HMD Global will always be known as the company that revived Nokia smartphones. However, apart from the Android-powered smartphones, the Finnish company also brought several feature phones with the Nokia branding. Today, the Chinese regulatory agency TENAA reveals another feature phone with a TA-1212 model number. It’s a bar phone with a splash of red, perhaps a new Nokia XpressMusic?
As you may expect from a feature phone, it offers a very basic set of specifications. It’s similar to the Nokia 110 (2019) and not one of the KaiOS powered devices like the recent Flip and Tough handsets. This is explained by the rather low 0.36GHz single-core processor, just 8MB of RAM and 16MB of storage. It also includes a microSD card up to 32GB, but that is probably for the MP3 player functionality.
The feature phone boasts a 2.4-inch display with 240 x 320 pixels of resolution. The phone is rather thick, though, with 13.1mm considering its battery has only 1,200mAh in size. At least, the smartphone is super light with just 88 grams. There’s a camera on the back, but it’s nearly unusable with just 0.3MP. According to the specs table, it can’t do video recording, not even a choppy QVGA video like old S50 phones. We can’t express our feelings about that. There’s an LED flash, which certainly helps as a good flashlight and definitively counts as a feature in a phone of this pedigree.
Nokia refreshed the Xpress-on trademark in 2018. However, we can’t tell if this new variant will also bet on user-replaceable panes for the sake of customization. We have no clue when the company will unveil this device. However, HMD planned a series of Nokia Live events as a response to the canceled MWC. Worth noting that this alleged Nokia XpressMusic will be restricted to 2G networks, so it may not be useful in some carriers.