Nokia has launched a new ultra-budget handset at MWC 2013, with the Nokia 105 lining up as an entry-level device with a minimalist 15 euro (£13) price tag.
Tipped as “the most affordable phone to date,” Nokia has paired the Nokia 105’s minimalist price tag with a selection of basic specs and a battery life that arcs back to the pre-smartphone days of weekly rather than nightly charging requirements.
“The Nokia 105 is the entry point into the Nokia brand. It is the successor to the hugely popular Nokia 1280,” Nokia CEO Stephen Elop said unveiling the handset at Mobile World Congress. “This is a great first phone for many people at just 15 euros.”
Nokia 105 Features
Running the company’s Series 30 operating system, the Nokia 105 measures in at a relatively beefy 14.3mm thick but a mere 70g in weight with the compact device featuring just a 1.4-inch 128 x 128p LCD display.
Far from a driving force on the handset front, the Nokia 105 has been tasked with offering a ridiculously cheap handset option to the emerging market masses with a traditional keyboard the only input method option to be found on the device.
With no Wi-Fi capabilities and just 384KB of RAM and 8MB of internal storage, the Nokia 105 is taking things back to basics, with an 800mAh battery claimed to provide a staggering 35 day, 842 hour standby time.
“In times when most people struggle to get through a day without having to recharge their smartphones, with this phone you can charge it just once a month,” Elop said.
Playing host to a splash and dustproof keypad, the Nokia 105 features list is further enhanced by an integrated FM radio, flashlight and the option of black or cyan colour options.
Nokia 105 Release Date and Price
With the Nokia 105 set to go on sale during Q1, the Finnish manufacturer has confirmed that the handset will gradually be rolled out across China, Egypt, India, Indonesia, Nigeria, Russia, Vietnam and other markets in Africa, the Middle East, Asia and Europe.
Where the handset truly comes into its own, the Nokia 105 price tag has been set for just 15 euro.
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