Nokia 150 Latest News & Updates: Will The New Nokia Feature Phones Sell Better Than A Nokia Android Smartphone?

By Joe Marsalis , Updated Dec 16, 2016 06:07 PM EST
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It's official: after months of rumors surrounding Nokia's return to the mobile phone arena, the previously-dead phone brand, now under parent company HMD Global, will be releasing two new phones next year. Of course, the caveat is that these new Nokia phones of this age won't be the rumored Android flagship phones, but a new feature phone called the Nokia 150. The Nokia 150 will be coming in regular and dual-SIM versions.

The move to announce the Nokia 150 as the first brand-new Nokia phones is certainly baffling, considering that the exact reason the company went under is their failure to adapt to the changing environment. But perhaps there could be a smart business reason as to why a feature phone would be Nokia's first big move after some years? Does this mean that there isn't an Android Nokia phone in production?

It should be remembered that poorer markets in Asia, such as India, Pakistan, as well as Eastern Europe still have demand for basic feature phones. Gadgets 360 reports that a lot of "dumb" handset makers make a lot of business in those regions, where lower-end Android smartphones are starting to take over the market, but more people can still afford feature phones. If anything, the Nokia 150 won't dull any anticipation for a big Android flagship model from the company, but it may have been smarter to reveal a smartphone first. Especially if it's rumored to take on Samsung and Apple.

The Nokia 150 will have everything old-school Nokia fans miss about cell phones. The phone has an FM radio, MP3 player, Bluetooth 3.0, a LED light, a keypad, and most importantly, battery life that will last at least 25 days on standby. Also included is the popular Snake (albeit the modern incarnation), according to a report from Wired. It'll also go on sale for around $26 early in 2017.

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