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Microsoft unveils the $29 Nokia 215

New handset is Redmond's cheapest-ever Internet-ready device

Microsoft unveils the $29 Nokia 215
The device features the Opera Mini web browser, Bing search, MSN Weather, Twitter and Facebook

Microsoft Devices on Monday unveiled its cheapest-yet internet-enabled mobile phone, the Nokia 215, which will retail for around $29 when it is released later this quarter.

The device, available in either single-SIM or dual-SIM mode, is designed to connect and introduce first-time mobile buyers to the internet, Microsoft said. It features the Opera Mini web browser, Bing search, MSN Weather, Twitter and Facebook as standard apps.

"With our ultra-affordable mobile phones and digital services, we see an inspiring opportunity to connect the next billion people to the Internet for the first time," said Jon French, Middle East vice president, Microsoft Mobile Devices.

"The Nokia 215 is perfect for people looking for their first mobile device, or those wanting to upgrade to enjoy affordable digital and social media services, like Facebook and Messenger."

Microsoft said that one of the Nokia 215's main features is SLAM, which allows content to be shared between devices and callers making hands-free calls using Bluetooth 3.0. The device also offers Bluetooth audio support for headphones.

In terms of other specs, there isn't much more to the Nokia 215 - unsurprisingly, given its low price. The camera is a simple VGA unit, while the non-touch screen is a 2.4-inch QVGA display. The battery packs 1,100 mAh, though Microsoft said this would be good for up to 20 hours or talk time, or up to 29 days of standby time. There isn't much internal memory, either, but at least it'll support up 32GB on microSD.

The Nokia 215 and Nokia 215 Dual SIM come in bright green, black and white, and will roll out first in select markets in the Middle East, Africa, Asia and Europe in Q1, Microsoft said.

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