Nokia C1 lights the way for cheap dual-SIM range

Nokia is lighting the way with the new C1, the first in a range of cheap dual-SIM handsets, complete with gobsmacking battery life -- and a torch!

If you ever wanted to own your own Magic Torch, Nokia is here to help with the new C1. The C1, first in a new C-range, is a dual-SIM phone that flicks between the two cards at the touch of a button, boasts an astonishing battery life and lights up your life with a built-in torch.

Nokia claims the C1's battery life is a jaw-dropping six weeks. Yes, we said weeks. Nokia reckons that's the longest life from a single charge it's ever developed. Coincidentally, it's exactly the same time Crave can last on a single portion of chips.

Nokia C1

As well as the flashlight, you get an FM radio for your €30 (£25).

The C1 is the first of a series of C-phones aimed at the developing world. The C1 has a torch and extended battery life for areas with little access to electricity, while the C2 has a bunch of pre-installed agricultural apps for €45 Euros (£37). We're guessing they're not talking about Farmville . The C2's two SIMs are hot-swappable, so you can whip one in and out even when the phone is on.

The C1 shines a light in the darkness from the third quarter of this year, and will be followed towards the end of the year by single-SIM versions, the C1-01 and C1-02. The C1-01 rocks Symbian S40, with an FM radio and VGA camera for €39 (£32). A cheaper version, the C1-02, will be €35 (£29). Both offer microSD slots and Web access.

Nokia is yet to confirm whether any of the C-phones will reach the UK -- let us know if this is something you would like to see in the comments.

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Rich Trenholm is a senior editor at CNET where he covers everything from phones to bionic implants. Based in London since 2007, he has travelled the world seeking out the latest and best consumer technology for your enjoyment.

 

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