Launching a refreshed version of the very popular Nokia 105 feature phone, which was launched in 2013, Microsoft on Wednesday unveiled the Nokia 105 (2015) and Nokia 105 (2015) Dual SIM. The handset (and its dual-SIM variant) comes with several minor upgrades over its predecessor. Priced at $20 (roughly Rs. 1,300) before taxes and subsidies, the device will reach only select markets in single and dual-SIM versions.
The Nokia 105 (2015) runs on Series 30+ up from its previous version's Series 30 and comes the same 1.4-inch (128x128 pixel) LCD display as well as the same alphanumeric keyboard but in a slimmer candybar form factor. It bears the same capacity 800mAh battery, rated to deliver up to 15 hours of talk time and up to 35 days of standby time.
The feature phone, besides being available in an extra colour variant of White, can now store up to 2000 contacts and comes preinstalled with games like Snake Xenzia and Bubble Bash 2. "With an extended phonebook capacity, the new Nokia 105 can store up to 2,000 contacts. No matter how many people and companies you connect with, you'll always have space to save their contact details and make new connections!," said the Lumia Conversations blog post.
FM radio and torch applications are also included. Measuring 108.5x45.5x14.1mm, the Nokia 105 (2015) is slightly taller, broader and slimmer than its predecessor, which measures 107x44.8x14.3mm. A more rounded design of the feature phone is also easy to hold. Dual-SIM variant of the new Nokia 105 weighs 69.6 grams, while the single-SIM variant weighs 69.8 grams. Notably, the handset supports regular SIM cards.
To give users a rough idea of what price the new Nokia 105 (2015) can be expected to launch in India, the original Nokia 105 was launched at Rs. 1,299.
In January, Microsoft announced another feature phone - the Nokia 215 and Nokia 215 Dual-SIM at just $29 (roughly Rs. 1,838). The feature phones however, supported more functions than the Nokia 105 (2015) like a 2.4-inch QVGA (240x320 pixels) LCD display, expandable storage via microSD card (up to 32GB), 1100mAh removable battery, and 0.3-megapixel fixed-focus rear camera.