Exclusive: new Nokia R feature phone leaked, has a 2MP camera and runs on a refreshed Nokia OS

A reader of ours, who has chosen to stay anonymous, has just sent in a few snaps of a new Nokia feature phone, dubbed simply as the Nokia R. The 2.4-inch device has a typical Nokia look, though we're told that the software powering it, known as Nokia OS, has seen a refresh of sorts. Sadly, the source wasn't very talkative and didn't mention exactly what the update would entail.

Moving on, according to the specs-sheet image that we were asked to keep private, the Nokia R is expected to see the light of day sometime in April next year. True to its humble beginnings, the Nokia R's specs read like something taken from a decade ago – a 240x320 pixel resolution display with up to 65K colors, 16MB of RAM, FM and MP3 players, all of which powered by a 1100mAh cell. The handset is also fairly chubby at 116.4x50.3x13.25mm, though that's not untypical for its class. It's also worth pointing out that the Nokia R will apparently only offer 2G GSM connectivity, meaning relatively glacial speeds compared to what's available nowadays.

If anything, this serves to showcase just how much of a role Nokia's feature phone division has played in keeping the company afloat as it was hemorrhaging dollar bills in the smartphone market, and it would appear that it continues to do so. And while such devices may appear almost comical, it would be wise to remember that about half of the world still buys into them, and it'll be a long while until this changes.

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13. kaikuheadhunterz

Posts: 1157; Member since: Jul 18, 2013

About time they refreshed the OS. It has the same look for years already

9. alumoyo

Posts: 392; Member since: Aug 26, 2013

Way to flog that dead horse NOKIA! As much as these phones are great for the emerging markets, is it really worth all the R&D money and additional marketing money being spent to churn out new models? Already we have the 206, 207, 208 and the 301 servicing that market - those are decent handsets. We even have the 515 with its crazy pricetag. Haven't they filled every possible niche and configuration? Honestly all the logistics and different assembly lines, different packaging, different ads etc for so may models: doesn't it start to eat into margins at some point? And apparently profit margins in feature phones are already pretty low. Somebody please help me understand. Is it more a case of keeping the brand strong among Nokia loyalists while they build up their smartphone army or what? Coz I don't get it - I would have thought the 206, 207, 208, 301 and 515 had this market covered by now.

2. mittalmailbox

Posts: 52; Member since: Feb 14, 2012

feature phones have almost no future now. Nokia should concentrate only on WP devices

4. jedpatrickdatu

Posts: 169; Member since: Jan 24, 2013

Don't forget massive developing countries like India, who needs tonnes of these phones.

7. Sathishkumars

Posts: 3; Member since: Apr 19, 2013

India is now 2nd largest market for smartphone, feature phone n all very rarely selling here. Even i rarely see people buying fearurephones, but they look for mid range smart devices.

5. hkxm8

Posts: 64; Member since: Apr 08, 2012

"it would be wise to remember that about half of the world still buys into them,..."

8. dexter_jdr

Posts: 1163; Member since: Jun 28, 2012

people still buy this kind of phones in the philippines. they just want communication and long battery life. no apps.

11. mousesports

Posts: 286; Member since: Feb 28, 2013

Poor people will buy this phone ... in this world its a lot of poor peoples

12. tadaa

Posts: 267; Member since: Apr 18, 2013

you poor, poor man

1. hipnotika

Posts: 353; Member since: Mar 06, 2013

16MB of RAM wow it's like a rocket :D

3. itsdeepak4u2000

Posts: 3718; Member since: Nov 03, 2012

But but but the phone is actually looking cool. Excited to see the refreshed Nokia OS.

6. jameshoe unregistered

It isn't a phone or rocket, IT'S A BRICK!!!

10. pookiewood

Posts: 631; Member since: Mar 05, 2012

2 rockets in your pocket. ;)

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