This evening, I received news of an upcoming low-end Windows Phone smartphone from Nokia, the Lumia 505. Technically, this naming convention suggests that it is currently the lowest ranking Lumia. The first bit of information that was pushed to me was that the 505 will pack an 8 megapixel camera. That is amazing. A low-end smartphone with such a powerful camera? Awesome. Instinctively, I thought to myself, Nokia must have upped the core specs too. You know, the processor and RAM, considering that significant lags show up in the Lumia 610 that packs an 800 MHz processor and 256MB RAM. I thought to myself, Surely, they would put 1 GHz CPU and 512 RAM in this, if they are packing in an 8 megapixel camera.
So, I fired up my aging netbook and ran searches for the Lumia 505. I found the news item from WMPuser. The site speculates that the 505’s specs “should be 3.5 – 4 inch WVGA display, 800 MHz single-core processor, 256MB of RAM, and 4GB of internal memory”. Note: speculates. Not official.
I am hoping that the specs turn out wrong and that the 505 packs a 1 GHz processor and 512 MB RAM. If it does not, then Nokia is kidding and probably think that they are going to get back in the smartphone race with the cameras on their phones. That would be a huge joke. Performance is what users run into every time, regardless of what they are doing on their smartphones. Performance. Low-end Windows Phone smartphones need to perform as fluid as low-end Androids do (as laggy as those can be), and then match them in price.
Oluwafemi Bankole tweeted this evening that Nokia needs to release a sub $100 Lumia in 2013. I added that it needs to pack a 1 GHz processor and 512 MB RAM to compete in performance. Microsoft’s idea of multitasking (similar to what obtains on iOS) is a bad idea for the low-end and needs more than 800 MHz CPU and 256 MB RAM to match competing droids in performance. That, or Windows Phone 7.8 has been further optimised so it runs better on that combination than version 7.5 currently does.
Whatever specs the Lumia 505 turns out with eventually, the smartphone wars won’t be fought with cameras as the key lever or primary gun. Just saying.