Following the (surprising?) popularity of its debut Windows Phone handsets — the Lumia 800 in particular —we’re all looking forward to seeing more smartphones from Nokia. The handset featured in the image below, claiming to be a Nokia Lumia 601, could be the Finnish company’s third device to run Microsoft’s mobile operating system. But on the other hand, it could also be a good Photoshop fake.
You may already recognize the device, and that’s because it popped up in a Nokia promotional video aimed at developers last week. But there are a number of things about this image that just don’t quite add up. Even PocketNow, which obtained the photo from a “pretty reliable source,” has its doubts.
The biggest issue we have with this image is its name tag: Nokia Lumia 610 suggests the device is a low-end or ‘budget’ device, which would be even more affordable than the Lumia 710. To use Paul Amsellem’s analogy, the man in charge of Nokia France, if the Lumia 800 is a BMW 5 Series and the Lumia 710 is a 3 Series, the Lumia 610 would be a BMW 1 Series.
However, we have doubts that Nokia’s budget Lumia handset would sport an 8-megapixel camera, as featured in the image above. After all, the Lumia 710 only features a 5-megapixel camera, and this is supposedly a lower-end device.
Furthermore, The Nokia Blog notes that the camera on this particular device is an exact replica of the camera featured on the Nokia C7, which is one of the company’s previous Symbian handsets. That suggests to me that this part was simply lifted from the C7 and pasted onto this render.
Lastly, take a close look at the bottom of the front and back of the device. Maybe it’s just me being overly skeptical, but the bottom edge of the front of the device doesn’t quite look smooth, and it certainly isn’t the same shape as the back of the device.
Maybe I’m wrong, but I’m sure we’ll find out for certain come CES next February.
Do you think this image is genuine?