Two Nokia feature phones to hit Kenya market in November, cost Kshs 3,400


Microsoft has announced that the Nokia 216 and Nokia 216 Dual SIM, two new feature phones, will be available in Kenya from November 2016, and retail from Kshs 3,400 (US$ 34).

Featuring two cameras with LED flash, the internet-enabled Nokia 216 and Nokia 216 Dual SIM are great feature phones for capturing and sharing special moments. One can find apps and games in the Opera Mobile Store, and download one free Gameloft game every month for a year, while enjoying popular titles like GT Racing and Little Big City.

For entertainment and music, the Nokia 216 and Nokia 216 Dual SIM come with an FM Radio, MP3 and video player, and Bluetooth audio support for headsets. The phones can store up to 2,000 contacts, and have a memory card support of up to 32GB. The rear camera LED flash doubles as a built-in torchlight to light up situations where you need it most.

Available in black, grey, and blue, the Nokia 216 and Nokia 216 Dual SIM, the phones have a crafted polycarbonate shell that is built to last, and longer battery life.

Joseph Umunakwe, Microsoft Mobile Devices Leader – West and East Africa said: “Microsoft’s feature phones are a range of trusted mobile devices that empower people with mobility and the ability to connect, discover and achieve more. They are long lasting, functional, and beautifully designed – and give you more for less. Nokia 216 and Nokia 216 Dual SIM are our newest addition to the Microsoft feature phone family that offer the affordable connectivity features people need, combined with the entertainment features they want.”

Tech specs summary:

Device Nokia 216 and Nokia 216 Dual SIM
Operating system Nokia Series 30+
Display 2,4” QVGA (240*320)
Battery BL-5C ,1020 mAh
Talk time & Standby time Talk time: up to 18 hours
Standby time: up to 24 days for Single SIM, and up to 19 days for Dual SIM
Camera Main camera: VGA with LED flash
Front camera: VGA with LED flash
Connectivity 900/1800 MHz, micro USB, 3.5mm AV connector, Bluetooth 3.0 with SLAM and HSP/HFP profile
Memory MicroSD card support up to 32GB
Dimensions 118.0×50.02×13.5mm

83.0g (including battery)

In May, Microsoft reached an agreement to sell its entry-level feature phone assets to FIH Mobile, a subsidiary of Hon Hai/Foxconn Technology Group, and HMD Global Oy. The transaction is expected to close in the second half of 2016. However, until the closing of the transaction, Microsoft continues to run the feature phone business.