MICROSOFT ANNOUNCED the dirt-cheap Nokia 130 handset on Monday, confirming that it hasn't called time on the Finns' feature phone lineup.
While Microsoft was quick to axe Nokia's Android-powered X line, a move that was announced alongside the firm's 18,000 job cuts, it seems that the firm isn't so offended by the firm's Series 30 featurephones, as it unveiled the Nokia 130 on Monday.
Microsoft said that the Nokia 130 is "the most affordable mobile phone with video and music player", with the handset set to retail for a mere €19. However, beyond its video and music player features the handset doesn't have much else to offer. There's a built-in FM radio, room for an SD card and a 1.8in colour display that showcases Nokia's barebones Series 30 user interface.
The handset, which will be made available in both single-SIM and dual-SIM offerings, also features Bluetooth connectivity, 13 hours of talk time on a single charge and three different colour versions - red, black and white. Bizarrely, the Nokia 130 does not ship with an internet connection, having no onboard 3G or WiFi.
Microsoft pursuing Nokia's cheap phone lineup doesn't come as too much of a shock. In an interview with Recode, Microsoft phone unit VP Jo Harlow said the company will retain Nokia's entry-level phone business because "Microsoft doesn't have any other project that can reach these consumers". She added that the devices likely will bring new users to Microsoft's ecosystem.
The Nokia 130 will be available later this quarter priced at €19. µ
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