Microsoft Unveils The Ancient Times Nokia 216


We all have had the frustrating situation where we are stuck somewhere in dire need of a connection but have a dead phone on our hands since we forgot to plug it in at night. Now no matter how fast, slim and sleek your phone is; it is essentially a brick if the battery is dead. In comes our long lost friend Nokia, with its functionality phone made for situations like these.

Microsoft has over the years struggled to make their phones compete in the market with the monopoly of Samsung and Apple. But it seems as now they have decided to revert to their tried and true design of the ancient Nokia in a bid to revitalise their business once again.

Pic Credits: Microsoft
Pic Credits: Microsoft

With 16mb of RAM and a QVGA screen with a resolution of just (320 x 240), the stats are hardly impressive when compared with the current phones in the market. But these phones can never compete with Nokia when it comes to durability and extremely long lasting battery, for which their phones are known for.

Okay, so it is not one of your flashy phones. But it does bring back the sweet old memories of good, dependable phones. And hey, it also features a 3.5mm head jack, so that’s a win for all the people who don’t want to trade their headphones for “Air Pods”. Also, it is most likely to be very cheap; thus it will be a good choice for a first phone to your child. It doesn’t have social media and other potentially distracting websites, so it will enable your child to develop a sense of responsibility while having the advantage of staying connected.

Microsoft has also announced that they are making this phone and all their other products more environmentally responsible by implementing a BFR free, PVC free and nickel free policy for their product’s surface. They also claim that the phone packaging will be made of renewable materials and will also be 100% recyclable and 100% recoverable.

Pic Credits: Microsoft
Pic Credits: Microsoft

The rest of the stats are as follows:

Size & weight

  • Height: 118 mm
  • Width: 50.2 mm
  • Thickness1: 13.5 mm
  • Weight: 82.6 g
  • Weight without battery: 60.8 g
  • Volume: 71.7 cm3


  • Display size: 2.4 “
  • Display resolution: QVGA (320 x 240)
  • Display technology: LCD Transmissive
  • Display features: Low power mode
  • Pixel Density: 167 ppi


  • RAM: 16 MB
  • Maximum memory card size: 32 GB
  • Expandable memory card type: MicroSD
  • User data storage: Memory card


  • Replaceable battery: Yes
  • Battery capacity: 1020 mAh
  • Battery voltage: 3.7 V
  • Maximum standby time: Up to 24 days
  • Maximum talk time (2G): Up to 18 h
  • Maximum music playback time: Up to 47 h


  • Other user interface features: Glance screen, Vibrating alerts

Connectivity basics

  • SIM card type: Mini SIM
  • AV connectors: 3.5 mm stereo headset connector
  • Charging connectors: Micro-USB
  • System connectors: Micro-USB-B
  • USB: USB 1.1
  • Bluetooth: Bluetooth 3.0 + HS
  • Bluetooth profiles: Advanced Audio Distribution Profile (A2DP) 1.2,Hands-Free Profile (HFP)1.5,Headset Profile (HSP) 1.1,Object Push Profile (OPP) 1.1,Phone Book Access Profile (PBAP) 1.0

Cellular connectivity3

  • GSM network: 900 MHz, 1800 MHz
  • GSM max data speed DL: EGPRS 236.8 kbps
  • GSM max data speed UL: GPRS 85.6 kbps

Main camera

  • Main camera: 0.3 MP
  • Main camera features: Video recording
  • Main camera focus type: Fixed focus
  • Camera digital zoom: 2x
  • Flash type: LED flash

Front-facing camera

  • Front camera: VGA 0.3 MP
  • Front camera features: Selfie flash,Still image capture
  • Front camera video resolution: QVGA (320 x 240)

Video recording

  • Main camera video resolution: QVGA (320 x 240)
  • Camera video frame rate: 15 fps
  • Camera video zoom: 2x
  • Video recording features: Video zoom
  • Video recording formats: MP4/MPEG-4


  • Audio playback file formats: AAC,AMR,MIDI,MP3
  • Audio playback features: Loudness, Music Player, Playlists in Music player
  • Audio recording codecs: LPCM
  • Audio recording features: Stereo
  • Radio features4: Stereo FM radio

Video playback

  • Video playback frame rate (local): 25 fps
  • Video playback codecs: H.263,H.264/AVC,M-JPEG,MPEG-4
  • Video streaming: Real time video streaming (RTSP),YouTube browsing and video streaming
More information can be found on the Microsoft website.

Would you consider buying this Nokia standard phone, or do you think they are too outdated to be relevant anymore? Let us know in the comments’ section below!

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