Nokia has announced a new feature phone at an event in Moscow, which it is pitting as a companion secondary phone to a smartphone. The Nokia 515 features a slim aluminum chassis with a 2.4-inch QVGA display protected by Gorilla Glass 2. It will be available in single-SIM and dual-SIM variants, when it is launched globally in September for $149. Also Read - Redmi Note 10T 5G in photos: A decent affordable 5G package
The 515 comes with an alphanumeric keypad, a 5-megapixel camera with flash, 256MB of RAM with a microSD card slot and boasts a battery that can last for up to 10.4 hours of talktime (5.3 hours on 3G) or 38 days of standby time. Nokia has also included many photo editing tools including best shot and panorama mode and comes with a self-portrait mode that gives voice prompts when the user’s face is in the center when clicking selfies with the rear camera. Also Read - Amazon Prime Day sale: Best deals on headphones, speakers, powerbanks under Rs 1000
Nokia claims that the feature phone market isn’t dead and half of all phones sold globally are still feature phones. “There is room in the market for a range of feature phone models,” said Simon Baker, Program Manager, Mobile Handsets CEMA at IDC. “Nokia is one of the few handset manufacturers continuing to pursue the area: one of its latest offerings, the new Nokia 515 offers a stylish and robust exterior and features fast connectivity, high quality imaging and access to popular applications. It’s a great example of a phone which will serve an audience which does not always need the complexity that a smartphone may bring, or which may prefer to do its browsing and emailing on a larger tablet device and will retain a handy mobile phone for straightforward calls and for texting.” Also Read - Top smartphone deals on Amazon Prime Day sale: Mi 11X, iPhone 11 and more
On its part, Nokia is providing tools to enable users to transfer data from an Android or Windows Phone smartphone easily to project the Nokia 515 as a secondary phone, beyond the user’s primary smartphone. It also uses a micro-SIM, which has become the default SIM card format for smartphones, that will ensure users can easily swap their SIM card in case their smartphone’s battery runs out of juice.
While the concept sounds good, a price tag of $149 or approximately Rs 10,000 at current exchange rates, we have our doubts whether consumers will bite the bait.