Nokia may try to conquer the world of smartphones, but it doesn’t necessarily mean that the company forgot its roots. Today it released two new extremely affordable handsets. Manufactured by HMD Global, the company which owns right to the Nokia brand for phones and tablets, the new phones are said to be the Nokia cheapest offerings currently available in the market. Both the Nokia 105 and Nokia 130 are simple feature phones targeting at those who feel nostalgic about the traditional bar design and do not need Android operating system.
HMD Global takes the wraps off of two new Nokia-branded devices: Nokia 105 and Nokia 130 are straight forward non-smartphones sold at incredibly low prices.
Those familiar with the mobile industry certainly noticed that both phones are refreshers, rather than brand new devices. Both were created with customers with more fundamental needs in mind.
Being the 2nd gen update to the debuting in 2013 line, based on the Series 30+ platform, the Nokia 105 feature a slightly bigger than in previous releases 1.8-inch display. Furthermore, another thing that has change is casing. Although the handset still features a polycarbonate bar body, it received several bright color options, which is surely a nice alternative in the world of monochrome handsets.
What’s more, the new casing is also more resistant to scratches and accidental bumps. Plus, split-out keys deliver fast and incredibly convenient input. As always with Nokia smartphones, here also the battery life is exemplary. According to the official list of specs, the device is capable to deliver up to 15 hours of talk time and a month of usage on a standby mode. Meanwhile, storage can hold up to 500 text messages and up to 2,000 contacts. The iconic Snake game is also included.
Moving on to the Nokia 130, the phone seems to be a slightly more advanced device than the Nokia 105. It comes with a 1.8-inch color display, Series 30+ platform and a camera of VGA resolution. Unlike Nokia 105, the Nokia 130 hides microSD card slot accepting cards up to 32GB, has 4MB RAM and allows for watching videos. There’s also Bluetooth support, 1,020mAh battery, LED torch and FM radio. As for color options, you can choose among red, black and gray. Since the phone supports GSM/EDGE 900/1800MHz it is sadly incompatible with US networks.
Both phones will be sold in two variants: single- and dual-SIM. The unlocked Nokia 105 will cost $14.50, while the dual-SIM model will go for $15. It will be available in white, black and matte blue options. As for the Nokia 130, it will be offered for $21.50.