Just weeks after HMD Global Oy announced its venture into the mobile phone market with its acquisition of the Nokia brand, the now owner of the Nokia name has announced a new set of mobile phones to start with. But, unlike everyone had hoped for, this release won’t fulfill our dreams yet as they are feature phone or known by some as dumb phones with the new Nokia 150 produced non-other than Foxconn who now has the rights to produce Nokia feature phones after it acquired from Microsoft.
If you’d notice, the Nokia 150 looked exactly like the Nokia 260 which dbut back in September, their difference might just come from the color of their keypads and the rest is as close to everything, the latter was Microsoft last foray before selling the division to Foxconn or more specifically by FIH a subsidiary of Foxconn, which isn’t too surprising to see with the continuation of the hardware design since it takes the signature Nokia aesthetics and the really solid construction.
The new Nokia 150 comes with a 2.4-inch display, a standard VGA back camera and a promised 22 hours battery life for continuous usage. It doesn’t feature the complications of the smartphone but just something to text and communicate makes this piece of a handset a must have in anyone’s pocket. A rich secondary phone for today’s lifestyle with practically useful features such as bluetooth, FM radio, MP3 player and a camera with LED flash to make the most of your life’s moments. It also comes with a converter and calculator and a handful of games to play with plus a microSD card support of up to 32 GB for all your multimedia contents.
Housed in a polycarbonate shell, it’s a sturdy and built to withstand in most situations, HMD promised a solidly built device for the Nokia 150. It takes two SIM’s with dual standby and supports 2.5G networks, one doesn’t need either 3G or 4G support for this matter, let alone that be handled by smartphones, this one here is designed purely for us to talk and get connected the traditional way.
The handset runs on the Nokia Series 30+ user interface, something of a comeback for such remarkable and unforgettable interface that Nokia ever produced. And lastly, the handset operates on a full-featured numeric physical buttons. A thing that we used to lived in the past.
The handset will be available by the first quarter of 2017 and is expected to make a launch inAPAC, IMEA, and European markets for just $26, the Nokia 150 will also be available in either single SIM and dual SIM variants.
In addition to that, Android lovers may have to wait a few more months before Nokia will unveil their first and purely Android phone. Rumors has it that Nokia/HMD Global will be unveiling their first Android device in at Mobile World Congress (MWC) this coming February. Previously, HMD CEO Arto Nummela, already announced it will be producing Nokia smartphones and tablets that will dbut by the first half of 2017, so the notion of whether we’ll finally get an Android powered handset is already there, the only thing that we could do for now is wait.
But for now, let’s make use of what Nokia 150 has to offer, besides it’s one really that you could turn to in case your smartphone suddenly becomes dumber than the so-called dumb phones of today.