Microsoft Launches a Nokia Phone

Microsoft may have cut short its Windows Phone and mobile efforts, and it may be in theprocess of selling its feature phone business, but the company is anything but done with launching new feature phones with Nokia branding.

The company today launched the Nokia 216 in India. The feature phone sports dual-SIM card capability, offers up to 19 days of standby time on a single charge, and is priced at Rs 2,495 ($37). It will go on sale in the country from Oct. 24, a week before the Diwali festival.

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For $37, you get a phone with a 2.4-inch QVGA (240 x 320) display, and a microSD card slot wrapped in a polycarbonate shell. The 1,020 mAh battery can also keep the phone ticking for 18 hours of continuous talktime. There are two VGA cameras in there as well. Yes, VGA.

The most interesting thing about the phone is its existence.

The most interesting thing about the phone is its existence. The announcement today comes as a surprise, especially since Microsoft announced earlier this year that it was selling its feature phone business to Foxconn’s subsidiary, FIH Mobile for $350 million.

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