Microsoft has just recently unveiled one if its first new mobile phones since purchasing Nokia earlier this year and it’s the company’s cheapest handset yet. According to the company, the Nokia 130 is an ultra-affordable mobile phone specifically created for individuals in emerging markets where around 300 million phones from this category are purchased.
“As demand in the affordable mobile segment continues to grow, Microsoft remains committed to delivering market-leading mobile innovation at each and every price point,” said Jo Harlow, corporate vice president for Phones, Microsoft Corp. “It is estimated that at least 1 billion people in the world still do not have a mobile phone, while at the same time there is increasing demand for reliable backup phones in both mature and high-growth markets.”
The Nokia 130, which comes in single and dual SIM variants, features a simple 1.8-inch QQVGA color display and a 1020mAh battery which gives the 130 up to 36 days of stand by battery life (26 for the dual SIM variant). It also features a 3.5mm AV jack for the built-in video and MP3 music player, a flashlight, an FM radio, USB charging support, support for up to a 32GB microSD card, and Bluetooth 3.0 with SLAM.
“With handsets like the Nokia 130, we see tremendous potential to deliver the experience of a ‘mobile-first’ world to people seeking their first device, and we continue to invest in ultra-affordable devices that will introduce people to a ‘cloud-first’ world through Microsoft services such as Bing, Outlook.com and OneDrive,” Harlow also said.
The Nokia 130 and the Nokia 130 Dual SIM are both estimated to be priced at an insanely cheap price of around 19 Euros or $25 and is expected to start shipping sometime during the third quarter of 2014. Microsoft will be making the Nokia 130 available in select markets including China, Egypt, India, Indonesia, Kenya, Nigeria, Pakistan, the Philippines, and Vietnam.