Microsoft Revisits Ancient Times, Unveils the New Nokia 216

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New phones are slim, sleek, fast, and extremely powerful. However, with the constant constraint of an incredibly short battery life, they are anything but wireless as they remain constantly bound to the charger. Microsoft is reverting to the tried and true design of the ancient Nokias which feature an extremely long lasting battery, and an assurance that if you drop it, your floor will crack. The stats are hardly impressive with 16mb of RAM and a QVGA screen with a resolution of just (320 x 240). However, the primary focus is functionality in which will keep it running for thousands of years.


Granted, it is not the most spectacular phone. However, perhaps it is not such a foul idea as it will likely be an extremely cheap phone. Moreover, the phone will be more child-friendly as social media and other potentially dangerous websites will be harder to interact with, potentially giving children a chance to develop a sense of responsibility before entering the smartphone realm. However, Microsoft is making an active initiative to become more environmentally responsible by implementing a phone free of BFR, free of nickel on the product surface, and free of PVC, all considered to be potentially damaging. The packaging will also be made of renewable materials while remaining 100% recyclable. Furthermore, the materials will be 100% recoverable.

The rest of the stats are as follows:

Size & weight

  • Height: 118 mm
  • Width: 50.2 mm
  • Thickness1: 13.5 mm
  • Weight: 82.6 g
  • Weight without battery: 60.8 g
  • Volume: 71.7 cm3


  • Display size: 2.4 "
  • Display resolution: QVGA (320 x 240)
  • Display technology: LCD Transmissive
  • Display features: Low power mode
  • Pixel Density: 167 ppi


  • RAM: 16 MB
  • Maximum memory card size: 32 GB
  • Expandable memory card type: MicroSD
  • User data storage: Memory card


  • Replaceable battery: Yes
  • Battery capacity: 1020 mAh
  • Battery voltage: 3.7 V
  • Maximum standby time: Up to 24 days
  • Maximum talk time (2G): Up to 18 h
  • Maximum music playback time: Up to 47 h


  • Other user interface features: Glance screen, Vibrating alerts

Connectivity basics

  • SIM card type: Mini SIM
  • AV connectors: 3.5 mm stereo headset connector
  • Charging connectors: Micro-USB
  • System connectors: Micro-USB-B
  • USB: USB 1.1
  • Bluetooth: Bluetooth 3.0 + HS
  • Bluetooth profiles: Advanced Audio Distribution Profile (A2DP) 1.2,Hands-Free Profile (HFP)1.5,Headset Profile (HSP) 1.1,Object Push Profile (OPP) 1.1,Phone Book Access Profile (PBAP) 1.0

Cellular connectivity3

  • GSM network: 900 MHz, 1800 MHz
  • GSM max data speed DL: EGPRS 236.8 kbps
  • GSM max data speed UL: GPRS 85.6 kbps

Main camera

  • Main camera: 0.3 MP
  • Main camera features: Video recording
  • Main camera focus type: Fixed focus
  • Camera digital zoom: 2x
  • Flash type: LED flash

Front-facing camera

  • Front camera: VGA 0.3 MP
  • Front camera features: Selfie flash,Still image capture
  • Front camera video resolution: QVGA (320 x 240)

Video recording

  • Main camera video resolution: QVGA (320 x 240)
  • Camera video frame rate: 15 fps
  • Camera video zoom: 2x
  • Video recording features: Video zoom
  • Video recording formats: MP4/MPEG-4


  • Audio playback file formats: AAC,AMR,MIDI,MP3
  • Audio playback features: Loudness, Music Player, Playlists in Music player
  • Audio recording codecs: LPCM
  • Audio recording features: Stereo
  • Radio features4: Stereo FM radio

Video playback

  • Video playback frame rate (local): 25 fps
  • Video playback codecs: H.263,H.264/AVC,M-JPEG,MPEG-4
  • Video streaming: Real time video streaming (RTSP),YouTube browsing and video streaming
More information can be found on the Microsoft website.
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