HMD Global, a Finnish mobile manufacturing company has announced the launch of two new feature phones under the Nokia branding.
Essentially, the two feature phones are Nokia 150 and Nokia 150 Dual SIM devices and will be rolled out in Asia Pacific, Middle East, Africa, and Europe in the first quarter of 2017. These two new devices are basic handsets priced at $26 translating to around Rs. 1,700.
According to a report by the Indian Express, both the phones features a 2.4-inch QVGA display, built-in FM radio, and a mp3 player. In addition, the feature phone is powered by a 1,020 mAh replaceable battery, which will provide a talktime of up to 22 hours, and a standby time of up to 31 days for the single SIM and 25 days for the dual SIM variant. The feature phone comes with microSD support for storage up to 32GB.
Furthermore, the Nokia 150 comes with a hard polycarbonate frame at the back, which is scratch-resistant. The company claims that this will make the device more durable. The smartphone measures 118.0×50.2×13.5mm in dimensions and weighs 81 grams. The phone comes pre-loaded with classic games like the Snake Xenzia and Nitro Racing by Gameloft.
Earlier this year, Nokia disclosed that it had licensed HMD to produce Nokia-branded mobile phones and tablets. Now, HMD Global has announced its first phones under Nokia branding.
This comes as HMD had already reached agreements with both Microsoft and Nokia about the use of the Nokia brand and some design rights. The agreement HMD signed with Nokia is exclusive and valid for 10 years. However, the agreement with Microsoft has some conditions and only covers the use of the Nokia name in basic phones.
HMD is planning to further spend around 400 million euros on marketing the Nokia brand for the next three years. Going forward, HMD Global has assured that it will further expand the Nokia-branded feature phone portfolio, which will be comprised of breakthrough phones.