Microsoft unveils surprise Nokia 216
Microsoft confirmed that it is still making Nokia phones, but this may be the last one
In a surprise announcement, Microsoft confirmed that it is still making Nokia phones as it unveiled the Nokia 216 and the Nokia 216 Dual SIM.
Earlier this year, the software giant confirmed it was selling its feature phone business to FIH mobile, a subsidiary of Foxconn for $350m. The deal meant handing over the rights to use the Nokia brand, as-well-as software and services.
Despite this, Microsoft introduced two new feature phones, which includes a 2.4-inch QVGA display, with a 0.3-megapixel camera both at the front and rear embedded with LED flash. The dimensions are 118 x 50 x 13.5 mm and weights 83g, including the battery and it can support up to 32GB on its memory card. The handsets are available in black, grey and blue and is crafted with a polycarbonate shell.
Both devices are internet-enabled and apps and games can be downloaded from the Opera Mobile Store. Furthermore, both devices offer an FM radio, MP3, video player and Bluetooth audio support for headphones. It is safe to say, it is one of the most basic phones Microsoft has manufactured.
Abdullah AlUzaib, head of marketing and communications in Microsoft Arabia, said; "Microsoft's feature phones are a range of trusted mobile devices that empower people with mobility and the ability to connect, discover and achieve more. They are long lasting, functional, and beautifully designed - and give you more for less". Nokia 216 and Nokia 216 Dual SIM are our newest addition to the Microsoft feature phone family that offer the affordable connectivity features people need, combined with the entertainment features they want".
Nokia 216 and Nokia 216 Dual SIM will become available in Saudi Arabia by 25 October 2016, and the devices prices is 110 SAR.