Nokia has announced Nokia 1280 for emerging markets. Model 1280 is the latest upgrade of its predecessor Nokia 1202 but with low price. Nokia has especially made up this phone for rural and far flung areas of the emerging countries.
As you would expect, this is a fairly basic phone – but it come with a surprising number of useful features. There is an FM radio, a built in flashlight, MP3 grade ringtones and a built-in speakerphone. It’s a Series 30 handset with a very simple user interface that should be familiar to most longtime Nokia customers.
Nokia 1280 is highly dust resistant and scratch resistant with a robust keyboard. Battery works up to 22 days of standby time and 8.5 hours of talk time.
It is said that this phone may cost around Rs. 2,200 when it will ship in 2010.
It also has five separate phone books, which should make it simpler for people to share the device. In rural areas, sharing a phone is common norm so Nokia has helped them with giving away 5 phone books so that people can have separate phone directory.