Microsoft unexpectedly announced a new Nokia feature phone – the Nokia 216, which surprisingly looks like a 10-year old Nokia smartphone when Java Symbian ruled the mobile industry.
Another interesting thing to note is the timing of the launch of Microsoft’s new phone even after selling Nokia’s phone division to Foxconn earlier this year. How could they possibly build a mobile phone with Nokia branding after selling it? Only answer to this is that the Nokia 216 had already made it into the pipeline before the selling of Nokia phone business. This could also mean that Nokia 216 might be the last Microsoft Nokia device to be made ever.
Nokia 216 dual SIM: feature phone with dual Flash – With Front-Facing Flash Launched at Rs. 2,495
Talking about the new Nokia 216 feature phone, the phone features a 2.4-inch LCD with 320 x 240 pixels resolution (otherwise known as QVGA resolution), a resolution which was once a standard among all devices 10 years ago. The phone runs Series 30 OS and has a 0.3MP front and rear camera + rear LED flash, CMOS sensor, 2.5G network and is powered by a 1020mAh battery.
Microsoft Nokia 216 for India Only?
Since Nokia 216 is not a smartphone in terms of what it offers compare to the rest of the smartphones available in the market, it is foolish to argue over its specs. It got 16MB RAM, 16MB internal storage, microSD card support for cards up to 32GB and costs only INR 2,495 ($37). Nokia 2016 comes in 2 models – single SIM and dual SIM, both are offered in 3 colors – black, white and mint.
Having such a phone means one thing – you get a great battery life and much more talk time than many other smartphones available in the market. According to official listing, Nokia 216 has a standby time of up to 24 days, talk time up to 18 hours and music playback up to 47 hours. Nokia 216 is currently available in India only and it is yet to be confirmed if it would be available worldwide or not.