The group at Nokia have let a small error slip through the marketing in their company. It let the world know that the Nokia Lumia 610 is going to be serving NFC service to its users. This may not be be first time that smartphone information has been "leaked", but the error was detected almost immediately by Nokia and corrected. The internet was quicker though, and the Nokia fanboys had the data nabbed in the wink of an eye.
The biggest news about the Nokia Lumia 610 is not that it supports NFC, but that it is the second Windows Phone Nokia device to support NFC. If you are still not up to date about what NFC is, it stands for "Near Field Communication". It is purported to be the future of mobile payments but requires a special chip to complete the deal. The Lumia 610 has the NFC chip. It will be interesting to see what Microsoft has cooked up in their software to handle that chip.
The "other" Nokia that is currently making the rounds in the United States market is the Lumia 900. It also has NFC capability. It is doing well on the sales charts and may actually pull Nokia out of their economic downward spiral. The 610, on the other hand, has not yet been released. There are going to be two models of the smartphone, one with NFC and one without. The menus and programs are going to be handled by Windows 7.5 Mango on both smartphones. For all practical purposes, the only difference between the two on the outside is going to be the weight. The NFC version will weigh 135 grams and the non-NFC version will weigh 131.5 grams. For those in the United States, that equals out to 4.34 ounces and 4.22 ounces respectively. Otherwise, both versions are considered nominal in their features.
The Lumia 610 NFC will have a screen just a tad larger than the iPhone. It is 3.7 inches of digital real estate. The pixels per inch are nothing near to an Apple retina display, so using the "pinch to zoom" is to be expected for small text. The good news is that the Nokia smartphone is protected by Gorilla Glass, a Corning invention from way back in the 1960s. It is just now finding its place in the sun protecting smartphone and tablet screens. For those who like the details, the pixels per inch ( PPI ) on the Nokia Lumia 610 are 252 PPI while the iPhone sports 326 PPI.
Neither of the Lumia 610s have much in the way of Wi-Fi features. There is no Wi-Fi hotspot or Wi-Fi direct functionality. Memory comes ranked at eight gigabytes of internal storage and Nokia committed the error of failing to include a flash memory card slot. Colors for the Lumias will be black or white. Do not expect NFC to attract much attention until retailers actually start to take notice, but at least Nokia is allowing users to have a choice. The 610 is expected to be a bargain but no release is expected until the third quarter of this year.