Microsoft’s latest cellphone doesn’t run Windows and it’s not even really a smartphone. But the Nokia 215 can connect to the internet and run a series of apps including Facebook, Twitter, the Opera Mini web browser, and of course Bing search.
What really makes the Nokia 215 special though, is its price: the phone will sell for about $29 in parts of Europe, Asia, Africa, and the Middle East when it launches in the first quarter of 2015.
The phone has a 2.4 inch, 320 x 240 pixel display, a VGA camera, support a flashlight function, and support for FM radio and MP3 audio. It supports Bluetooth 3.0 for connecting a headset, and supports relatively slow 2G networks… but this is an entry-level phone that’s designed to allow people to make calls and get online in developing markets where price may be more important than speed.
The upshot is that the Nokia 215 has the kind of battery life that puts modern smartphones to shame. Microsoft says you should get up to 20 hours of talk time, 50 hours of MP3 playback time, or 29 days of standby time from the phone’s 1100mAh battery.
Microsoft will offer single and dual SIM versions of the phone.