Microsoft Launches Nokia 216, 216 Dual-Sim Feature Phones in Nigeria
Two new feature phones targeting the low-end segment, Nokia 216 and 216 dual Sim variant has been launched in Nigeria. The technology giant, Microsoft, in a bid to stay committed to empowering its customers with innovative products, made the rather surprise announcement on Thursday, Wednesday 22, 2016.
Great for capturing and sharing selfies and photos day or night, the phones have a beautifully crafted polycarbonate shell that is built to last, and outstanding battery life that keeps you connected for longer. Available in black, gray, and blue, the devices, according to Microsoft will become available in Nigeria in November 2016.
The Nokia 216 comes with a 2.4-inch QVGA display (240×320 resolution), running on Nokia Series 30+ operating system, with up to 32GB of storage via MicroSD card support. The handset features a VGA camera (0.3-megapixels) with a LED flash module on both the front and back.
Connectivity options include Micro-USB, 3.5mm AV connector, Bluetooth 3.0 with SLAM and HSP/HFP profile. The 216 Dual SIM comes with a smaller 1020mAh battery compared to the 1200mAh found on the 230 Dual SIM. Microsoft claims up to 18 hours of talk time and up to 19 days standby (for Dual SIM) for the Nokia 216.
For entertainment and music, devices come with an FM Radio, MP3 and video player. The phones can store up to 2000 contacts, and the rear camera LED flash doubles as a built-in torchlight to light up situations where you need it most. The Nokia 216 Dual SIM measures 118.0×50.02×13.5mm and weighs 83 grams.
Nokia 216 Feature phones Specs
- Single-Sim / Dual-Sim
- 118 x 50 x 13.5 mm
- 82.6 g
- Dual SIM
- 2.4 inch, 240 x 320 resolution, LCD display
- Front Camera with flash
- Rear camera, CMOS sensor, LED Flash
- 1020mAh Battery
- 16 MB RAM
- 16 MB Internal Storage
- SD Card support up to 64 GB
- Glance Screen
- Black, white, Cyan
Microsoft is also offering one free Gameloft game every month for a year and users can enjoy titles like GT Racing and Little Big City. Apps and games are available through the Opera Game Store.
Nokia was working on their new mobiles from last year when it started hiring software experts, testing new products and seeking sales partners as it plots its return to the mobile phone and consumer tech arena it abandoned with the sale of its handset business.
Finally, Nokia announced it’s come back after licensing its brand and intellectual property of old-fashioned feature phones for $350 million to FIH Mobile, a subsidiary of Chinese smartphone manufacturer Foxconn and a newly formed company called HMD Global.
However, Microsoft had said it would continue to run its feature phone business until the transaction closes, which is expected in the second half of 2016. The phone would be available at a price of £28.7 ( about 12, 000 Naira).
During the announcement, Microsoft had said it would continue to develop Windows 10 Mobile and support for Lumia phones such as Lumia 650, 950 and 950 XL, and phones from hardware partners such as Acer, Alcatel, HP, Trinity and Vaio.
Microsoft’s feature phones are a range of trusted mobile devices that empower people with mobility and the ability to connect, discover and achieve more. They are long lasting, functional, and beautifully designed – and give you more for less.
Meanwhile, up to 4 Nokia Android phones and tablets, will be released towards the end of this year. The launch, however, will likely take place sometime early 2017.