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Sony Xperia U vs Nokia Lumia 610 – MWC’s battle at the low-end

From what we can tell so far, this year’s Mobile World Congress is set to be all about the middle to low end devices.

From the dizzying heights of the Samsung Galaxy S2 last year, it seems that manufacturers are going all low-end on us with a range of budget smartphones at this year’s event.

We will of course still get some high-end offerings; it wouldn’t be MWC without them. One we’re looking forward to, for example, is the Nokia Lumia 900.

Unveiled for the yanks at CES last month, we’ll be seeing the worldwide version (that means the non-LTE version) at MWC.

But Nokia isn’t just treating us to the Lumia 900. Reports are suggesting that we’ll also see a Lumia edition that will undercut even the entry-level Lumia 700.

The Lumia 610 is set for launch in Barcelona, and will be going head-to-head with Sony’s latest budget device – the Xperia U. So how do these two smartphones compare?

Sony Xperia U

Don’t be fooled by the low-end nature of this phone, the Xperia U is a very decent device. Basically a budget version of the Xperia S, the U is expected to run Android 4.0 ICS – the same as we see in the likes of the Galaxy S2.

Under the bonnet, we’re expecting to see a 1GHz dual-core processor, as well as a 3.5-inch WGVA display and a 5MP camera.

Nokia Lumia 610

All we’ve had from Nokia so far about the Lumia 610 is that it will be making an appearance at MWC this year. The phone will run a version of the Windows Phone OS, most likely to be Tango – the latest version.

This will make it one of the first Tango phones to be unveiled, although we’re not sure how it’ll measure up against ICS.

In terms of specs, all we know is that they’ll be lower than the other Lumia devices. But we have got an estimate on the price – a very competitive £100 or so.