Nokia has a new owner and new ambitions to reclaim the glory from its golden days, but it seems its new phones continue to be stuck in the old ways.
Yesterday, the iconic phone-maker unveiled the Nokia 150 – the company’s very first release under its new patron HMD Global. Much like the recently introduced 216 series, the device is a feature phone that comes at an affordable price – but without many actual features.
Slated to arrive in the first quarter of next year, the Nokia 150 will cost an unassuming $26 and will pack a 2.4-inch screen, built-in FM radio, an MP3 player and a shitty VGA camera. It will run the standard Nokia operation system Series 30 and also support file transfer over bluetooth.
Here are the rest of the specs:
- System: Dual band 900/1800 MHz
- Dimensions: 118.0×50.2×13.5mm
- Weight: 81.0g (including battery)
- Display: 2.4’’ QVGA (240*320)
- Connectivity: micro USB, 3.5mm AV connector, Bluetooth 3.0 with SLAM
- Up to 32GB microSD card supported
- LED torchlight
Two weeks ago, HMD Global confirmed months of speculation after it revealed it secured exclusive licensing rights over the Nokia brand for the next 10 years, announcing plans to deliver its first line of phones in early 2017.
The company previously said it has ambitions to build Android-powered devices, but added its production efforts will also include lower-end feature phones.
Although details about its upcoming releases remain scarce, rumors have it Nokia might drop its first smartphones at Mobile World Congress in February next year.
And while HMD has set its sights on disrupting the mobile market, Nokia might never seize the future if it continues to build phones that remain stuck in the past.