Until the middle of the year Nokia and HMD will launch five new phone models under $250 in the US. That’s the company’s announcement at CES 2022 in Las Vegas. Not all will be smartphones though, one of the five will be a feature phone typical of 2007-2008.
This little device is called Nokia 2760. It adopts a clamshell design known and appreciated over 10 years ago. Unfortunately, we’ll have to settle for little information for now: it’ll release across the Atlantic in Q1 and run on KaiOS. This guarantees the minimum expected from Google services such as Maps. According to The Verge, its target audience is over 70s, and it only costs $79. On the side, an emergency call button lets you reach a contact of your choice and share their location. A small external screen allows you to read notifications instead.
For the other four announced models, Nokia and HMD appear to be focusing on the more classic entry-level model, albeit with prices ranging from $239 to $99. They are all expected in the second half of 2022.
At the bottom of the ladder there is C100 and C200, at $99 and $119 respectively. The C100 is what we now call compact, with its 5.45-inch screen and 3000mAh battery. It also has a small 8 megapixel camera. With a 6.1-inch display and a 4000 mAh battery, the C200 comes close to the minimum diagonal of most current smartphones. It goes without saying that at these prices we’d expect an LCD screen and 4G connectivity.
Increasing in price, we find that Nokia G100, a 4G smartphone with a 6.5-inch screen and a 5,000 mAh battery, all for $149. For this price you also get a fingerprint sensor in the power button.
The fifth and latest smartphone presented by Nokia is called G400. It costs $239 and could be a serious entry-level contender with good capabilities, but not too expensive given that it has a 5G chip, a 6.6-inch 120Hz screen, a 5000mAh battery and three Photomodules (48, 5 and 2 megapixels) for shooting wide-angle. Angular, ultra wide angle and macro shots. It adds the presence of 6GB of RAM and 128GB of internal storage.
At the moment there is no information about its arrival on the European market.