Ever since it acquired Nokia’s Devices and Services division, Microsoft has been focusing on putting out low-cost Windows Phone hardware focused on emerging markets around the globe. Today Microsoft’s low-cost push continues with a new device that’s one of the most affordable that we’ve seen out of the Redmond firm to date.
The new Nokia 105 is the follow-up to the device of the same name that was introduced in February 2013. The 105 is a feature phone with a candy bar form factor and a battery that’ll get you up to 15 hours of talk time, up from the 12.5 hours offered by the previous Nokia 105. When it comes to standby time, Microsoft says that the new Nokia 105 will last for up to 35 days on a single charge.
Other updates included with this new Nokia 105 are a larger phonebook capacity for up to 2,000 contacts and a more rounded body. The device also includes a 1.45-inch color LCD screen, FM radio, flashlight, and games like Snake Xenzia and Bubble Bash 2.
The Nokia 105 will launch in “select markets” around the globe starting in June for $20. It’ll be available in both single SIM and dual SIM variants.
While the Nokia 105 may not be the sexiest phone ever, it’s got a long battery life, durable body, and other features that are important to consumers in emerging markets. Nokia was known for releasing these types of devices before the Microsoft acquisition, and it’s good to see Microsoft continue that tradition. They even kept the “Nokia” name on the phone since it’s one that many consumers likely associate with these types of durable and affordable phones.