Meet the Nokia 216, possibly the last Microsoft-made Nokia phone

Meet the Nokia 216, possibly the last Microsoft-made Nokia phone
Microsoft has just unveiled what could be its last Nokia phone. The new Microsoft Nokia 216, which also comes in a 'Slim' edition, is not the phone that Nokia fans have been waiting for, and that's mostly because it's not even a smartphone. Instead, it's a feature phone (a dumbphone) that runs on the Series 30+ operating system.

A few months ago, Microsoft announced that it will be selling its Nokia feature phone division to FIH Mobile, a subdivision of Foxconn. But before the Foxconn subsidiary takes control over the Nokia branding for future dumbphones, Microsoft decided to take another shot at milking what turned out to be a very unproductive cash cow.

The Microsoft Nokia 216 isn't designed with the US customer in mind, mostly because the vast majority of phone users in the US have migrated towards smartphones even for their backup phones. Instead, the Nokia 216 is aimed at developing markets.

Dumbphone bashing aside, the Nokia 216 is actually a decent device if you don't care for apps and just want a phone with a long lasting battery.

In terms of specifications, the Nokia 216 comes with a 2.4-inch display running at a resolution of 320 by 240 pixels. The handset comes with 16MB of RAM (no, that's not a typo). Other specs include 0.3MP cameras on both the front and the side and a 1020mAh battery.

The Nokia 216 comes in three color options: white, black, and teal:

At the moment, the price has yet to be unveiled, but judging on the specs and Microsoft's previous Nokia dumbphones, the Nokia 216 should be affordable.

What do you guys think, isn't the Microsoft Nokia 216 an appropriate ending to the Nokia-Microsoft story?

source: Microsoft



1. HugoBarraCyanogenmod

Posts: 1412; Member since: Jul 06, 2014

I don't get why phonearena bash this device. You gonna give this a credit as even a dumbphone like this has headphones jack!

7. Settings

Posts: 2943; Member since: Jul 02, 2014

Not unless it is made by Samsung or Apple.

2. NarutoKage14

Posts: 1318; Member since: Aug 31, 2016

Nothing to do with this article but i just sent in a tip to the tipbox pertaining to an iPhone 7 vs Note 7 speed test. Hope you guys put up that article real quick like so we can all have a civilized debate/ of that will happen LOL

4. NoToFanboys

Posts: 3231; Member since: Oct 03, 2015

"civilized debate/ discussion" Android trolls: But iPhone 7 has the features of a 2012 Android phone. Apple trolls: But the iPhone 7 is the best phone ever because it launches apps a second or two faster.

6. NarutoKage14

Posts: 1318; Member since: Aug 31, 2016

Ha ha ha

3. Fona13A unregistered

Nobody buys a feature phone to expect WiFi usage or run Android. Don't be dumb, Mihai.

5. monoke

Posts: 1157; Member since: Mar 14, 2015

Ah. Takes me back to the days of the N82!

9. DoggyDangerous

Posts: 1028; Member since: Aug 28, 2015

Why don't they release N82 again as a feature phone?

10. Wiencon

Posts: 2278; Member since: Aug 06, 2014

Camera on that one was crazy

11. VJo003

Posts: 365; Member since: Mar 11, 2012

xenon flash - Dont know why that concept was not adopted by more phones :/

8. gdawilson

Posts: 299; Member since: Jul 21, 2014

I would love to get a bar phone (again) if it had decent spec's (battery, camera, OS)! I miss Nokia bar phones!


Posts: 652; Member since: Jun 28, 2014

What an insulting way to bury Nokia. That fruity blue color seems to be the cherry atop this slice of $#!t pie. What a flavor... The specs alone could make you choke. Its like Microsoft's way of pissing on the grave.

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