Much was made of this month’s announcement that a new Nokia smartphone was on the way, running Android to boot. Well we’ve now seen the first new Nokia-branded phone, but it’s not the Android smartphone you may have been expecting.
After buying up rights to the Nokia brand, Finnish firm HMD has announced two new feature phones that are set to tide Nokia fans over until the first smartphone lands early next year. The Nokia 150 and Nokia 150 Dual SIM feature phones come sporting bargain basement specs and a recommend retail price of just $26 – that’s just over £20 at current exchange rates.
Shunning the trend of increasingly huge displays, the Nokia 150 features a “large” (yes, that’s the word HMD used) 2.4-inch QVGA screen with a resolution of just 240 x 320 pixels. The two phones also come with a built-in FM radio and MP3 player, as well as a 22-hour talk-time battery life, and a standby battery life of 31 days – this drops to 25 days for the Dual SIM variant.
The phones charge up using a standard Micro USB charger, and also come with an LED torchlight. And long-time Nokia fans will be pleased to hear that both phones ship with classic Snake Xenia on board, as well as Gameloft’s Nitro Racing.
Other hi-tech features include a VGA camera with LED flash, Bluetooth, a 1,020mAh battery, and a MicroSD slot that supports card up to 32GB. And they’ll come running on the Nokia Series 30+ operating system – no Android here, folks.
HMD’s self-described “new generation of mobile phones” will be able in the first quarter of next year across Europe, and will be available in black and white colour options.
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