Feature phones dead? Microsoft is betting against it. The company has unveiled two new feature phones, the Nokia 230 and the Nokia 230 Dual Sim, which offer battery life of up to 27 days in standby mode.
The two phones, which are expected to retail for US$55 (about R780), are by no means bare-bones “dumb” devices, though. Both connect to the Internet and both have two built-in 2-megapixel cameras — one on the front and one on the rear, and both with LED flash.
The 91,8g phones have a 2,8-inch display, along with an integrated video player and FM receiver. SD cards of up to 32GB are also supported.
The Opera Mini Web browser is included, and users can search the Internet using Bing, Microsoft’s search engine. MSN Weather is included, too.
Talk time is up to 23 hours for both devices, with a standby time of up to 27 days for the Nokia 230 and up to 22 days for the Nokia 230 Dual Sim, Microsoft said. The phones have a 1 200mAh battery.
Connectivity is provided using 2G (it’s a feature phone, after all) in the 900MHz and 1,8GHz bands. There’s no Wi-Fi, but Bluetooth 3.0 is supported.
The phones will be available around the world, with sales starting in December in India, Asia and the Middle East. Other markets will follow in 2016, the company added. — (c) 2015 NewsCentral Media