Introducing the Nokia 108, a camera phone for $29

At the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona back in February, Nokia launched an ultra-affordable handset, the 105, which it called "colourful, durable and affordable". The 105's specs were about as basic as you could expect of a modern device, with a 1.45-inch 65k colour TFT display, FM radio and flashlight – but the handset's party piece was its battery, with a standby time of up to 35 days. With a price tag of just €15 EUR ($20 USD / £12.50 GBP), that's not bad going. 

Today, Nokia has announced a successor to that device, the 108. With a price tag of just $29 USD (€21.50 EUR / £18 GBP), the new handset builds on the foundations laid by its predecessor, adding a larger 1.8-inch display, support for microSD cards up to 32GB, "Slam" content sharing via Bluetooth and, significantly, a VGA camera capable of capturing both photos and video. 

It's easy to scoff at a VGA camera being built into a device in this age of 41-megapixel phone cams, but for many people in emerging markets, it presents the first opportunity to own a handset with integrated imaging capabilities. Timo Toikkanen, Nokia's executive vice president for mobile phones, said: "There remains a huge segment of the global population that has yet to own a camera phone. For the next billion people and beyond, we aim to bring new mobile experiences to ever-lower price points." 

The Nokia 108 also comes in a Dual-SIM version, an important feature for low-income markets, where it is common for families to share handsets. The Dual-SIM model offers up to 25 days of standby time, while the standard version lasts up to 31 days; both offer talk time of up to 13.8 hours, with music playback time of up to 40.8 hours. 

On sale before the end of the year, the 108 will launch in red, black and white, with yellow and cyan variants coming later. 

Source: Nokia Conversations | Image via Nokia

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the battery life is almost making me want to do it!

I mean £18, that's less than most mobile contracts a month! its funny really you fork out £32 a month for a fancy big smartphone and cos im so used to keeping data charges down over the decades, I keep data off outwith of Wifi anyways, silly really when you think about it.

Good there are plenty of us out there that don't really need and certainly don't want quad processing youtube surfing phone, we just need durable devices that do their primary job (phone calls) very well and maybe can capture a reasonable photo here or there and an occasional text. Be even better if they'd make flip version. Now excuse me I have to go tell the kids to get off my lawn again!

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for many people in emerging markets, it presents the first opportunity to own a handset with integrated imaging capabilities.

I do not know; I live in Chile, one of those "emerging markets", and even the poorest people I have seen over here have a cheap smartphone (Alcatel or something like that). I think the target for this phone is an even lower market than an "emerging" one.

yeah. no. Im still waiting for the 207/208. These news pieces always mention the price in euros, dollars, sterline, but yet forget to even ask nokia where the hell these phones are being sold and when they are getting released in all markets. These are for india and pakistan, apparently.

Not the first time I hear Nokia bringing reasonably cheap phones into markets. But they either end up costing here over 100E or are not available here at all.

To bad though, I know many people who buy phones that are less then 50 euro's.

Enron said,
Actually looks nicer than the 5C.
Come on Enron. We know you don't like Apple, but that phone does not look nicer than the 5C. No matter if I don't agree with a certain company, I always give credit where credit is due.

JHBrown said,
Come on Enron. We know you don't like Apple, but that phone does not look nicer than the 5C. No matter if I don't agree with a certain company, I always give credit where credit is due.

I like some things from Apple. But really I just don't like the look of the 5C. I think it's that gaudy green color they used or maybe it's just the long and narrow shape clashing with the plastic look. The 5S looks good though.

Enron said,

I like some things from Apple. But really I just don't like the look of the 5C. I think it's that gaudy green color they used or maybe it's just the long and narrow shape clashing with the plastic look. The 5S looks good though.

True. They could have selected a better range of colors.

I hope these use Gorilla Glass. Plastic covers are so easy to mark/crack.

I'm just wondering if these were released to clear stock of PCBs/parts for previous generation (Symbian-based) Nokia phones - ousted from the market by smartphones. Their design is very much like my old Nokia.

yep .. i'm tired of smartphones .... owning a S3 and 5800 ( still a great NOKIA phone) .. i really miss the physical keypad.. i think this 108 will replace my 5800....

I hope Microsoft don't kill these phones. They are so handy for travelling and back ups.

There is other cheap phones on the market but nothing comes close to the cheap Nokia's with sensible features.

They're some pretty impressive specs for ~$30. Colours are nice too.

I presume these phones aren't water proof or anything like that though? This is the sort of phone that I think would be great to use as a backup anywhere really, and waterproofing would be really nice to have

blerk said,
They're some pretty impressive specs for ~$30. Colours are nice too.

I presume these phones aren't water proof or anything like that though? This is the sort of phone that I think would be great to use as a backup anywhere really, and waterproofing would be really nice to have

I bet, these phones are much better than any smartphone. You can drop it, nothing happens. Throw in water and take it and clean it, chances of survival are more than any other smartphones.

What else you need!

nitins60 said,

I bet, these phones are much better than any smartphone. You can drop it, nothing happens. Throw in water and take it and clean it, chances of survival are more than any other smartphones.

What else you need!

True. When i think about the next step for a dumbphone, i think WATER PROOF BRICK HOORAY instead of hi-res screens that allow for actually usable/enjoyable mail, browsing, gaming, voip, camera, photos, social networking, etc.

nitins60 said,

I bet, these phones are much better than any smartphone. You can drop it, nothing happens. Throw in water and take it and clean it, chances of survival are more than any other smartphones.

What else you need!

Yeah, I agree that these have a much much greater probability of survival vs a smart-phone. However, all my old Nokia phones survived virtually everything except water. They survived drops, being crushed, burnt, etc. But water - well it killed all of them pretty much instantly.

thartist said,

...... instead of hi-res screens that allow for actually usable/enjoyable mail, browsing, gaming, voip, camera, photos, social networking, etc.

First world attitude. Try living somewhere where finding the daily supply of fresh drinking water is your primary concern, then you will see the need for this device.