Microsoft hasn’t forgotten about people who still value their ultra-budget cellphones, nor is it letting go of the Nokia brand just yet. The company has just announced the Nokia 222 feature phone, a candy bar design that is set to retail for only US$37 (about RM157).
The Nokia 222 is one of those old school phones for people who need a mobile device but cannot afford a smartphone. It is technically a 2.5G device and comes pre-installed with GroupMe by Skype, Facebook, Messenger, and Twitter. The Nokia 222 also comes in both single and dual-SIM models, which is common for this kind of device.
On the rear is a 2MP camera, apparently for taking pictures. It’s a far cry from the massive sensors seen on more expensive phones, but what can one expect from something that costs below RM200. Microsoft has included support for microSD cards up to 32GB; which combined with the small camera sensor probably means that there is no danger of running out of storage space.
As expected, battery life is an impressive standby time of 29 days for the single SIM variant, and 21 days for the dual SIM version. Microsoft has not specified which countries will be seeing the Nokia 222, but should be appearing in less developed countries rather than places that are more capable of buying full blown smartphones. The Nokia 222 will be available in Black and White in September.