Meet Microsoft’s $20 phone, the new Nokia 105


New Nokia 105 Microsoft has a new cheap phone. The Nokia 105. A revamped version of the classic Nokia 105 that you’ve probably already heard about or even interacted with. The phone continues Microsoft’s mission to leave no market untapped even as everyone transitions to smartphones. Unlike the Nokia 215 that Microsoft unveiled back in January that goes for under $30, the 105 does not have internet connectivity and Bluetooth but like its predecessor, looks set to be the new battery warrior benchmark since Microsoft is promising upto 35 days standby time on a single charge.

Specs of the Nokia 105 are as follows:

  • 1.45 inch coloured 128×128 pixel LCD display
  • Measures 108.5 x 45.5 x 14.1mm and weighs in at just 69g
  • Based on the series 30+ platform
  • 4 MB RAM
  • Removable BL-5CB 800mAh battery
  • Standby time of over a month (35 days) on the single SIM variant and up to 25 days on the dual SIM variant. Talk time is upto 15 hours on both variants.
  • 2000 phonebook contacts
  • USB 2.0 MicroUSB charging connector
  • GSM network: 900 MHz, 1800 MHz

The Nokia 105 will be available in single and dual SIM variants in select markets in a few days in cyan, black and white colour at the above quoted $20 price before tax.

We have word that Orange Kenya has managed to sell over 100,000 units of its own insanely cheap feature phone (it’s under $10!), the Orange Kaduda, making it a direct competitor of the new Nokia 105 when it starts selling in Kenya. Other phones at that price point like Wiko’s Lubi 3 are also very popular.

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Emmanuel writes on mobile hardware, software and platforms.