In this smartphone world, it appears Nokia is showing more aggression in introducing low-cost feature phones for emerging markets. After announcing Asha 501 few months ago for US$ 99, Nokia has expanded its portfolio of entry-level mobile phones by launching Nokia 207, Nokia 208 & Nokia 208 Dual SIM in colourful designs. These handsets are available in red, cyan, yellow, white and black colours.
These phones feature alphanumeric keypad for speedy texts and messaging, and Mail for Exchange for staying on top of work email and calendar appointments. The Transfer app, available today in the Nokia Store, allows people to sync contacts directly from their smartphone and transforms the Nokia 207 and 208 into secondary or companion devices. The Nokia 208 Dual SIM has the added benefit of Nokia’s Easy Swap technology, allowing people to change SIM cards without turning off the device.
Both Nokia 207 and 208 support 3G network and coupled with the data compression available with Nokia Xpress Browser, the users can enjoy rich mobile experiences at lower cost. These experiences include top social apps such as WhatsApp, Facebook and Twitter, alongside video streaming through YouTube and Vuclip. For even greater versatility, people can use these phones as a portable modem, simply by connecting the device to their laptop via a USB cable for Internet sharing anywhere, anytime.
The smart camera features of the Nokia 208 make taking pictures more enjoyable, with voice-guided self-portrait, sequential shot and panorama mode giving people more playful imaging options. Sharing photos is a breeze with the Slam feature that allows people to share images with another Bluetooth-enabled device in just a few clicks.
These phones have outstanding battery life – up to 33 days of standby time for the 207 and 208, and up to 20 days of standby time for the 208 with Dual SIM.The Nokia 208 will be available in single SIM and Easy Swap Dual SIM variants. The Nokia 207 will be available as a single SIM option without a camera in Europe.The estimated retail price for these devices is 68 USD (52 Euros) and they are expected to start shipping during third quarter of 2013.
Nokia has not revealed its plans about launch of these phones in India and their estimated price. This will be announced at the time of the launch.