Nokia announced four phones at Mobile World Congress, two additions to the Lumia range and two features phones. The Nokia 105 boasts a €15 price tag and one-month battery and the Nokia 301 offers smartphone features, but with a feature phone price of €65, which is approximately £56.
With a T9 keyboard, candybar shape and four-way controller, the Nokia 301 is instantly recognisable as a Nokia handset, But what separates it from previous Nokia phones is its colour, in common with the Lumia Windows Phone range, it comes in cyan, magenta, white and yellow, along with black. The colour is baked in, which means it the phone should be less prone to scratches.
On the back there’s a 3.2-megapixel camera, the resolution might seem low, but it’s expected at this price point. Nokia’s included a panorama mode – the first time such a feature has been seen on a smartphone. We had a demonstration of the feature and it’s very impressive, stitching in the phone within seconds, check out the video below to find out more.
The screen is just 2.4-inches and has a resolution of 160×120, which is pretty low, but it still looks the fairly clear and will be fine for day to day tasks.
A disappointing omission is WiFi, although undoubtedly this would have pushed the price up, although the phone does support 3.5G, which means the Nokia 301 will be faster than the majority of feature phones.
Another interesting features is HD Voice, which means much clearer call quality, with a reduction in background noise and is currently supported in the UK by Orange.
We’re really impressed with the Nokia 301, it looks fantastic and boasts a really impressive feature set. We’ll bring you a full review as soon as possible.