Nokia 230 goes official: a dirt cheap new phone that seems to come from the past

Microsoft has just taken the wraps off two new basic phones: the Nokia 230 and its dual-SIM counterpart.

The two are not smartphones - they are basic devices with a keyboard running on the once very popular Series 30+ platform. If you are feeling nostalgic about physical keys, or just want a dirt cheap phone that your elders can easily deal with, the Nokia 230 is just that.

It brings a metal body (at least the back cover is made out of metal), it carries the familiar Nokia brand (despite being officially released by Microsoft), and it's got all the makings of a phone of the not so distant past.

Here is a quick look at its most important specs 

Platform: Series 30+
Screen: 2.8" with a resolution of 240 x 320
Cameras: 2MP rear, 2MP selfie cam

Despite these quite humble specs, the phone comes pre-loaded with some essential apps: you have a browser in the form of Opera Mini, you have Bing Search, and then you have MSN Weather. The notable feature about this phone is that it comes with an LED flash for both the rear and the selfie cameras, which will be of help for better images in low light.

In terms of connectivity, you get dual-band 900MHz/1800MHz GSM support and Bluetooth 3.0, and the phone comes with an FM radio receiver, as well.

The Nokia 230 price is set at $55 (before taxes and subsidies) and it will go on sale in December 2015 in India, Asia, and the Middle East.

source: Microsoft



1. Wiencon

Posts: 2278; Member since: Aug 06, 2014

As a hipster I want this phone so bad

2. iusshpandeh

Posts: 250; Member since: Jul 23, 2014

2 MP Selfie Camera??? That's bigger than the biggest iPad Pro.

14. dickwyn

Posts: 621; Member since: May 07, 2012

there's also a front facing flash

3. kkmkk

Posts: 699; Member since: May 06, 2013

it would be nice as secondary phone for basic stuff especially because it is small & light wight with probably very long battery life

15. ibend

Posts: 6747; Member since: Sep 30, 2014

*long standby time... my secondary phone can last more than a week because i only use it for text and call (which is extremely rare by now :P ) and only need 40minute to fully charged (not because it have quickcharge, but because it only have 800mAh battery, lol)

4. dmakun

Posts: 382; Member since: Jun 06, 2011

Love the look just need to know what the battery size/battery life of this is before I pick some up for my folks. @iusshpandeh, LOL. Good one


Posts: 2817; Member since: Oct 03, 2012

Perfect phone for the Jungle!

6. walnuttt

Posts: 153; Member since: Apr 11, 2014

I love this phone. 2MP rear and front camera with both flash are really good. I just wonder if both flash can be used as a flashlight but I guess it isn't. Still a good phone to try.

7. Felix_Gatto

Posts: 942; Member since: Jul 03, 2013

This phone even looks more premium than the Lumia 950/XL.

16. elitewolverine

Posts: 5192; Member since: Oct 28, 2013

I would agree, however, we get backcovers to change that. So not to mad. It also means a flip cover is in the works, a good thing. I really really like this phone I know a handful of people that would want it right off the top of my head.

8. Spedez

Posts: 542; Member since: Aug 29, 2014

Better platform than WP.

26. arenanew

Posts: 286; Member since: Dec 30, 2013

better than crap android and ios lol android is most hang os ever made

9. XperiaFanZone

Posts: 2280; Member since: Sep 21, 2012

"... in India, Asia, and the Middle East." Lmao Americans and their knowledge of geography. India and the Middle East is in Asia!

12. asiansatan

Posts: 59; Member since: Sep 18, 2014

God, they forgot to entitle the article as "Dwarf / midget from Asia"! Oh, but they don't seem to know that India is in Asia.

23. sirius707

Posts: 1; Member since: Nov 25, 2015

Well, Egypt is a part of the middle east and most of it is in Africa.

10. combatmedic870

Posts: 986; Member since: Sep 02, 2015

This is what Nokia is good at. Back to the basics.

11. sergiobr

Posts: 718; Member since: Feb 25, 2013

Better than wp ? yes ! Now bring us 808 whatever

13. Ronnnie

Posts: 18; Member since: Nov 25, 2015

haha This is nicer looking than the new Lumia's. :P

17. raerae unregistered

I miss the old Nokia 3310, and today his grandchild is born, the Nokia 230.

18. qbyrd21 unregistered

I need one! will the band work in the US

19. akki20892

Posts: 3902; Member since: Feb 04, 2013

why don't they make with this design full screen smartphone. phone is so gorgeous.......missing Nokia smartphone so badly.......come back soon nokia!

20. kabhijeet.16

Posts: 894; Member since: Dec 05, 2012

Oh.. Please.. I got Blu win jre Lte for $45 from Amazon India. It's snapdragon 410 with 1GB RAM, 5mp camera & 4.5" touchscreen. How is this price of $55 for such a device justified?

21. Crispin_Gatieza

Posts: 3166; Member since: Jan 23, 2014

The Lumia 640 will be $40 at the Microsoft Store.

22. FrankUnderwood2

Posts: 243; Member since: Oct 01, 2015

Nokia just showed it to Microsoft how it is done properly. And, those MeeGo-ish icons though.. :-( :'(

24. MrElectrifyer

Posts: 3960; Member since: Oct 21, 2014

Devices to meet everyones budget, from the bottom to the top...bravo.

25. NorthernViking

Posts: 40; Member since: Mar 25, 2015

It will be confusing. MS still releasing Nokia brand phones, while the REAL NOKIA company will start to release phones again in 2016.

27. arenanew

Posts: 286; Member since: Dec 30, 2013

never nokia is no more

28. NorthernViking

Posts: 40; Member since: Mar 25, 2015

Then search for Nokia C1. Coming in 2016.

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