HMD Global, which holds the rights for Nokia brand, has launched two entry-level features phones – the Nokia 105 and Nokia 130. Both features phones have upgraded designs, and run on Nokia S30+ platform. The new Nokia 105’s single-SIM variant is priced at Rs 999.
The sales for Nokia 105 will start from 19th July 2017. The new Nokia 130 will be launched soon in India, though the company isn’t telling its exact price. It may be around Rs. 1200 .
The revamped version of the Nokia 105 features a new ergonomic design, better battery life, a larger screen size and new tactile island keymat, HMD said.
Its design has been completely changed, and now appears to look like the Nokia 3310. However, the phone doesn’t offer anything new to its potential users even after some alterations and changes in its looks.
Features of new Nokia 105 :
1.8-inch colour display, 4MB RAM, 4MB ROM, as well as 800mAh battery, which promises to deliver 15 hours of talk time. An FM Radio is also included, alongside a headphone jack and microUSB 2.0 ports. On the software front, it runs Nokia S30+ platform and even comes pre-loaded with games like Snake Xenzia. The Nokia 105 (2017) is a dual SIM (GSM + CDMA and GSM + CDMA) . Connectivity options include FM. Nokia 105 will be available in Blue, Black , and White.
“With more than four billion people remaining offline and unable to benefit from the social and economic development opportunities of the Internet, simply getting connected by voice and text is still such an important step for many people around the world,” HMD Global CEO Arto Nummela said in a statement.
He added that more than 400 million feature phones were sold globally in 2016.
It is estimated that there are over 1.3 billion feature phone users across the world, mainly in markets like Asia and Africa.
About Nokia :
Nokia used to be one of the world’s biggest mobile phone manufacturers but it fell behind with the advent of iPhone and Android smartphones. In 2014, Nokia’s Devices and Services division was sold to Microsoft. In 2016, Finnish company HMD Global bought a part of Microsoft’s feature phone business and has a licensing agreement that allows it to make smartphones under the Nokia brand.
Now HMD Global has launched two new phones at a time when Reliance Jio is planning to bring a 4G-enabled feature phone in India. The phone is expected to be priced at Rs 500, and is likely to be announced at the company’s annual general meeting on July 21 in Mumbai. The feature phone will be launched under the company’s LYF brand.
HMD has said it will include both feature and smartphones in its portfolio as it attempts to make a comeback into the global mobile phone market that is dominated by the likes of Samsung, Apple and Huawei.