Nokia 515: a high-class handset that doesn't know it's a feature phone?

Nokia 515: a high-class handset that doesn't know it's a feature phone?Nokia has given its low-end lineup a tweak with the introduction of the Nokia 515, a non-Asha branded handset with premium features and design on top of a feature phone foundation.

It's an interesting prospect too, and arguably the best example yet of the notion that the gap between feature phone and smartphone doesn't really exist these days.

Most of that is down to Nokia's Series 40 platform, which is as old as the hills but continues to provide a flexible basis for ever-smarter features and services to be developed.

But the Nokia 515 marks arguably the first deliberately high end feature phone of a modern era that has decided feature phones can only be ultra-cheap, practical handsets for developing markets.

The 515, however, is described as “simply elegant”, and features an anodysed, sand-blasted aluminium chassis, Gorlla Glass 2 display, and polycarbonate keypad. Plus the whole thing is just 11mm thick (remember this is traditionally chunky feature phone territory we're talking about here).

It comes with a 2.4in QVGA display, a 5MP camera with LED flash, microSD card support and 3.5G HSDPA connectivity.

The camera comes with a bunch of added features, including voice-guided self portraits, 100-degree panoramas and sequential shots, while the data-frugal Nokia Xpress Browser joins other direct-access apps such as Mail for Exchange, Facebook, Twitter and Nimbuzz.

The Nokia 515 will come in black and white, and will be available for €115 (£98) – that's before local taxes and subsidies, mind – from September, starting in Russia, Germany, Switzerland and Poland.

Via Nokia Conversations

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JanSt / MOD  Aug. 29, 2013 at 18:36

This will be my next phone unless Apple do something unbelievable, like MTP o_O

Think it's stunning.

tapi  Aug. 29, 2013 at 20:02

I'm kinda agreeing with you Jan. It's got a numberpad!!!

timy  Aug. 29, 2013 at 23:20

thats my mums next phone!

nokia515  Aug. 29, 2013 at 23:32

This looks like the best Nokia phone in years, seriously. I have an 820 (WP8) and I think it is terrible, everything feels not quite right with it. The more I see Windows phones, the more I like Android instead. This non-smartphone to me, looks to be the equivalent of a reliable wristwatch. Functionality with style and simplicity with nothing clouding its core function.

JanSt / MOD  Aug. 30, 2013 at 07:34

I'm kinda agreeing with you Jan. It's got a numberpad!!!

Well, at the moment I feel that is all I need. And all too often, with our marvellous machines, that is what doesn't work once you've tweaked and synced and tweeted and blah blah blah... boom, battery dead when you're really most in need of the essential.

I know a few people who, quite knowledgable about smartphones , want something like this.
Either they are looking for something with a good battery that doesn't feel like it came out of a cornflakes box, or they've had it with TMI - too much information!

Why shouldn't there be a few classy feature phones? Only 6 years ago that was the norm. Smartphones were almost a no no.

I'm not totally convinced by the 515, though.
Is the cam good? (there is the 5MP a la N95 and then there are many rubbish ones - some made by Nokia.) Why no WiFi? They emphasise Twitter, FB, photo sharing etc...

So, I was lying: this probably won't be my next phone, but it might revive the feature phone sector. If there's a market for 2000 Android bangers, there's gotta be one for a handful of good quality dumbphones. If Nokia rereleased the N91 with the appropriate storage, a good screen and fast processor and S40 instead of Symbian plus a good camera, I'd be in!

shuwaz  Sep. 2, 2013 at 11:02

I might use it for my international calls sim card... Although that would give me three phones! Doh! Roll on mainstream dual-sim high end smartphones.

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