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Nokia Announces Its Cheapest Data-enabled Phone for €29

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Nokia's got two phones under €50 at MWC this year.

Nokia today made a splash with the introduction of three new Android-based devices but the company also introduced a new Asha device and an ultra cheap new smartphone that doesn't fall under Nokia's Lumia, Asha or X branding. These are both super affordable phones at price points that cost less than a lot of people pay for their broadband service each month.

 

First up is the Nokia Asha 230, which is a dinky little device with a 2.8-inch display (30 x 240, 142 ppi) and a 1.3-megapixel camera. This phone can go all month, literally. Though it’s battery is relatively small (just 1020 mAh), the phone isn’t extremely bulky in terms of features or specs. As a result, it’s not too heavy on power consumption. Nokia promises 33 days of standby or 42 hours of music playback time. That changes a bit when you look at talk time; Nokia says you can expect 11 hours of talk time on 2G. There’s also WiFi, Bluetooth 3.0, Java games, 7 GB of OneDrive storage and optional dual-SIM support. It runs on Nokia’s Asha 1.1.1. The Asha 230 is going to cost you €49 and is available immediately in Asia-Pacific, Europe, India, Latin America, the Middle East and Africa. No word on US launch just yet but we'll try and get more information on that as soon as possible.

 

Next up is the Nokia 220, which isn't an Asha device and carries no branding other than the Nokia name. It's Nokia's cheapest data-enabled phone to date. That's right, if you thought it couldn't get cheaper than €49, you've got another think coming. The Nokia 220 costs just €29 outright and boasts a 2.4-inch QVGA 320 x 240 166 ppi display, a hardware keyboard, a 2-megapixel camera, Bluetooth 3.0, a 1100 MHz battery (29 days standby, 15 hours of talk time on 2G), optional dual-SIM support, and storage expandable to 32 GB via MicroSD. Nokia didn’t offer any information on integrated storage for either the Asha 230 or the Nokia 220, but we’re going to try and find that out. Similar to the Asha 230, the 220 is already available in Asia-Pacific, Europe, India, Latin America, the Middle East and Africa.

Stay tuned for hands on!

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    outlw6669 , February 24, 2014 2:48 AM
    30x240 screens and 1100MHz Battery :lol: 
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    rwinches , February 24, 2014 2:26 AM
    Wow, competing in the bottom market with LG and many others doesn't seem like the move they should be making, but maybe they see this world market as having big potential?
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    outlw6669 , February 24, 2014 2:48 AM
    30x240 screens and 1100MHz Battery :lol: 
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    grebgonebad , February 24, 2014 3:19 AM
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    30x240 screens and 1100MHz Battery :lol: 
    1100mhz battery? That's a fast battery! =P
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    Bloob , February 24, 2014 3:51 AM
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    30x240 screens and 1100MHz Battery :lol: 
    1100mhz battery? That's a fast battery! =P
    Maybe it's some kind of high speed AC ;) 
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    Kingpin007 , February 24, 2014 4:34 AM
    Mhz Battery? HAHAHA
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    grebgonebad , February 24, 2014 5:37 AM
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    30x240 screens and 1100MHz Battery :lol: 
    1100mhz battery? That's a fast battery! =P
    Maybe it's some kind of high speed AC ;) 

    It could be that, or its the next generation of SoC's. :-) CPU, GPU and battery all in one!
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    Ghoul , February 24, 2014 5:40 AM
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    30x240 screens and 1100MHz Battery :lol: 
    1100mhz battery? That's a fast battery! =P
    Maybe it's some kind of high speed AC ;) 
    It's Jane McEntegart, what can you expect?
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    belardo , February 24, 2014 8:18 AM
    Lots o errors today.
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    grebgonebad , February 24, 2014 8:21 AM
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    Lots o errors today.


    I d0nt know what you mean...
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    vaughn2k , February 24, 2014 4:33 PM
    Jane was very excited on the MWC, an haven't had any breaks yet, so... it figures.. you're forgiven by the way.. ;) 
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    quangluu96 , February 24, 2014 5:11 PM
    I didn't know battery can be overclocked.
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    bmdc , February 24, 2014 5:52 PM
    1100 MHz battery? Wat.
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    WebsWalker , February 24, 2014 7:58 PM
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    I didn't know battery can be overclocked.
    nothing about overclocking yet, just about frequency... Ahahah! Maybe it's the frequency of the Li-Ion chemical reaction providing electrons faster? I would troll I could say "this is the I-battery, and this is a revolution!"But I won't start a fight here ^^
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    boytitan2 , February 24, 2014 8:29 PM
    My LG optimus v which is like 4 years old and is being used as a remote runs circles around these phones...