Microsoft has announced its new feature phones, the Nokia 230 and 230 Dual SIM, designed for developing markets. These devices are follow-ups to other feature phones, namely the new Nokia 105, and the Nokia 130, which were launched after Microsoft purchased Nokia's devices and services business over a year ago.
While these kinds of devices are regarded by many as 'dumb phones', at least compared with today's more popular smartphones, it seems Microsoft is still aiming towards packing these phones with useful features. The Nokia 230 and 230 Dual SIM both have 2.8-inch QVGA (240x320) screens, wrapped around a polycarbonate frame, and a 'sand-blasted' aluminum back cover. They pack 16 MB of RAM, 2 MP rear and front camera, both sides with LED flashes. These devices also support memory cards up to 32 GB, and run on the Series 30+ OS, which Microsoft continues to use for its feature handsets.
They also come with a built-in torchlight and FM radio. You can also take advantage of built-in apps, such as Opera Mini, Opera Store, Bing search, and MSN Weather. Owners of these devices are also entitled towards a free download every month for one year of one Gameloft game, including options such as “Assassin’s Creed Brotherhood” and “Midnight Pool 3.”
The Nokia 230 can last 27 days on standby, and has a maximum talk time of 23 hours. Meanwhile, the 230 Dual SIM offers similar maximum talk time, but only has 22 days of standby time. Other features include Glance screen, support for social apps like Facebook, Twitter, and GroupMe by Skype, and an IPv6 support, among others.
The Nokia 230 and 230 Dual SIM will cost $55, and will be primarily available in India, the Middle East, and the rest of Asia this December, with other markets to follow by the new year.