Nokia Lumia 900, Lumia 610 Hit Australia In June

Nokia Lumia 900, Lumia 610 Hit Australia In June

So Giz hit up the Nokia preview event in Sydney tonight, and there’s lots of news to share. Alex will have more hands-on thoughts for you in the morning, but for the moment, here’s what we’ve learnt…

The Lumia 900 arrives in June from Optus for $0 upfront on the $60 plan — but you’ll also be able to pick it up off contract for $699 from retailers. The prepaid entry-level Lumia 610 is also just a few weeks away; arriving first on Boost Mobile in pink and blue ($329 to buy the phone). Vodafone will follow up with the black Lumia 610 in July.

About that 4G thing: the Lumia 900 will only be HSDPA+ in Australia (though that still promises improved 3G access). Apparently only AT&T in the US and Rogers Canada get the LTE model. You still get that 4.3-inch AMOLED screen, 1.4GHz processor, front-facing camera. Not all of the four colours will be available from all operators/retailers.

Another surprise (at least to me): the 3.7-inch Lumia 610 won’t have NFC in Australia. I’m told that feature is limited to the Orange France model, and really, I guess I shouldn’t be surprised given it is indeed a lower-priced phone.

Soon Nokia will have the Lumia 900, 800, 710 and 610 in Australia. That’s quite a spread and the phones look amazing. I can’t help but glance a little sideways to the HTC Titan II 4G at the high-end, but hey, isn’t choice in Windows Phones grand.