Microsoft just unveiled the world's most affordable phone with video and music player, the Nokia 130.
Priced at just €19 (estimated S$40 based on currency rates at press time) before taxes and subsidies, the Nokia 130 is positioned as the perfect device for first time phone buyers. It comes with a 1.8-inch QQVGA (160 x 120 pixels) color display, a built-in video and music player with up to 46 hours continuous playback on a single charge, FM radio and a flashlight.
The Nokia 130 runs on Series 30+ mobile platform and sports a microSD memory card slot which supports memory cards up to 32GB. This allows you to store up to 6,000 songs for almost two days of playback! Its 1,020mAh battery is also said to provide up to 36 days' standby for the single-SIM variant and 26 days' standby for the dual-SIM model.
Due to its ultra-affordable price tag, the Nokia 130 lacks an Internet connection. As it is clearly targeted at emerging markets, the lack of an Internet connection is not a potential deal breaker. According to Strategy Analytics, there is a huge market demand for such phones; 300 million phones from this category are sold every year.
Microsoft is expected to start shipping the Nokia 130 in Q3 2014. It will be available in select markets such as China, Egypt, India, Indonesia, Kenya, Nigeria, Pakistan, the Philippines and Vietnam.