In addition to a low-priced phone for Asia and Africa, the lineup includes handsets that target younger customers with social features.
Nokia took the wraps off four cell phones today at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, Spain, that run the gamut of entry-level handsets to high-end Windows 8 devices.
There's no camera, no volume rocker, and the only buttons on this handset are on the central, rubbery alphanumeric dialpad. Since the screen requires such little power, the 800mAh battery lasts for more than 12.5 hours on talk time, Nokia says, and will power through 35 days on standby without a charge.
Nokia is targeting the younger crowd with the
Nokia promises that battery life is long-lasting: a single-SIM 301 gives up to 20 hours of talk time, Nokia says, and up to 39 days of standby time. The 301 will go on sale in the second quarter for 65 euros, or about $85, and will come in white, black, cyan, bright yellow, and magenta.
It boasts a 1,430mAh battery, 8GB of storage, and support for 64GB in expandable memory. It will be available in the U.S. through T-Mobile in late spring or early summer.
At the high end of Nokia's new lineup, the Windows Phone 8
There's also a 1.3-megapixel camera that supports Skype HD and a wide-angle lens for fitting more faces into portraits. The unibody design features a microSD card slot, allowing storage expansion up to 64GB. Intended for markets in Asia and parts of Europe, the 720 will go on sale in the second quarter for 249 euros at full retail price, or about $340.