The new Nokia 222 is a $37 feature phone that can last through about an entire day of phone calls

The new Nokia 222 is a $37 feature phone that can last through about an entire day of phone calls
As Microsoft prepares to launch Windows 10 Mobile later this year, the company has just announced the Nokia 222, a new candybar feature phone aimed at value phone buyers.

The Nokia 222 will not impress anyone through its hardware specs, although its affordable price of just $37 doesn't really recommend it as anything but a backup device in developed markets or as an affordable communication device in emerging countries. The feature phone runs Nokia Series 30+ as the operating system and comes bundled with a few apps that make use of the 2.5G data connection, such as the Opera Mini browser, Facebook, or Twitter.

The Nokia 222 comes with a 2.4-inch display running at a resolution of 120 by 160 pixels. Under the hood, Microsoft fitted in an 1100mAh battery that is claimed to last through 20 hours of talk time and more than 20 days of idle standby. It's easy to see how the battery life of this handset is a major strong point for users who spend their days talking on the phone.

In the camera department, the Nokia 222 comes with a 2MP camera on the back. Photos taken at this resolution will certainly lack the details that most current-generation smartphone cameras can capture, but the camera could come in handy for capturing the occasional moment.

Other Nokia 222 specs include an FM radio, an MP3 player app, support for microSD cards of up to 32GB in size, as well as an LED flashlight. As a nice little hardware bonus, Microsoft will also sell the Nokia 222 in a dual-SIM variant. 

Both the single-SIM and the dual-SIM versions of the Nokia 222 will launch in September in various markets across the globe. As far as the color options go, the feature phone will be available in either black or white with matching keyboard colors.

After purchasing Nokia for $7.2 billion back in 2013, Microsoft has since stopped using Nokia's brand on new Windows-based smartphones. As far as feature phones go, however, Microsoft is still milking the Nokia branding, one that's associated with quality candybar phones in most emerging markets around the globe. 

What do you guys think of the Nokia 222? Will you be grabbing one as a secondary phone that can last through almost an entire day of phone calls?


source: Microsoft

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12 Comments

1. Wiencon

Posts: 2278; Member since: Aug 06, 2014

I don't know why but I really want it

3. aksa123

Posts: 366; Member since: Jan 30, 2014

Your sense of retroism has awakened.

2. allarickxander

Posts: 1; Member since: Aug 26, 2015

I want one

4. Shubham412302

Posts: 569; Member since: Nov 09, 2011

many people who use high-end phone often use cheap and long lasting phones like this

5. mawi2013

Posts: 67; Member since: Oct 18, 2014

Can we get a comparison vs Note 5? Not sure which is better.

6. Muche

Posts: 17; Member since: Aug 22, 2012

Nokia 225 is still better. bigger battery

7. kaikuheadhunterz

Posts: 1157; Member since: Jul 18, 2013

A whole day of calling isn't exactly impressive since a lot of smartphones can reach that target according to GSMArena's battery tests

8. Zylam

Posts: 1813; Member since: Oct 20, 2010

This article and pictures made me feel like it was 2005. Good times. Phones had class and character. Samsung and these Chinese brands blatant copying of the iPhone has ruined the fun of this industry. Should have been Nokia, Sony Ericsson, Motorola and Apple all leading the industry with unique phone Iines of their own.

10. redmd

Posts: 1925; Member since: Oct 26, 2011

Those were good times. Fast forward a decade later, we have Samsung at the forefront of innovation, and Chinese brands to bring the smartphone experience to many. If brands don't keep up, they will be left behind in memory lane.

9. itsdeepak4u2000

Posts: 3718; Member since: Nov 03, 2012

So cute.

11. lylee73

Posts: 84; Member since: Mar 18, 2015

I own a Nokia 110 and I don't usually use it a lot. It can last for a week or two- ah, the older days where you don't see people swiping and tapping! Plus, they're virtually indestructible. And another remarkable thing: the battery life is very good, that smartphones with the best battery life couldn't beat them (as a reference, my Nokia 110 last 2 weeks with light usage and a Lenovo P780 is estimated to lasts a week with light usage)! But oh well, you had to accept the fate that we're living a world where people without smartphones are considered left out.

12. corporateJP

Posts: 2458; Member since: Nov 28, 2009

Squeeze that lemon, Microsoft...see if you bafoons can get your 7 Billion's worth. On a side note, I'd buy a Lumia 630 over this. Costs less and does (barely) more. Might be one of the last, but it was actually made by the REAL Nokia.

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