Since Microsoft acquired Nokia, we’ve been watching a steady decline in the number of Windows Phone smartphones, or phones in general, launched by the company. When you think about it, it’s not really that surprising, since Microsoft has always been focused on different types of products, but many people still feel disappointed. However, it appears that the manufacturer hasn’t said its last word yet – the company just announced a new Nokia phone. This time, however, it’s a non-smartphone.
Microsoft is not yet done with the Nokia brand. The company just announced Nokia 216 – a basic phone for less demanding customers.
Surprised? You’re not the only one. Probably no one expected such news, especially in the light of Microsoft’s earlier announcements about getting rid of its feature phone business. Back in May the company revealed that it would sell its feature phone division to FIH Mobile Ltd., a subsidiary of Hon Hai/Foxconn Technology Group for $350 million. The deal was supposed to close in the second half of 2016 but apparently it hasn’t happened yet. Until then, Microsoft’s feature phone division will operate as usual so here comes the Nokia 216.
The Nokia 216 is as basic as a feature phone can be. It sports a 2.4-inch QVGA (320 x 240 pixels) display, a duo of 0.3-megapixel cameras (one on the back and the other on the front) both with LED flash, as well as 16MB of RAM and a microSD slot compatible with up to 32GB cards. Connectivity is not very impressive and includes 2G GSM in the 900MHz and 1800MHz spectrums, Bluetooth 3.0 and no Wi-Fi.
There is, however, dual-SIM support, a stereo FM radio receiver, 3.5mm headphone jack(!), a micro-USB 1.1 port and a removable 1,020 mAh battery which should be good for up to 18 hours of talk time or 24 days of standby time. The phone comes with the Series 30+ OS with Opera Mini Browser, Facebook and a handful of other essential apps.
The Nokia 216 is expected to go on sale in India some time next month for INR 2,495 which is approximately $37 and will be available in three color options – black, white and mint. Since Microsoft will probably close the deal with Foxconn soon, it may very well be the last Nokia-branded phone launched by the company. Microsoft is also planning to stop making the Nokia X and Asha series, and according to rumors, maybe even the Lumia lineup.