Nokia is one of the few companies that still seem to bother with feature phones and the Nokia 515 is its latest release in that field.
As it’s a feature phone, don’t expect the Nokia 515 to compete with the Nokia Lumia 1020 or even the Lumia 520. It’s designed primarily for people who just want to call and text with their phone, without any of the distractions of apps and touchscreens.
That said the Nokia 515 does stand out in some ways. For one thing it’s got a more premium build than most feature phones, thanks to a stylish aluminium shell. It also has a fairly reasonable 5 megapixel camera, with LED flash and various shooting modes such as panorama, self portrait and sequential shots (which takes five photos in quick succession and lets you choose the best to save).
The Nokia 515 also has a 2.4 inch screen, 3.5G HSDPA data connectivity, an FM radio, a micro SD card slot, built in access to Twitter and Facebook and a 1200 mAh battery, which for a feature phone should be enough to provide a long battery life. It’s available in white or black and comes in single and dual-SIM varieties (though as usual it’s unlikely that the UK will get the dual-SIM version).
You can see it in action here:
The Nokia 515 is due to start rolling out in September and it will be coming to Russia, Germany, Switzerland and Poland first. There’s no word yet on exactly when the UK will get it. Its European RRP is 115 Euros (£98) before taxes, but even once you factor in VAT we’d be surprised if it goes for much more than £100 once it hits the UK since you can get a Nokia Lumia 520 from around £120.
By Simon Thomas on 29th August, 2013