In an announcement that took everyone by surprise, Microsoft said that it will be releasing a Nokia phone. Excitement at the news died down as soon as it became clear that the phone, christened Nokia 216, was a feature phone.
A feature phone has the ability to access the Internet, and to play and store music, but it lacks the more advanced features of a smartphone.
Nokia 216 is aimed at the Indian market and is priced at ₹2495. It will be available in stores from 24 October.
At the first glance, the phone reminds you of the colorful feature phones released by Nokia in the mid-2000s. A very basic phone, Nokia 216 includes 2.4-inch QVGA display, and has 0.3 megapixel front and rear cameras with flash on both the sides. It supports FM Radio, Bluetooth audio, and MP3 through SD card.
Even though the company is calling the phone Internet-ready, it only supports 2.5G networks. The dual-SIM phone will come pre-loaded with Opera mini browser and Facebook.
In keeping with Nokia's reputation, the phone will have a great battery back-up. It runs on Series 30 software.
Microsoft has been planning to restructure its mobile business from quite some time. Earlier this year, it had announced that it is selling the feature phone business to the Foxconn subsidiary, FIH, for $350 million.
It was also reported recently that the company might stop producing Lumia phones by the end of the year. It is rumored that Microsoft will release a surface phone next year. CEO Satya Nadella has been visibly upset about the mobile unit acquisition and has been laying off employees from that division since taking over.
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