Microsoft and Windows phone have been having a tough time with declining sales YOY and users still await a device dubbed the Surface Phone.  With the Lumia brand said to be killed off this year by the time a replacement model comes along plenty more will have jumped ship again and with how Surface as a brand is priced if and when we do see the phone it will yet again leave another long gap for fans to wait just like what happened with the 930 to the 950x launch which was quite an annoyance to the say the least but some will see it as just OK…Microsoft have made it clear they are not focused on mobile THIS YEAR and also continue to build apps for the competitors Android and iOS… Since the Nokia 222 I always said we would see another device similar and today is the day..Rest assured this will be the last   

 

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Today though the Nokia 216 was announced and for some they might ask why this and no Lumia.. These candybar budget devices are a huge seller for the company and particularly do well in merging markets and always have been popular.These feature phones have some form of connectivity bringing communication to people cheap and in an affordable way. Not a smartphone,not a touchscreen but the basic candybar phone with buttons running the S30 OS the 216 will sell regardless.

 

 

Specs on the board the 216,there is a dual sim version also..

  • 2.4 inch, 240 x 320 resolution, LCD display
  • Front Camera with flash
  • Rear camera, CMOS sensor, LED Flash
  • 1020mAh Battery
  • 16 MB Internal Storage and RAM
  • SD Card support up to 64 GB optional cards can be used
  • Glance Screen

The device is set to go on Sale in October in selected markets for around $37. With low data consumption and a good build it will be handy for a spare device,I still have several of the older ones stored away myself and they are handy for nights out and for the likes of going camping or to concerts. In typical Nokia style we see no real information on availability worldwide but we will watch out for news on this in the coming weeks.. These devices are though in fairness nice to look at and bring back some nostalgia and generally are robust.. Will you pick one up???

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Written by Jim O Brien/CEO

CEO in the transport industry, mobile tech fan 20 years, mobile consultant, Nokia/Microsoft VIP, HTC Specialist, Multiple forum supporter with worldwide top rankings, I also work in the background in the mobile technology sector, weekly radio show, Featured on the RTE consumer show and Cavan TV. Technology reviewer and blogger.Part time actor and security professional and brutally honest when it comes to opinions.