There’s affordable, and then there’s ultra-affordable. Microsoft’s newest smartphone is definitely one of the latter at a ridiculous $37. Known as the Nokia 222, Microsoft claims this smartphone is “designed to connect more people to the Internet and allow them to capture and share their world in new ways.” Basically, the company wants to make Internet-connected mobile devices accessible to everyone, even people with very little money.
Nokia doesn’t make its own devices these days, after selling that part of its business to Microsoft last year – but Microsoft continues to offer ultra-low-cost handsets under the Finnish company’s brand name. The latest such example has been announced today: the Nokia 222, which Microsoft says is “designed to connect more people to the Internet and allow them to capture and share their world in new ways.” Like the new Nokia 105 that Microsoft launched in June, the 222 is a basic ‘feature phone’ that also offers some experiences available on smart devices, such as web browsing (over low-speed 2.5G connections), Skype, Facebook, Twitter and Messenger. The device has a 2.4-inch QVGA (320x240px) display, and a 2-megapixel rear camera. There’s also a built-in FM radio and MP3 player, along with microSD card support up to 32GB – Microsoft promises up to 45 hours of FM radio playback, and 50 hours of MP3 playback.