Nokia brand returns as Microsoft launches Nokia 215 handset

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Nokia 215 is Microsoft’s “most affordable internet-ready phone” at just $29 and will roll out in Europe, the Middle-East, Asia and Africa

Microsoft has launched its first new device in 2015 and returned to the Nokia brand with the budget Nokia 215 handset.

Microsoft appeared to drop the Nokia logo with the launch of the Lumia 535 in November but the brand returns with 215, which Microsoft announced today (January 5).

The Nokia 215 will come in both single SIM and dual SIM models and has a 2.4 inch QVGA screen. The feature phone has an 1100 mAh battery, which Microsoft claims will give up to 20 hours talk time.

The phone runs on the Nokia Series 30+ operating systems and has space for a microSD card up to 32Gb. It weighs 78.7 grams and will be available in bright green, black and white.

“With our ultra-affordable mobile phones and digital services, we see an inspiring opportunity to connect the next billion people to the Internet for the first time,” said Microsoft Devices corporate vice president Jo Harlow. “The Nokia 215 is perfect for people looking for their first mobile device, or those wanting to upgrade to enjoy affordable digital and social media services, like Facebook and Messenger.”

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