Microsoft unveils its cheapest smartphone yet

By Jay Jay

Microsoft unveiled Nokia 215 today - its new lost-cost internet-ready smartphone. With prices starting around £20, the new phone has single-SIM and dual SIM options, as well as introduces first time phone buyers and low-budget consumers to the Internet.

Featuring basic phone features like a torch, camera, FM player, MP3 playback, Bluetooth 3.0 and a powerful battery, the Nokia 215 enables users to browse and receive instant notifications through the Opera mini browser, Bing, MSN weather, Twitter and Facebook.

Speaking at the launch, Jo Harlow, corporate vice president of Microsoft Devices Group, said, “With our ultra-affordable mobile phones and digital services, we see an inspiring opportunity to connect the next billion people to the Internet for the first time. The Nokia 215 is perfect for people looking for their first mobile device, or those wanting to upgrade to enjoy affordable digital and social media services, like Facebook and Messenger."

The chirpy little phone sports a 2.4” QVGA display and will be sold in bright green, black and white colours. Powered by a 1100 mAH battery, the single SIM variant offers up to 29 days of standby time, FM playback up to 45 hours and up to 20 hours of talk time. The Bluetooth feature enables hands-free calling as well. It may be far-fetched to consider the Nokia 215 as just what the doctor ordered for students and first-time buyers- given the purchasing power and the status symbolism of modern smartphones. However,

Microsoft’s effort to bring in the Internet to consumers who couldn’t afford the superior smartphones will surely be a boon for many.

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