While Microsoft Mobile has been in the news recently with the good Lumia 535 which was the first to bear the Microsoft Lumia branding, it ain’t ditching a very important market segment, the one that is best served by a sub $30 phone for basic texting, calls and once and probably FM radio. With the Nokia 215 and 215 Dual-SIM, it’s throwing in internet connectivity and a few handy apps to get those people going and hopefully entice them to stick with Microsoft as they upgrade to smartphones in the future.
The Nokia 215 and 215 Dual’s specs and feature-set are as follows:
- 2.4 inch QVGA (320 x 240 pixels, 166ppi) display
- Measures 116mm x 50mm x 12.9mm and weighs in at just 78.4 grams
- Camera (0.3 MP). Can record video at 15 fps
- Built-in torch light, FM radio, MP3 player
- Internet-enabled (uses 2G)
- Can run apps like Facebook, Messenger, Twitter, Bing Search, MSN Weather and Opera Mini. There’s no mention of Whatsapp though.
- Based on the series 30+ platform
- 8 MB RAM
- Supports microSD card upto 32 GB
- 1100 mAh battery
- Microsoft touts standby time of close to a month (29 days) and up to 3 weeks on the dual SIM variant. Talk time on the standard model is upto 20 hours while MP3 and FM radio playback will last 50 and 45 days respectively
- 1000 phonebook contacts
- USB 2.0. MicroUSB charging connector
The Nokia 215 and 215 Dual will be available in the Middle East, Africa, Asia, and Europe this quarter at a cost of $29 in 3 colours: green, black and white.