Microsoft launches a $20 Nokia-branded phone

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US software (and smartphone) giant Microsoft has just released a new entry-level phone under its Nokia brand that costs only $20, and is aimed at so-called emerging markets, especially those in Asia and Africa, for example.

The phone can’t really be classed as a smartphone, as the 2G-only Nokia 105 has just a 1.4-inch colour display, can store 2,000 contacts, offers an FM radio and promises up to 35 days of standby time.

Still, for many people who don’t need an all-singing, all-dancing phablet or huge-screened device, this seems like a great choice that’s also likely to be durable and hard-wearing.

Nokia 105 smartphone costs just $20

The Nokia 105 weighs just 70 grammes, has a replaceable battery and also charges using a Micro-USB port, meaning that you can charge it just about anywhere. There is also a dual-SIM version, another popular feature in emerging markets.

Microsoft says that it is retaining Nokia’s entry-level business because the company does not have any other projects that can reach such price conscious consumers in developing countries. It sounds like a good move, and one that should keep the Nokia brand burning brightly for a while longer.

Nokai 105In its high-end phones, Microsoft has ditched the Nokia brand entirely, instead calling its flagship devices Microsoft Lumia. Microsoft bought Nokia’s handset business last year for several billion dollars.

The Nokia 105, and the dual-SIM version will both go on sale in selective markets worldwide this month, and Thailand is probably likely to be one of them.

If you’re looking for a cheap and reliable phone that doesn’t really matter too much if it gets lost or damaged, the Nokia 105 could be a great choice.

SOURCE: The Next Web

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