By Olubunmi Adeniyi
Lagos. February 28, 2013: Nokia has unveiled a mobile phone priced at the equivalent of N2, 700 that can last for 35 days on a single charge.
Nokia unveiled the device this week at the ongoing Mobile World Congress 2013 event in Barcelona, Spain.
The new handset called Nokia 105 is a basic text-and-call phone aimed at mobile markets in the developing world where electricity is scarce or unreliable, but could also be sold as a back-up phone.
Nokia discloses at the event that the phone will go on sale within weeks, adding it comes with a colour screen, built-in torch and an FM radio.
The Finnish mobile phone company spokesperson Pekka Haverinen notes that “the phone was created to offer the essential phone calls and SMS but also some desirable extras.”
According to him, “Nokia’s experience in optimising phone quality, combined with its global footprint and economies of scale, is a major contributor to being able to work to such a low price.”
In addition, the company used the opportunity of Mobile World Congress to launch three other low-cost devices, including a £120 smartphone, the Lumia 520.
The 105 has a 1.4-inch 128 x 128 resolution display, measures 107 x 44.8 x 14.3mm and weighs just 70 grams. It does not have a camera, storage is limited to 8MB and RAM is a mere 384KB. Users are assured of getting 35 days of standby time out of an 800mAh battery, 12.5 hours talk time, and a flashlight, the company says.