Nokia 108: ultra-affordable camera phone
Following on from the success of the Nokia 105, the Nokia 108 brings an abundance of features, including a VGA camera, at a low price point that is affordable to millions of people worldwide who are ready to buy their first camera phone, retailing for only USD $29.
“We continue to connect millions of people, including those for whom mobile phone ownership was previously out of reach,” said Timo Toikkanen, executive vice president, Mobile Phones, Nokia.
“There remains a huge segment of the global population that has yet to own a camera phone. For the next billion people and beyond, we aim to bring new mobile experiences to ever-lower price points, and the Nokia 108 and Nokia 108 Dual SIM are great examples of this commitment.”
Nokia 108 (Single SIM variant)
System: 2G – GSM 900/1800
Size and weight: 110.4 x 47 x 13.5 mm; 70.2g
Display: 1.8” 65k colour TFT display
Memory: Support for up to 32GB microSD card
Connectivity: 2.0 mm charger connector, Bluetooth 3.0 with SLAM, 3.5 mm AV connector
FM radio: Yes (headset required)
Battery life: up to 31 days standby; up to 13.8 hrs talk time; up to 45 hrs music playback time
Considering the low cost of the Nokia 108, it’s also ideal for people who require an additional phone, either as a backup, or just as a companion in a situation when you don’t want to use a smartphone. For example, while on a night out, playing sports, on vacation, or when you just want to disconnect from the online world for a while.
The Nokia 108 comes with a VGA camera, which is supported by a microSD card (sold separately) that’s capable of capturing photos and video.
With the inclusion of Nokia’s Slamtechnology, you can share those photos and videos, as well as other content, quickly and easily between devices using Bluetooth. Just opt to share via Slam on your phone, pair the devices and off it goes to the recipient, where they’ll simply need to accept. Slam is compatible with most Bluetooth-enabled phones, including Android and Windows Phone 8.
Equipped with 1.8-inch colour screen, FM radio, MP3 player, and support for up to a 32GB microSD card, the Nokia 108 is a perfect low-cost entertainment phone.
In terms of battery life, you can expect to see a standby time of up to 31 days for the single SIM version and up to 25 days’ standby for the dual SIM variant. Both have a talk time of up to 13.8 hours. Additionally, for music fans, the Nokia 108 has a music playback time of 40.8 hours.
Design-wise, the Nokia 108 has a classic candybar design, with softly rounded corners and raised island keys.
Crafted with typical Nokia design values, the Nokia 108 is distinctively Nokia. Even at this price-point, you can feel the craftsmanship and quality that Nokia is known for.
The Nokia 108 Dual SIM is almost identical to the single SIM version, except it features a second SIM card slot under the battery. The dual SIM model is perfect for people with both a work and a personal number who don’t want the added bulk that comes with carrying two phones.
The Nokia 108 is initially available in Nokia’s signature red, black or white, with yellow and cyan coming at a later date.
The Nokia 108 will begin shipping in the fourth quarter of 2013. Before any local taxes or operator subsidies, it will be priced at around USD $29.