The Nokia 301 and Nokia 105 were announced as part of the quartet of devices from Nokia during the Mobile World Congress 2013 (MWC2013). The 301 and 105 represent the two feature phones alongside the announcement of the two smartphones from the Lumia windows phone range, the Lumia 520 and Lumia 720. Read more about the 520 here and 720 here.
The Nokia 301 arrives in the same luxurious build we now recognise from the Nokia Lumia range of smartphones and in addition, the features phones will be available in a range of colours to match the Lumia devices.
A 3.2 megapixel camera brings more of the Lumia ideas to the new feature phone with a sequence mode, self-timer, Panorama, Photo-editing, Nokia Slam and voice guidance for self-portraits taken with the front camera.
The 301 is available as a single SIM device or as a DUAL-SIM device. The 301 has built-in memory and facility to add to the memory via a microSD memory card. The 301 makes use of the Nokia Xpress browser by compressing up to 90% of your data to provide speed loading of web pages whilst browsing or streaming videos via YouTube.
The 301 may be small in size at just 114 x 50 x 12.5 and light in weight at 102g but it is certainly not lacking when it comes down to the features it offers and in particular a battery life quoted as 37/39 days on single SIM devices and 31/34 days on dual-SIM devices.
This is one device that I want to get my hands on and the dual SIM will be my preferred purchase option. We are not yet sure whether the 301 will come to all regions but I am hoping that it will head towards Europe in addition to the India, Asia and other regions.
In addition to the Nokia 301, Nokia announced the Nokia 105 (pictured above on the right, beside the 301 shown on the left and the Nokia external battery charger. The 105 brings one of the cheapest featured phones to market at €15 before taxes. The 105 features a dust and splash proof keyboard alongside a 1.4-inch display and weighs-in at 70g.
The 105 is available in a choice of two colours, Cyan and Black. The Nokia 105 features one of the most extensive battery’s with a standby time of 35 days.
The 105 arrives with Nokia Life providing you with information on healthcare and education. Nokia Life is available in India, Indonesia, China and Nigeria. The 105 also has an alarm, flash-light and FM radio.
The 105 will be available in the following regions: Middle East, Russia, India, Vietnam, Zimbabwe and Africa. Check with your local region for available news.