In an era of smartphones, software technology giant Microsoft has unveiled an outdated Nokia 216, which is also believed to be the company's last feature phone.
In May, Microsoft confirmed that it would sell the company's entry-level feature phone assets to FIH Mobile Ltd., a subsidiary of Hon Hai (aka Foxconn Technology Group), and HMD Global Oy (Nokia's affiliate) in the second half of 2016.
Based on the previous reports, Nokia 216 was rumoured to launch with non-Microsoft brand, but it looks like the companies have not completed the asset transfer just yet.
Now, the launch of Nokia 216 by Microsoft is seen as the last hurrah before they finalise the deal.
A notable aspect of Nokia 216 is that it boasts two 0.3MP VGA camera with dedicated LED flash on both front and the back, making it one of the very few phones in the entry-level segment to boast such hardware.
To further sweeten the deal, Microsoft is offering one free Gameloft game every month for a year. Interested buyers can get GT Racing, Little Big City and other games, and apps on the Opera Mobile Store.
Other stipulated features include 2.4-inch QVGA screen with keypad below, Nokia series 30+ OS, Bluetooth, FM radio and a 1,020mAh battery, which can keep the phone running for 19 days under standby mode.
Microsoft's new Nokia 216 is scheduled to hit stores in India on October 24 for Rs 2,495.
Key specifications of Microsoft Nokia 216
|Model||Microsoft Nokia 216|
|Display||2.4-inch QVGA screen with 240x320p resolution|
|Storage||Up to 32GB|
|Battery||1020mAh (type: BL-5C)
|Network connectivity||900/1800 MHz, and HSP/HFP profile|
|Add-ons||micro USB, 3.5mm AV connector, Bluetooth 3.0 with SLAM, dual-SIM (separate model), FM radio|
|Dimensions||118.0 x 50.02 x 13.5 mm|
|Colours||black, grey, and blue|