Nokia announced today, via Nokia Conversations, a new mobile device that is definitely bound to turn some heads. The Nokia 515 is a premium feature phone with high-end design features which seem to blur the line between high-end feature phone and low-end smartphone. It features a unibody anodized aluminum casing, similar to that found on the iconic Nokia N8, a curved 2.4″ QVGA polarized LCD screen protected by Gorilla Glass 2 for even more durability, and the numeric keypad is made with a new hardened polycarbonate resin which was specially made for the device. All of this crafted into a body just 11mm thin.
The Nokia 515 features a 5MP camera and LED flash, both of which you won’t find on the latest Asha devices, including the closest model, the Asha 501, which features a 3.2MP camera and no flash. Also on board is Nokia Slam, HD-Voice, Self-guided self-portrait mode, 3.5G connectivity, Bluetooth 3.0, and a slew of popular social networking apps like Facebook, Twitter, and Nimbuzz. Nokia seems intent on stuffing some high-end features into a low-end device, and hits the mark when given the moderately low price of €115. It’s not the cheapest device out there, when compared to other devices like the Asha series, but it offers a lot of bang for your buck.
I can’t help but feel nostalgic for Nokia’s older devices when I see this. It reminds me of Nokia’s design prowess back in the olden days of yore, when many of the devices were simple, if not elegantly crafted. Phones like the N82 or the N78 which represented only a small portion of the craftiness that Nokia displayed in the years leading up to the smartphone war and its tangled web of OSes, touch screens, and lawsuits. No doubt this premium mobile phone carries on the legacy that Nokia is known for.
The 515 is available in black and white, as well as single and Easy Swap Dual SIM variants. It will be available in select European markets.
Source: Nokia Conversations
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