Nokia has teased a new budget member to its Lumia lineup. Called the Lumia 505, the lower-end device is to run Windows Phone 7.8. Mexican carrier Telcel will start selling the handset in a few weeks. The phone has been modeled after the Lumia 510, a Windows Phone 7.5 Mango budget device. In future, the 510 may also get upgraded to Windows Phone 7.8, which is set for release late January 2013. So we put the devices for a nice comparison here.
Design, Form: The Lumia 510 has the dimensions of 120.7 x 64.9 x 11.5 mm and weight of 129 grams. It is when the new Lumia 505 measures at 118.1 x 61.2 x 11.3 mm and it weighs a bit higher at 131 grams. In body slimness, the 505 has a slight edge over the 510. As far as the form is concerned, the 510 touts a curved body, while the 505 is rectangular.
Display: The old Lumia phone has a 4-inch TFT capacitive touchscreen that packs a resolution of 480 x 800 pixels at 233-ppi. Meanwhile, the upcoming one mounts a 3.7-inch AMOLED touchscreen with the same resolution, but a fairly better 252-ppi thanks to its small display.
Power: We have received the 510 with an 800MHz Cortex-A5 Qualcomm MSM7227A Snapdragon processor, 256MB RAM and Adreno 200 GPU. Its lower sibling may have the same innards. As we know, the 505 will tout an 800 MHz processor with 256MB of RAM. It is not specified that which type of processor the handset will have.
Storage: Both the Nokia Lumia 510 and 505 share the same 4GB internal memory. They donâ€™t have microSD slots for expanding memory for more storage. So you will have to depend on cloud storage to store more data.
Camera: The 510 sports a 5MP rear camera with autofocus, geo-tagging and touch focus. You can capture video at VGA mode. Nokia has worked on this feature and integrated an 8MP rear camera with the new Lumia 505. Sadly, both the handsets donâ€™t have front cameras for video chats. This facility seems to have lain down to keep the devicesâ€™ price tags.
Connectivity: As connectivity options, both the handsets have GPRS, EDGE, HSDPA, HSUPA, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and a microUSB 2.0 port. Yes, the entry-level phones miss out advanced features like 4G LTE, NFC, etc…
Battery: The same Li-Ion 1300 mAh (BP-3L) battery appears on both the handsets. However, Nokia promises better battery life for the 510. It can work up to 8 hours as talk time and up to 650 hours as standby. The 505 is only expected to give 4 hours of talk time and 600 hours of standby.
Availability: The Lumia 510 has been there for a while. It is now available in many markets. The 505 is to primarily appear on Mexicoâ€™s Telcel in a few weeks. The handset may also appear on other carriers and countries in future. But, we have idea about it, as of now.
It looks that both the phones have the same potential in hardware. Only slight differences are there. The major thing that will differentiate the handsets is the software. The 505 is to come out of cover with Windows Phone 7.8; meanwhile, the Lumia 510 came up with the 7.5 Mango.
But, all the Mango devices are soon expected to get Windows Phone 7.8, which is being developed for the purpose. Hence, the Lumia 510 will get updated to the Windows update soon after it comes out. All major traits of the most recent Windows Phone 8 will appear on this slight update.