Nokia Series 40 just got smarter, folks. The latest additions to the feature phone portfolio of the Finnish giant are bound to narrow the gap between smart and dumb phones. With a set of new features which were previously reserved for the segment of the premium phones, and a low price tag, the C2 trio of phones which starts with the dual-SIM, Touch and Type Nokia C2-03 is bound to make a serious splash in its target markets.
Now on with the specs. Nokia's creation has taken the dual-SIM functionality to a whole new level with the Easy Swap feature. It allows the user to quickly change SIM cards through a slot on the side of the phone with no need for a reboot. The phone can remember the settings of up to five different SIM cards.
Like we mentioned before, there is also a touch screen and a sliding numeric keyboard available on the device. The touch screen has 240x320 resolution and supports up to 65K colors.
There is a 2 megapixel camera on the back of the phone and 10MB of built in memory, which can be expanded to 32GB via microSD cards. The standby time of the phone is quoted at 400 hours, while the talk time is 5 hours. There is a radio and a music player on board too.
And now the major novelties to Series 40. The Nokia C2-03 has a brand new version of Nokia Maps preloaded. It allows users to search for locations while offline as well, saving them possible data charges from their operator. The latest Nokia Browser for Series 40 is also part of the phone's software. It compresses the data and provides a faster and more cost-efficient web browsing experience.
All this premium-ish functionality is tucked into a nicely looking, 118g package which costs a very affordable €77 before any taxes and subsidies. While the features may not sound like much, it is important to note that Nokia will target mainly the developing markets with the C2-03, where having an unlimited data plan and a smartphone to use it on is an expensive pleasure. Having a Nokia C2-03 will enable people to get a taste of premium phone services without the high price tag.
The Nokia C2-03 will have two additional flavors. For those who don't need the dual-SIM functionality, there will be the previously leaked Nokia C2-02. The phone looks the exact same but supports only one SIM card.
There is also the Nokia C2-06 with a range of bright colors available and, again, the same set of functions. This one, we have seen before as well.