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 Nokia 207 Available now
3th July 2013

The Nokia 207 and Nokia 208 handsets are a bit of an oddity. Both of these closely related handsets support 3.5G data but come in a traditional "candy bar" format which makes the whole approach look a bit retro.

It's hard to put a finger on exactly what market the 207 and 208 are aiming for. Featuring a 2.4" 240 x 320 pixel display, Bluetooth 3.0, a basic MP3 and video player, an FM radio and a microSD slot then they're clearly capable of doing some things but not others. The 208 has a very basic 1.3 megapixel camera on the back and comes in dual-SIM and single-SIM variants. The 207 doesn't have a camera at all, which seems odd but will be a blessing for those people who have to work in or visit highly secure areas where no cameras are allowed.

HSDPA and HSUPA data is supported with maximum download speeds of 7.2Mbps and uploads of up to 5.76Mbps on one of two dual-band UMTS versions. You might be annoyed to find that the 207 and 208 take a microSIM, but that is the way things are going these days. Inside is a 1020 mAh battery which is quoted as giving up to 4.5 hours talktime and 33 days standby time on 3G on the single-SIM variant.

The 207 and 208 are Series 40 feature phones and come with a YouTube player, so at least you have something to do with all that bandwidth. Social networking applications are included plus the Nokia Xpress Browser to help render websites on the tiny screen. Perhaps more usefully, you can tether the phone to a PC to use it for mobile browsing, although that sort of thing is much easier to do with a smartphone. You can share images and videos directly with another compatible handset using Nokia's Slam feature.

 Nokia 208 These are not expensive devices, coming in at just $68 (or €52) for all variants before tax and subsidy in jolly red, yellow, cyan, white and black colour schemes. The target market is hard to fathom though, and although the camera-less version is nice to have it might be a more useful option on a Lumia or Asha device rather than something like this.

Still, if you're stuck in 2007 then the Nokia 207 and 208 might be the way to go. Although if you actually ARE stuck in 2007 your SIM card won't fit. In any case, the Nokia 207 and 208 should be available during Q3 2013.

 

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Nokia 207 at a glance

Available:

Q3 2013

Network:

GSM 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900

UMTS 900 / 2100

Data:

GPRS + EDGE + UMTS (3G) + HSPA

Screen:

2.4" 240 x 320 pixels

Camera:

None

Size:

Monoblock

114 x 51 x 12.8mm / 90 grams

Bluetooth:

Yes (3.0)

Internal memory:

256MB

Memory card:

MicroSD

CPU:

Not specified

RAM:

64MB

Java:

Yes

GPS:

No

OS:

Series 40

Battery life:

4.5 hours talk / 33 days standby (3G)

Nokia 208 at a glance

Available:

Q3 2013

Network:

GSM 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900

UMTS 900 / 2100 or 850 / 2100

Dual-SIM optional

Data:

GPRS + EDGE + UMTS (3G) + HSPA

Screen:

2.4" 240 x 320 pixels

Camera:

1.3 megapixels

Size:

Monoblock

114 x 51 x 12.8mm / 90-91 grams

Bluetooth:

Yes (3.0)

Internal memory:

256MB

Memory card:

MicroSD

CPU:

Not specified

RAM:

64MB

Java:

Yes

GPS:

No

OS:

Series 40

Battery life:

4.5 hours talk / 33 days standby (3G, 1SIM)

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