It’s been a while since we have seen a Nokia-branded phone as over two years ago the Finnish company’s mobile phone unit was acquired by Microsoft. Since then, the new owner has been launching phones under its own name. It’s about to change, though, and very soon we will be seeing Nokia logo again. A new company called HMD Global just pre-announced two basic Nokia phones that cost less than $30.
A duo of super cheap Nokia-branded phones are revealed. Don’t expect breathtaking specs, though battery life is amazing.
To be more precise, the phones, which are called Nokia 150 and Nokia 150 Dual SIM, will be priced at $26. It’s an incredibly affordable price compared to an average smartphone, but then again, neither the Nokia 150 nor its dual SIM variant are smartphones. In fact, both devices are as basic as a phone these days can be.
Other than support for two SIM cards in the Dual SIM model, both handsets are exactly the same as far as design and specs are concerned. On the outside, the Nokia 150 looks just like the phones that were used some 15 years ago, and the hardware is not much more advanced either. The device has a 2.4-inch, 240 x 320 color display below which is a full numeric keypad. The phone also sports storage expandable up to 32GB, built-in FM radio, MP3 player, Bluetooth 3.0 and a VGA camera with flash.
However, probably the most exciting feature of the Nokia 150 is its 1,020 mAh battery which, despite its rather modest capacity, is capable of delivering up to 22 hours of talk time or up to 31 days of standby time, according to HMD Global. Moreover, the phone will come with a new version of good old Snake game as well as Gameloft’s Nitro Street Racing. The Nokia 150 will be officially presented at Mobile World Congress 2017 in February and not long after that should go on sale in select markets, including Asia, Europe, India, the Middle East and Africa.
The Nokia 150 is the first offering of the HMD Global – a company founded mostly by former Nokia employees. The company’s aim is to revive Nokia brand including not only basic phones but also smartphones. That said, HMD Global promises premium Android handsets and tablets next year.