Nokia today announced two feature phones, the Nokia 105 and the Nokia 301, at the ongoing Mobile World Congress in Barcelona. Both the candy-bar phones are affordable and have enough functions to serve as an ideal first-time phone as well as a secondary handset.
The Nokia 105 is lightweight phone with a 1.45-inch colour screen and basic functionality like FM Radio and flashlight. It also has a dust and splash-proof, pillowed keypad, making it a pretty durable piece. The phone will support only a single SIM card, unlike the recently announced Nokia Asha 310.
The ultra-basic Nokia 105
Following the legacy Nokia is so well-known for, the Nokia 105 will have a 35-day battery life, making it an ideal back-up handset for people with smartphones. The phone is expected to retail for €15 (Rs 1215 approx.) in the black or cyan colours that Nokia has become so well-known for.
The phone is planned to be released in the first quarter of 2013 and is expected to gradually make its way to China, Egypt, India, Russia and more markets in Africa, Middle East, Asia-Pacific and Europe, where feature phones are lapped up.
The Nokia 301, runs on the Nokia Series 40 platform and features 3.5G HSPA and a smart camera. This handset too will have an alphanumeric keypad and has smart features too.
The device features a 3.2 megapixel camera with a host of options for taking and editing pictures, including a much talked about panorama feature. It also has a self-portrait mode, which will let users snap their own pics with a rear camera. How? Voice guided prompts will make sure you get a proper shot by telling you how to position the screen.
The Nokia 301 will come in single and dual-SIM variants
The social connect is strong in this phone. It allows you to stream YouTube videos and Facebook, Twitter and WhatsApp are also available. A lite version of Mail for Exchange will allow users to check mails and sync calendars too.
The phone will be priced a little more steeply at €65 (around Rs 5625) and comes in single and dual-SIM variants. The single-SIM version will offer 39 days of standby while the dual-SIM one will last for 34 days. The Nokia 301 will come in a wider range of colours: cyan, yellow, magenta, black, and white. It is expected to be available from the second quarter of 2013 in more than 120 countries in Africa, Asia-Pacific, Europe, India, Middle East and Latin America.