Nokia announces the super affordable, super basic Nokia 207 and Nokia 208 feature phones

Nokia 208Nokia has announced a pair of new phones, but if you’re expecting them to be up with the Lumia 925 then prepare for a disappointment, as they’re not even close. Instead, we’ve been introduced to the Nokia 207 and Nokia 208, both of which are good old-fashioned feature phones, with alphanumeric keypads and little tiny screens.

It’s the Nokia 208 which is the more feature-packed of the two. Well, we say feature-packed, but what we really mean is that it has a 1.3-megapixel camera, while the Nokia 207 doesn’t have a camera at all. The camera isn’t bad either, as it has Nokia’s voice-guidance for taking selfies without a forward-facing lens, plus a burst and panorama mode.

Both phones have a 2.4-inch display with a 320 x 240 pixel resolution, and run Nokia’s Series 40 software, so there are various pre-installed apps including Facebook and Twitter, YouTube, WhatsApp and Nokia’s Xpress web browser. Both the Nokia 207 and 208 have 3G HSDPA connectivity, Bluetooth 3.0, a microSD card slot, and a headphone port. The battery should return 500 hours of 3G standby time, and nearly five hours of 3G talktime.

Nokia says both phones are scratch-proof and easy to clean, making them suitable for more challenging environments, while each will be sold in several color options, such as red, yellow, black, and cyan. The Nokia 208 will also be produced as a dual-SIM model. The price of these little bundles of joy? Despite the slight difference in specification, both will cost $68 when they go on sale just after the summer.

If you’re looking for a technically superior smartphone from Nokia, then you may want to pay attention on July 11, when it’s expected to announce the PureView camera-equipped Lumia 1020.

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