Nokia announces an array of cheap handsets

After releasing its high-end N900 and X6 handsets, Nokia has now decided to look at the low-end of the market. Initially targeted towards emerging markets, you can bet that the five new, low cost, mobile phones just announced by Nokia, will be grabbed by your favourite mobile suppliers as the basis of bargain basement deals.


They include the Nokia 1280, a €20 handset that supports Nokia Life Tools that runs on Symbian S30 and has a monochrome display packing in just 96 x 98 pixels, GSM connectivity, MP3 ringtones, a torch, 3.5mm headphone socket and FM radio. The handset is dust and scratch resistant and you can change the chassis cover, if you wish.


The similarly looking Nokia 1616 and 1800 features a 128 x 160 pixel display, torch, FM radio and Nokia Life Tools support. The Nokia 1616 and 1800 will cost €24 and €26 respectively.


The Nokia 2220 Slide includes Ovi Mail, GSM / GPRS connectivity, a 128 x 160 pixel colour display, Bluetooth, 3.5mm headphone socket, MP3 player, FM radio and Nokia Life Tools support. The phone will cost €45.


The Nokia 2690, a candybar design, copies many of the 2220 features but also adds EDGE and MicroSD card support (up to 8GB). The Nokia 2690 will be available for €54.


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