Nokia announces the 'colourful, durable and affordable' 105 phone

Nokia has announced the 105 mobile phone, aimed at people with financial restraints who are looking to buy their first mobile device or for those who want a second phone for emergencies or sports.

The Nokia 105 will retail at €15, making it the most affordable mobile phone in Nokia's current range of devices and will be available in cyan and black. Nokia says the device is both durable and long-lasting, and features a 1.45" 65k colour TFT display, phone calling, SMS, FM radio, and a flashlight. Spec wise the device is Dual band, EGSM 900/1800, has 8MB ROM, a 2.0 mm Charger Connector, 3.5 mm AV connector battery, and comes in at 107 x 44.8 x 14mm and 70g in weight (including the battery). Nokia says the 105 has a standby of up to 35 days and talk time of up to 12.5 hours.

On the announcement Nokia's lead designer Sungwoo Cho said:

The very human curves and the clean, fresh design make it very distinct from our competitors’ devices in this price range, and utterly modern despite a traditional form factor. We’re also extremely happy to be able to offer the Nokia 105 in cyan, as well as black. This is pretty unique at this price point.

The Nokia 105 also comes with pre-loaded with a few games and the Nokia Life service will be available in supported counties.

Product manager Tracy Chen told Nokia Conversations:

Nokia’s experience in optimising phone quality, combined with its global footprint and economies of scale, is a major contributor to being able to work to such a low price. We wanted to be able to offer a bit of fun, an extra surprise that provides a talking point for the owners.

Nokia also says this is the end of an era, with colour screens available at such low prices they are saying goodbye to black-and-white screens.

Source: Nokia Conversations

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I thought I was reading comments a year or more back from people who were "certain" that Nokia would be gone within a year for getting into bed with Microsoft. Well it seems to me they are doing not to bad. (of course not just based on this phone).

You guys call it dumb but
I refuse to take my smartphone to the gym
I refuse to take my smartphone to the beach
You always need a durable spare phone

Nobody is calling it "dumb" but "dumbphone" is the name used for "not smartphone". It's not a criticism, it's a categorisation.

WHY IS THIS NEWS!? They already have a line of (cheaper) £5 and £10 phones that do the same darn thing! This is NOT news.

n_K said,
WHY IS THIS NEWS!? They already have a line of (cheaper) £5 and £10 phones that do the same darn thing! This is NOT news.

It's news because some people may not have known about this line of phones. SMFH

Bit pricey for €15. Here Nokia is making phones specifically for the South Asian market with a ton more features like dual SIM and camera that you can easily get for €10-12.

exactly. I love these 30-day-standby phones theyre great for doing sports outdoors where having a big ass smartphone is less than ideal. especially cuz these nokia dumbphones are DURABLE.

This isn't Symbian, it's Nokia's own proprietary dumphone OS. They have these, then there are the S40 featurephones (which is based on Symbian but not worth calling it Symbian). There was Symbian S60, the real Symbian (with Anna and Belle) but they ditched that.

Ambroos said,
.... the S40 featurephones (which is based on Symbian but not worth calling it Symbian). There was Symbian S60, the real Symbian (with Anna and Belle) but they ditched that.

S40 is not based on Symbian. It is a completely different proprietary OS developed in house at Nokia and have no relation to Symbian or the other in house initiatives like S20 and S30 which run on basic phones like this. The only similarity is that over the years Nokia has succeeded in having a somewhat similar visual identity across these OSs.

Symbian S60 and Anna & Belle are all real Symbian. The difference is prior to Symbian^3 the base OS didn't include a UI layer. So Nokia's S60, S80, S90 and Sony Ericsson's UIQ were all UI layers on top of SymbianOS.

So another bar dumb phone. Nice they are still making these as not everyone (like my dad) wants a smart phone. Dumb phones have always been a hell of a lot more durable than smart phones. Had several Nokia and Motorola phones back in the day that I heavily abused. I drop kick ones a crossed the room and it still worked. And my dad does a lot of work outside and his moto has made many dives off the roof.

Plus its so cheap it has the possibility of getting phones in the hands of poorer third world families.

I miss my Dad's old Nokia bar phone. I swear it had to be made of Adamantine.