We had reported late last week that Nokia would be introducing a bunch of new handsets at this years MWC. Well now that the MWC has kicked off, that is exactly what has happened. The Finnish company earlier today announced four new handsets. We will take a look at two of them in this article – the Nokia 301 and the ultra-low end Nokia 105.
One look at the Nokia 301 and you would be transported back to the mid 2000’s when Nokia ruled the roost with its mid to low range handsets. The design is similar to the handsets of the yesteryears. The phone features a 2.4” QVGA TFT colour display and gets Up to 256MB, 64MB RAM (plus up to 32GB microSD card).
The Nokia 301 supports both 3G and 2G networks (GSM 850/900/1800/1900, WCDMA 900/2100, 850/1900) and is a dual SIM handset.
The camera on this phone is a decent sounding 3.2-megapixel unit and incorporates a few features seldom seen on a device of this class. This includes a self-timer feature and the ability to capture panoramic photos. Then there is a sequential shot as well which takes 3-5 frames and lets you choose the perfect picture. Needless to say, most of these features seem to have been inspired from Nokia’s Lumia range all of which have exceptionally good imaging technologies. The 301 also integrates a bunch of social media friendly features so that users can remain connected to their friends and share content easily. Social media options include built in apps for, eBuddy, WhatsApp, Facebook and Twitter. An email app is also included and it supports a lite version of Mail for Exchange
The phone also gets the Nokia Xpress Browser which compresses data whilst browsing and saves the users a lot of money – apart from offering a faster web experience. For YouTube freaks, let it be known that this phone can also stream videos – but I am unsure how good an experience watching a video clip on a 2.4 inch display would be.
The Nokia comes in a bunch of color options – yellow, cyan, magenta, white and black varieties and single SIM or dual SIM versions. You can expect the Nokia 301 to be out in the next quarter and will set you back by around €65.
Next up is the ultra lowend Nokia 105. A successor to the Nokia 100, this one happens to be a Dual band, EGSM 900/1800 handset aimed at a person looking for an affordable, simple communications device. Nokia is targeting the 2.7 billion people on the planet – who are yet to start using a mobile phone.
With a price estimated to hover around the €15 mark, it is Nokia’s cheapest mobile phone ever. While it may be the cheapest, the phone packs in quite a few entertainment options that include an FM Radio as well as in built games. The device has just 8MB ROM with no option to expand it further. The device offers a standby time of up to 35 days while the talk time is rated at 12.5 hours
The Nokia 105 also mark the end of an era for Nokia made devices with black and white screens. That’s right; the company has said that it would no longer make phones with monochrome displays. Expect the 105 to ship from the second quarter of 2013.