Surprise, surprise. Microsoft unveiled the new Nokia 216, morning of September 20. The phone has a humble 2.4-inch screen, an FM radio, two cameras, and up to 47 hours of audio playback and 18 talk hours.
What’s more interesting than the phone launch is the fact that the company is selling a Nokia phone, even if both have previously announced a $350 million entry-level phone agreement. The buyers include FIH Mobile, Ltd, and the company that has secured the license for Nokia Android phones and tablets, HMD Global, which is founded by former Nokia mobile execs.
It is obvious why Microsoft still creates feature phones – feature phones still sell like hotcakes. Nevertheless, there are rumors that the company is planning to totally discontinue the Lumia brand, although it just hinted that it is planning to discontinue only the Lumia smartphone line.
According to sources, the Nokia 216 is set to be on sale in India by October, which may cost around $37.
The Nokia 216 is expected to be just around 4.65x 1.98x 0.53 inches, and weighs 82.6 grams. It will be available in 2 options: single SIM and dual SIM. The 216 has no special features whatsoever, but has FM radio, torch light, and rear and front-facing cameras. Card slot for up to 32GB is also available, ideal for storing media like photos and MP3.
It also has MP4 player, microUSB v1.1 slot, and basic organizer and tools like calculator and calendar. The removable Li-Ion battery offers up to 576 stand-by hours. The Nokia 216 is available in Mint, Black, and Gray colors.
Nokia is also set to release its Android phone line for HMD Global later this year. The pending sale of Microsoft’s feature phone business is its latest move to widen the smartphone and mobile hardware business, which Microsoft bought from Nokia back in 2014.