Microsoft unveiled a new phone this morning called the Nokia 216. It has a 2.4" screen, front and rear facing cameras, an FM radio, up tto 18 hours of talk time, and up to 47 hours of music playback.
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It is surprising because no one knew that Microsoft was unveiling a new phone at all. The company announced in May that it was going to sell its entry-level phone business for #350 million and wash their hands of phones for a short time.
The buyers are FIH Mobile Ltd., a subsidiary of Hon Hai/Foxconn Technology Group, and a new company called HMD Global, led by former Nokia and Microsoft mobile executives. HMD secured the exclusive license to use the Nokia brand on mobile phones and tablets, which will run on Android.
But why did Microsoft choose to unveil a new phone now, when Apple, Samsung, and even Google are releasing new phones?
“Until the closing of the transaction, Microsoft continues to run the feature phone business,” a Microsoft representative says in a statement.
According to The Verge, the new Nokia 216 will be available in India next month for around $37.