Microsoft Announces Nokia 230, Barebones Old Style Phone With Amazing Battery Life
Microsoft’s acquisition of Nokia in 2014 was not only met with criticism but it also led many people to believe, given the future phones the company was planning to release, that the company would solely focus on high-end smartphones from now on powered by Windows OS. Well those worried Nokia fans can rest now as Microsoft just announced two new extremely basic phones.
Powered by the Nokia’s extremely popular Series 30+ firmware, the Nokia 230 and its dual-sim counterpart are pretty basic devices for those who don’t need smartphones, miss typing on old keypads or just want an extremely cheap phone for elders or rough use.
The new phones have a back cover made of metal to make it sturdy like those old phones. In terms of features, it hosts a 2.8-inch screen with a 240 x 320 resolution. Since the installed firmware doesn’t demand much, the phones only have 16MB of RAM.
Nokia 230 also features 2MP cameras in the back as well as front along with LED flash for both sides. The storage space can be expanded up to 32GB via MicroSD card.
Microsoft has, as expected incorporated itself into the device in the form of Bing Search and MSN Weather. In terms of connectivity, you get dual-band 900MHz/1800MHz GSM support and Bluetooth 3.0, and the phone comes with an FM radio receiver, as well.
Boasting a standby time of 27 days, music playback of 52 hours and talk time of 23 hours. The Nokia 230 and 230 Dual Sim will be priced around $55, without taxes, and are set to go on sale in December in Middle East and many other Asian countries including India.