Phones for countries with developing economies are of interest to me only because it is fun to see the progress of what $100 will get you in terms of specifications. Take the Nokia 2600 Classic for instance: dual band GSM with GPRS support, S40 operating system, VGA camera, Bluetooth, FM Radio, email, MP3 ringtones, 128 x 160 resolution screen with 65,000 colors and is coming out in Q1 for 65 Euros. Three years ago that was top of the line and it was called the Nokia 6600. Will the N95 be 65 Euros in 2011?
The other device (above) is the Nokia 1209. Running the dated S30 operating system it too is only dual band, has a 96×68 pixel screen, yet still manages to display 65,000 colors; end of the spec sheet, this is hyper low end. It is coming out in Q2 for 35 Euros.
[Via: Nokia PR]