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Microsoft unveils a new Nokia feature phone that costs just $37

by Jacob Kleinman | September 20, 2016September 20, 2016 2:00 pm EST

Microsoft announced a new phone this morning, but it’s not the flagship Windows handset we’ve been waiting for. Instead, the company is expanding its feature phone lineup with the Nokia 216, which offers entry-level hardware for the extremely low price of $37.

The Nokia 216 packs a 2.4-inch display with a 320 x 240-pixel resolution. It offers just 16MB of RAM, expandable storage, Bluetooth, and a swappable 1020mAh battery that promises 18 hours of talk time. Microsoft also included a pair of 0.3-megapixel cameras with flash in front and back.

The device runs Nokia’s Series 30 software. You also get  the Opera Mini Browser and the Opera Mobile Store, which offers access to Facebook along with other apps and mobile games. The design looks like a classic Nokia candy bar with a physical keypad. It comes in black, gray or light blue with a plastic frame and a rear-facing speaker.

Microsoft plans to start selling the device in India next month. We doubt the Nokia 216 will ever make its way to the U.S., though the company is expected to announce some new high-end Windows hardware later this year.


Jacob Kleinman

Jacob Kleinman has been working as a journalist online and in print since he arrived at Wesleyan University in 2007. After graduating, he took a...