Nokia Lumia 505 budget-friendly Windows Phone now official

Nokia Lumia 505

The Nokia Lumia 505 has recently been made official in Mexico where Finnish cellphone-maker, Nokia, introduced its newest budget-friendly, entry-level smartphone. The existence of this model has long been rumored but the company’s radical shift to the production of much cheaper feature phones seemed to have put doubt in the minds of people who have been waiting for the official unveiling.

While Mexicans may be the first ones to get hold of this Windows Phone 7.8-powered device, Nokia has no other choice but to bring it to the U.S. and global market to maximize its sales. For a company that is struggling, there is no point in releasing devices exclusive to one country. It’s just a matter of time now before the company officially unveils it here. For those who might be interested in Nokia Lumia 505, here are the specs:

Nokia Lumia 505 Specs

Display. Somehow, Nokia made a good decision for putting an AMOLED display on this device. The size of the screen was reportedly 3.7 inches sporting 480 x 800 pixels resolution or around 252ppi pixel density. It is a capacitive touchscreen, just like any other AMOLED screens, with multi-touch capability. The display is one of the notable features of Nokia Lumia 505, for sure.

Hardware. Surprisingly, Nokia remains tight-lipped about the chipset within this device. No one actually knows what kind of SoC (system-on-chip) the Finnish manufacturer put into this device and why it hasn’t been revealed during the official announcement. The only thing everyone knows as far as hardware is concerned is that it has a graphics processor and 256MB RAM.

Camera. Nokia Lumia 505 comes packed with an 8-megapixel camera sensor with aperture size of F2.8. That is an impressive specification of a camera for an entry-level device. But, it does not feature Carl Zeiss optics like high-end Lumias. It does, however, have exposure compensation, geo-tagging and white balance preset features. It can also record videos with 640 x 480 pixels resolution at 30fps.

Battery. For a smartphone featuring an AMOLED display panel, giving it 1300mAh battery could be a mistake. But that’s not the case for Nokia Lumia 505 because its battery lasts longer than expected–7.5 hours of straight talk time over 3G. It is because it is an entry-level device that it might sport a single-core processor.

Nokia Lumia 505 Pros and Cons

To recap and for the benefit of the people who might be planning to buy this device, here are some of its pros and cons.


  • Nokia Lumia 505 comes with high pixel density display of 252ppi.
  • It also has a high-resolution camera of 8 megapixels


  • It does not have front-facing (secondary) camera.
  • Having 256MB RAM is too little to guarantee better performance and multi-tasking.
  • It records low-resolution videos.
  • It lacks microSD card slot.

The pricing and availability of this device are yet to be announced by the company but it is reportedly being slotted exclusively for Telcel in Mexico. Also, there is no confirmation that it would be marketed in the U.S. market. But so far, this device may just have what it takes to compete in the market it is targeting.

[source: Nokia (translated)| via: Phone Arena]