With the release of Windows Phone 8, consumers using smartphones based on the earlier version of the Windows Phone 7.5 Mango platform have started questioning regarding the Windows Phone 7.8 upgrade, which was promised by Microsoft to users who will not purchase a WP8 handset. Now, here comes some good news for those consumers.
In a recent development, a video from China has been leaked showing the entry-level Nokia Lumia 510 smartphone running on the much awaited Windows Phone 7.8. The video has gone viral and hints that the OS upgrade could happen by the end of this year in China.
According to a recent WPCentral report, the Chinese website Winp.cn shows the current build of Windows Phone 7.8 (8858) in action on Lumia 510. With the upgrade, Lumia 510 seems have received new features including new Start screen with different tile sizes (similar to Windows Phone 8), new accent colors and the all new dynamic Bing lock screen wallpaper.
As far as the roll-out of the upgrade is concerned, the report cites that the Chinese market will receive it first pretty soon and elsewhere it will be rolled out in the coming weeks.
Recently, an internal Nokia document revealed some of the features of Windows Phone 7.8 including Live Tiles with twenty themes, Internet Explorer security updates, editing MP3 files to create ringtones and Bing wallpapers to customize the lock screen.
Going by the earlier reports, the upgraded version of Windows Phone 7.5 was leaked to support uninterrupted access to relevant content and services from Microsoft such as Xbox Music Store Library which the users can enjoy through Zune and Xbox Smart Glass and club functionality for sharing the calendar. However, these features were not demonstrated in the video.
Detailing on the specs of Lumia 510, the handset houses a 4 inch WVGA capacitive touchscreen display with a resolution of 800 x 480 pixels, 800MHz single-core processor, 4GB internal memory, 256MB RAM, 7GB SkyDrive cloud storage space, 5MP rear camera, 1,300 mAh BP-3L battery and connectivity features including Bluetooth 2.1 + EDR, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, 3G and micro USB 2.0 port.
Further, Nokia has priced Lumia 510 competitively at Rs 11,000 making it the cheapest Windows Phone handset.