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Microsoft’s last attempt at rolling out a phone, is this pure, age-old ‘Nokia’ we used to love

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We have come a long way from when phones were primarily used for calls and messages. Today, they are cameras, gaming consoles, televisions, PCs and a whole host of other stuff rolled into one. That is why they are called smartphones after all. Which is why, Microsoft’s decision to launch a dumb phone under the Nokia brand, is garnering a significant bit of attention.

Microsoft, which is selling off its phone division to Foxconn, has announced a brand new Nokia 216 Dual SIM handset.

Considering that the sale of the phone division is expected to conclude by the year end, this could well be the last Nokia phone Microsoft ever manufactures. And perhaps for sentimental reasons — Nokia was the undisputed king of phone manufacturers before smartphones came around, after all — there is absolutely nothing about this device that is even remotely smart. In fact, you would have to invent a time machine and travel all the way back to the beginning of the 21st century, just to fit in with these phones.

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The Nokia 216 packs a 2.4-inch QVGA screen, so don’t expect to enjoy any HD games or movies. Camera wise, you get a 0.3 Megapixel camera on the front and back. So yeah, you can take selfies but with just .3 Megapixels available, why even bother. The device supports 2.5G and comes in single and dual-SIM varieties.

As far as entertainment is concerned, the phones does offer Facebook and the Opera Mini web browser. Meanwhile, the one feature where this dumb phone manages to trump even the best of the smartphones available today is its battery life. The device boasts of an extremely impressive standby time of around 24 days and can run for 18 continuous hours worth of voice calls. You can also listen to music for almost 50 hours, according to Microsoft.

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Meanwhile, the device is very likely to come with an extremely affordable price tag, we have been hearing rumors of a $37 price, which should equate to well under two and a half thousand in Indian currency. While there are smartphones available for that price today, the signature battery backup and the fact that this is very likely the last Nokia device to be produced by Microsoft, may make fans buy it as a souvenir or as a backup phone.

Meanwhile, after selling off the Nokia facilities and patents to Foxconn and the naming rights to Finnish company HMD Global, Microsoft is planning to make a comeback with its surface device. Let’s hope it has a better luck with those than it had with either the Nokia or the Lumia brands.

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