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Microsoft To Release £15 Mobile Phone

August 11, 2014

Microsoft has unveiled a dual-sim mobile phone which will cost less than 15.

It is a surprise addition to its Nokia range of phones, and will be available in three different colours.

There is no internet capability however, and users will have to rely on a USB connection, an SD card, or Bluetooth to load music and video onto the Nokia 130 device.

Unlike smartphones, the phone has a lengthy battery life up to 36 days on standby with 13 hours talk time.

Other basic features include a rear-mounted torchlight, and a 1.8-inch colour display.

Microsoft said that despite the low cost, it is likely to profit from the handset.

The device will be sold in countries including China, India, Pakistan and Vietnam, but there are no plans to release it in the UK.

Last month a touchscreen smartphone costing just 26 was launched by a firm called Karbonn.

So far, it has only been released in India but Britons can order the device online and have it delivered to the UK.

The phone runs on Android, the Google-owned operating system, and features Google Maps and Gmail.

The device has a 1.2 GHz dual-core processor and 256MB RAM, plus 512MB internal storage.

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Source: Sky News (UK)

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