Nokia returns with ‘dumb’ feature phone

HMD Global has announced its entry into the mobile market, with Nokia-branded phones

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Nokia returns with ‘dumb’ feature phone  In May this year, Foxconn and HMD Global paid $350m to Microsoft to utilise and manufacturer the Nokia brand. (Nokia)
By  Aasha Bodhani Published  December 15, 2016

HMD Global has unveiled two new models, the Nokia 150 and Nokia 150 Dual SIM, from the Nokia brand, with both models offering a cheaper and easier-to-use platform.

In May this year, Foxconn and HMD Global paid $350m to Microsoft to utilise and manufacturer the Nokia brand.

The feature phones are covered in black or white plastic, along with 2.4in" colour screens, VGA camera, MicroSD memory card, torch, FM radio and MP3 player. The models however do not connect to the Internet or run apps, despite this the models have the ability to go 31 days before requiring a charge.

At the beginning of 2017, the two models will be available across the Middle East, India, Asia-Pacific, Africa and Europe for $26. Set at this price, the models are targeted to those living in developing countries.

Furthermore, Nokia will be returning to the smartphone market with handsets running on Google's operating system. Despite no concrete details from HMD Global, it has revealed the devices will focus on innovation and quality, as well as sticking to "the iconic Nokia mobile phone attributes of design, robustness and reliability."

 

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