Microsoft announces the Nokia 215, a cheap internet-enabled phone

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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.

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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)
  • Bluetooth-enabled
  • 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.



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