5 Jan 2015

Microsoft Nokia 215 Internet Phone

US company Microsoft has launched the new Nokia 215. It costs just $29 pre-tax and is aimed at emerging markets, offering customers 29 days of battery life on standby, a dual-SIM option, a built-in torch, and FM Radio. The phone has a 2.4-inch QVGA screen 320 x 240 display, and uses the proprietary Nokia 30+ operating system rather than Android or ancient Nokia fave Symbian, a 0.3-megapixel camera, and Bluetooth connectivity.

Nokia 215 is Microsoft's cheapest internet phone

Nokia always had a reputation for building well-made, affordable handsets that appeal to the hundreds of millions around the world who can’t afford full-fat smartphones — and Microsoft is apparently keen to continue that legacy.

You won't be playing all the latest games on the Nokia 215 but it does at least offer a basic Opera Mini web browser, although with just basic 2G connectivity on offer it won't be too fast.

The Nokia 215  won’t be the speediest browsing experience around as it only supports 2G networks. However, as mobile markets in Asia, Africa, and the Middle East continue to develop, consumers will get hungrier for more advanced devices and the 215 is another neat, intermediary phone.

Nokia 215 budget phone will be launching in select markets in the Middle East, Africa, Asia and Europe later this quarter, but there's no plans to launch it in the US.