MANILA, Philippines – Before Android and iPhones took over the world, it was Nokia that dominated the mobile phone business. Its eventual decline, the last chapter of which was helmed by tech giant Microsoft, was a sad sight for consumers who grew up with Nokia phones.
Like the phones themselves, however, the brand has shown great resilience. The brand lives on, with Microsoft having sold the Nokia phone business to two companies: FIH and the young Finnish company HMD Global back in May. The former will be manufacturing the devices while the latter will be selling and marketing the devices.
In a post on the HMD website dated December 13, the resurrection appears to be nearing completion. The company has revealed its first Nokia phones since securing rights to the brand: the Nokia 150 and the Nokia 150 Dual Sim. These two phones will be the first new Nokia devices to release since Microsoft’s final offering, the 216, arrived in October.
But don’t get excited just yet. The 150 and 150 Dual Sim are not the Android devices that HMD previously announced they would make – although those are still most likely arriving.
Instead, we’re getting a feature phone running on Nokia’s Series 30+ operating system that boasts 22 hours of talk time and a VGA camera with LED flash. It has a 2.4-inch screen and has a suggested retail price of US $26. It’s set to come out in the first quarter of 2017 in the Asia-Pacific (APAC), India, Middle East and Africa (IMEA) and Europe.
Here are the full specs:
Operating system: Nokia Series 30+
Display: 2,4” QVGA (240*320)
Battery: BL-5C ,1020 mAh4
Talk time: up to 22 hours
Standby time: up to 31 days for Single SIM, and up to 25 days for Dual SIM
Camera: VGA with LED flash
Connectivity: 900/1800 MHz, micro USB, 3.5mm AV connector, Bluetooth 3.0 with SLAM
Memory: MicroSD card support up to 32GB5
Dimensions: 118.0×50.2×13.5mm,81.0g (including battery)
Visit the product page here. – Rappler.com