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Nokia 301 camera-focused feature phone launched

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Nokia has taken the wraps off a new feature phone, the Nokia 301, with a focus on strong camera performance.

The Nokia 301 is a classically designed 'candybar' feature phone with a physical numerical keypad, a 2.4-inch display, and a compact 114 x 50 x 12.5mm form factor. It also weighs just over 100 grams.

However, the Nokia 301 stands out for the steps Nokia has taken to tie the phone into its wider range.

For example, the Nokia 301 bears a superficial resemblance to the Lumia range with colourful outer bumpers (it comes in yellow, cyan, magenta, white and black).

More meaningful, however, is the Nokia 301's photographic abilities, some of which have been inspired by the high-end Lumia range. Its 3.2-megapixel camera, for example, has a self-timer and offers directional voice prompts so that you can align it properly for self-portraits.

The Nokia 301 can also take panoramic photos - the first time Nokia has offered such a facility in a feature phone. Another smartphone-like photographic feature is the ability to take sequential shots, which means that the camera takes three to five frames and lets you select the best picture.

As you might expect from a modern phone (though not necessarily from a feature phone), once taken you can share your shots over social networks.

The Nokia 301 supports 3.5G (which, again, isn't always the case with feature phones) and utilises the Nokia Xpress Browser. As seen in the likes of the Nokia Asha 311, this compresses web data by up to 90 per cent, leading to much cheaper data charges.

The Nokia 301 will roll out in the second quarter of 2013 priced at around €65.

Are you interested in the Nokia 301, or do you think that such feature phones are obsolete in the face of so many affordable smartphones? Let us know in the comments section below.

Glenn Manalastas

February 26, 2013, 1:43 am

i am not a fan of touchscreen phones, i'm still a big fan of phones with physical keypads, QWERTY or alphanumeric.. after all, the most basic we need are the call and text features which can safely fit in the pocket.. knowing Nokia, it will last for as long as there's an available battery to replace the old one.. :) and, you can't go off the streets (especially at night) in some areas here in our place with your pocket visibly has "big, large, bulky" phones inside... i'm buying this phone for my roaming number.. :)...

the1beard

February 27, 2013, 8:12 am

Feature phones are GREAT simple fast and fuss free with long battery life they make smart phone look flakey..... which most of them are.
Nokia need to do more like this 301

Please Nokia let us have a business focussed feature phone which has long call time and standby time like the old 6310i etc and the E series mobiles.
Sometime less is more and Feature phones are More.....

phil weaver

December 8, 2013, 12:04 am

I might be out on my own here ... but I really just need a phone to be a phone / text , A camera ? - get a nikon , A tablet/ computer- get a samsung or an ipad ...I just need a phone that has a battery life of more than 6-7 hours a day ! - - -like the older 6310i (still got 1 somewhere in the house ) or the brilliant E series - 51 or E52

steve #rayleightaxi

January 1, 2014, 12:08 pm

I'm after a simple phone for making phone calls... and this one fits the bill.

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