Still unable to challenge the big kahunas of the smartphone market with its growing yet underwhelming Lumia line-up, Nokia continues to amaze in a smaller, far less glamorous niche of the mobile landscape. Namely, the low-end, low-cost feature phone sector.
And by “low-cost”, I don’t mean $100 with contracts. Not even $100 off-contracts. But rather 25-30 bucks sans pacts or any kind of strings attached. Not possible, you say? Then you must not be familiar with the 106 and 107 Dual SIM, introduced to the world last month.
Or the 108 and 108 Dual SIM, unveiled earlier today. These two are a tad pricier than the 106/107 duo, but at $29 (excluding taxes and subsidies), you’ll still feel like you’re stealing them from Nokia.
Essentially identical in every way, save for the single/dual SIM support and weight (the 108 tips the scales at 69.9 grams, whereas his dual SIM sibling weighs in at 70.2 g), the newly announced babies are a definite blast from the past, with more than modest “specs” that include 1.8-inch non-touch displays, 0.3 MP (aka VGA) cams, microSD card slots and FM radios.
But that’s not so bad for $29, is it? More so as the seemingly puny 950 mAh batteries are reportedly capable of running for 31 days in standby. That has to be some kind of a record, no? Even if it isn’t, I advise you to look for the 108 and 108 Dual in European and Asian stores later this year, when they’ll go on sale in red, white, black, yellow and cyan color schemes.