Finnish phone-maker, Nokia, recently revealed a new ultra low end cellphone that brings internet to feature phone users. Nokia 109 would become the face of the company in the market it has once dominated. However, it is a sign that it is trying to drift away a bit from the smartphone competition where it hasn’t gained momentum in its sales despite partnering with Microsoft.
Nokia 109’s success is important to the company. Majority of the manufacturers are now trying to claim their piece of the pie in the smartphone market releasing affordable devices with considerably decent specs. As the number of smartphones grows, feature phones deplete. This is the reason why Nokia has to release a very affordable handset that would feature internet above all else.
The thing is, Nokia doesn’t need to put impressive specs in this device to impress people who want to use their cellphones for calls and texts only. But because technology has evolved considerably ever since the company released the worldwide hit Nokia 3310, it needs to equip Nokia 109 with decent specs and features to make it look better in its lowliness.
Nokia 109 Specifications
2G Network: GSM 900 / 1800, GSM 850 / 1900
Messaging: SMS(threaded view), MMS, Email, IM
Browser: WAP 2.0/xHTML
Radio: Stereo FM radio with RDS, FM recording
Colors: Black, Cyan
Display Type: TFT, 56K colors
Display Size: 128 x 160 pixels, 1.8 inches (~114 ppi pixel density)
Card slot: microSD, up to 32 GB
Phonebook: 1000 entries
Call records: Yes
Internal: 16 MB
Alert types: Vibration; Polyphonic
3.5mm jack: Yes
EDGE: Up to 236.8 kbps
Battery: Standard Li-Ion 800 mAh (BL-5CB)
Stand-by: Up to 790 h
Talk time: Up to 7 h 40 min
Music play: Up to 21 h 30 min
Nokia 109 will make its debut in China then the Europe and the rest of the globe. It will bear a price tag of $42 with no ties and contracts. Nokia’s feature phones have always been good and considering the company’s technology growth in the past decade, it is no doubt this handset will become a success in the market it is built to target. That said, there could be many of these devices to be revealed in the following months.