Microsoft launches phone with month-long battery life

Nokia 130 can last for 36 days on standby

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Microsoft launches phone with month-long battery life The Nokia 130 can play videos and MP3 music files on its 1.8 inch screen.
By  Helen Gaskell Published  August 11, 2014

Microsoft has announced a low cost mobile phone that has a battery life of over a month and costs $25.

The Nokia 130 launch comes a month after a leaked memo revealed that Microsoft planned to kill off several of its low-cost phone families to "focus on" its more expensive Windows Phone range. But according to the BBC, the firm said that it was still committed to its most basic range.

"This is a massive market segment, and there are not a lot of players in this segment for the reason that scale is really important," Jo Harlow, head of Microsoft's phones business, told the BBC.

"We have the distribution and supply chain scale to compete effectively in this market.

"This is a space where smartphones today don't reach, so there is still very strong benefits to our business."

Harlow said that Microsoft was targeting the device at low wage earners in emerging markets, but added that despite its low price, the firm should profit on the handset after deducting manufacturing and marketing costs.

The 130 features a 1.8-inch colour screen above an old-fashioned nine-button keypad, with soft keys in the middle and comes in white, black or red.

Powered by Series 30+ software, the 130 is available in single or dual-SIM versions and has a battery life of 36 days on standby. It also features a microSD slot for up to 32GB of MP3s or video and a built in FM radio

Microsoft says the Nokia 130 will go on sale in selected markets, including China, Egypt, India, Indonesia, Kenya, Nigeria, Pakistan, the Philippines and Vietnam. Exact release dates are yet to be confirmed, but it will be "this quarter" -- so between now and September. There are no plans to release it in the UAE yet.

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