Microsoft’s latest smartphone launch is no flagship — but that’s not to say it’s unimportant. Costing just $US30, it’s perhaps the cheapest way to get a slice of the web in your your hand.
Unlike other cheap phones in Nokia’s line-up, the phone can run apps like Facebook, Messenger, Twitter, Bing Search, MSN Weather and Opera Mini. Sadly, it won’t be the high-res, super-fast experience we’re used to: the handset only supports 2G networks, and even when you’ve waited for a page to load, the 2.4-inch QVGA 320 x 240 pixel display won’t show it off in its full glory.
So, a handset for children and developing markets, really. But for those, it caters admirably, offering a 0.3-megapixel camera, built-in torch, MP3 and FM radio support and Bluetooth connectivity. And it manages 29 days of standby battery life, too.
The Nokia 215 will be available in the first quarter of 2015. [Nokia]