#LumiaLounge: Media Preview for the Lumia 900 & Lumia 610 in Australia

| May 17, 2012 | 28 Replies

Sorry guys, the first post had some issues, and posted itself as a blank article. I’ve tried to rewrite everything, but apologies if I missed something.

So earlier this evening, I attended Lumia Lounge, Nokia Australia’s event to introduce the Nokia Lumia 610 and Lumia 900 to the Australian media. I got to play around with the 610 and 900 all night. I am really surprised at the size of the 900. Initially I thought it would be too large for me, but I think it fits quite well in your hand. However, any bigger, would definitely be rather uncomfortable.

On to the devices. The Lumia 610 and 900 will both be arriving in Australia next month. Upon launch, the 610 will be priced at AUD$329, and available with Boost Mobile, and later on with Vodafone in July. No comment was made regarding this 610 having NFC, so assume it doesn’t. The Lumia 900 will launch on Optus, next month, retailing for AUD$699. The Lumia 900, sadly for those wanting to get it on Telstra, will not support their 4G network. Although, it has HDSPA+ Dual Carrier support, compared to the Lumia 610 supporting HSDPA.


Colours of the Lumia 610 will range from glossy white and blue, to matte black and magenta. I like the way the bezel on the 610 is coloured to match the device. The Lumia 900 of course comes in glossy white, matte black and blue, with no confirmation of magenta. The matte black had a textured feel to it, very different to the 800, and seemed to be a lighter shade in my opinion.

After using the devices throughout the event, I found the Lumia 610 to be a little bit snappier, compared to the Lumia 900. Both of these will be launching with the latest update, “Tango”, and have WiFi tethering out the box. Great news for those who have been complaining that the Lumias are missing this feature. They both also have the new “Nokia Marketplace” logo.

The general feel seemed to be rather positive, especially towards the affordability of the Lumia 610, and impressed by the beauty of the White Lumia 900. At the event, there was a DC-16 charger getting lots of exposure and heaps of positive feedback. Hopefully we will see that come here, in the near future.

I should be getting a Lumia 610 and Lumia 900 fairly soon to review, so I will hopefully have a detailed video comparison soon.

If there is anything you want to know that I’ve left out, just comment or send me a tweet.



Category: Accessories, Event, Lumia

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Hi! My name is Michael. Like the others, I'm also a Student, living here in Sydney. I have a real passion for the latest technology and I'm a real Nokia buff! My aim is to keep those of you, like myself, updated with the latest in what's going on in the Nokia World. Currently sporting N9 & Lumia 820, with other Nokia devices in my posession. Get in touch on Twitter via @MFaroTusino, Google Plus or even simply drop me an email at mike.mnb[at] or tips[at]
  • Aliqudsi

    WHAT! 329 Bucks for the 610?????? Isn’t that WAAY to expensive?

    • abcs

      L610 is MYR699 in Msia. That’s USD225

  • Did you take any images of size comparison between the 610 and 900?

  • Paul Grenfell

    The 900 now has Tango and tethering, but unfortunately still no Bluetooth file transfer.

  • Prasenjit Singh Bist

    BT transfer comes soon by june end.

    • Paul Grenfell

      Not getting it until it does..

  • The NFc model of the 610 is called 610NFC .. i dont think it’s that which is going to be released here

    • Michael Faro-Tusino

      I am pretty sure it was reserved for Orange France but yeah. Never got a solid yes/no

  • Justin Cohen

    Hi Michael I just left a comment in the rant/suggestion section but I was wondering if My Nokia Blog can start a petition to get the 808 out here in Aus.Nokia Aus don’t seem or want to listen to their loyal fan base.I think if a site such as yours gets behind this it may make Nokia reconsider their position on this.Thanks in advance.

    • Paul Grenfell

      Yes please..Anything would help.. need to keep the pressure on them..

    • Michael Faro-Tusino

      I asked the product manager. He has an 808, but no plans on it being released in Australia. They are removing everything non WP from Aus. Huge push for Lumias. Extremely surprised out how well N9 was received, and it IS being reserved for future disruptions

      • Paul Grenfell

        I would have like to see how well the 808 would have made sales..we wont ever know will we?
        Not to mention peeving off a great number of their current customers..

        • viktor von d.

          petition the carriers, not nokia. they decide if they want the phone. on this one, nokia is only acting on feedback from the carriers

          • Paul Grenfell

            Not so in Australia..

      • Ebon & Unicorn N9s

        “Extremely surprised out how well N9 was received, and it IS being reserved for future disruptions”

        Do you mean just in Aus or in general? Also, does “reserved for future disruptions” mean successor of N9 to come in the next few months or development on the successor is on but no devices for public for year or 2?

        • Michael Faro-Tusino

          Not sure, but I’ve been saying this all along. 2016, Harmattan will have matured properly. Symbian will be “dead”, WP contract over. This is when we will see the successor(s) to the N900/N950, N9. This is what I’m looking forward to

          • Ebon & Unicorn N9s

            Me too looking forward for the next device from Maemo family. Hope the release is sooner than later.

            Also, I remember reading somewhere (but not sure where) that Nokia can get out of the WP deal after 2 years if the sales results aren’t as expected by Nokia…

            • Michael Faro-Tusino

              Interesting 🙂

          • James

            Sounds nice Michael but I doubt we’ll ever see that happen.
            All this future disruptions talk is management speak for “barred indefinitely from the top-end”.
            Especially if they start to do much better with WP…
            We’ll get something vaguely like Maemo6x in Q4+.
            But it’ll be squarely for the low-end, & maybe just into the mid-end.
            And I doubt they’ll move it up from there during the contract.
            And by 2016+ the chances will have become even slimmer, not more likely.

      • James

        “They are removing everything non WP from Aus.”

        No surprised by that, that’s looked pretty clear at least 2mth now 🙁

        “Huge push for Lumias.”


        “Extremely surprised out how well N9 was received”

        Just paying lip service, they couldn’t care less.
        It wasn’t all that well received….
        They pushed it quite strongly initially, but stopped almost as soon as they started.

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  • Craig

    The price difference is due to the “Screw Austalians Tax”

    • Kit Yeung

      or harvey norman tax

  • Sahil Khar

    Do you have any idea,When N9 is arriving in India?

    • James


      I don’t think it ever will come to India 🙁
      If you’re lucky Nokia may allow one major retailer to stock it.
      Like what SEEMS to have happened in the US recently with Fry’s.
      (They’re a crappy major retailer by all accounts)