said that Nokia will announce the Lumia 610, a low-end Windows Phone aimed at emerging markets. Additionally, Nokia will take the wraps off a global version of the high-end Lumia 900. Nokia announced the LTE-capable Lumia 900 for AT&T Mobility (NYSE:T) during the Consumer Electronics Show last month. 

The Lumia 610 reportedly runs the latest version of Windows Phone software, dubbed Tango, which requires less memory and thus can run on less powerful hardware.

A Nokia spokesman declined to comment. Nokia will hold a press conference Feb. 27 at the annual conference in Barcelona, Spain. The company will also be exhibiting on the show floor, which is notable since Nokia hasn't exhibited  at Mobile World Congress in three years. 

Ahead of the show, Nokia also produced a video highlighting "pure detail, pure depth, pure definition," set against snowy landscapes. The video tells viewers to "get ready to capture a pure view," leading several blogs to speculate that Nokia could announce something related to imaging or video recording at the show. 

For more:
- see this Reuters article
- see this TechRadar post
- see this SlashGear post
- see this The Verge article

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