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Microsoft announces the Nokia-branded 216 feature phone


Microsoft today announced a new Nokia-branded feature phone for the masses, dubbed 216.  Since Microsoft is rumored to kill the Lumia brand by the end of this year, the 216 could very well be the final Nokia-branded feature phone to be launched by the Redmond based company.

The Nokia 216 features a small 2.4-inch LCD display with 320 x 240 resolution, which is fairly impressive for a feature phone. It also comes with 16MB of internal memory, which is more than enough for the Series 30+ OS that it runs. Of course, you do get a microSD card slot to expand the memory further by up to 32GB. The Phonebook on the 216 can store up to 2000 contacts.

The handset is equipped with two cameras, one at the back and one on the front. Both the cameras offer VGA resolution, can record videos at 320 x 240 at 15 frames per second, and come with an LED flash. Connectivity wise, the feature phone offers only 2G 900/1800 MHz, FM radio, microUSB 1.1, and Bluetooth 3.0. There is no Wi-Fi support sadly. However, you do get a built-in torchlight, Opera Mini web browser with IPv6 support, and vibrating alerts. In terms of dimensions, the Nokia 216 measures 118 x 50.2 x 13.5mm and weighs in at 82.6 grams.


Since it is a feature phone, the battery is user-removable. It is a 1020mAh unit, which may seem small, but you should keep in mind that this isn’t a smartphone. Microsoft claims the handset delivers 18 hours of talk time and up to 24 days standby time.

For now, Microsoft has only detailed pricing info for the Indian market, where it will be going on sale soon for a price tag of Rs.2495, which converts to $37 based on the current exchange rate. It will be available in three colors – White, Mint, and Black.

Via: The Verge

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