Nokia has unveiled two new pared-down feature phones for users seeking straightforward devices focused on calls, texts, and battery life. The Nokia 130 (2023) and Nokia 150 (2023) offer ultra-basic functionality in nostalgic, durable shells.
The two models join Nokia’s recent 2660 Flip, expanding options for those wanting an accessible “digital detox” phone. While simple, the new Nokia 130 and 150 provide month-long standby times and familiar, intuitive interfaces.
Nokia 130 Focuses Only on Core Communication
The Nokia 130 (2023) comes in dark blue, light gold, and purple colour options. It is built around a small 2.4-inch QVGA display and a removable 1,450mAh battery for exceptional 30+ day standby times.
On the software side, it runs Nokia’s streamlined S30+ OS and offers just 4MB of internal storage. But a microSD card slot supports expanding storage up to 32GB for music or other files.
In keeping with its minimalist design, the 130 has no rear camera. Connectivity is limited to 2G and 3.5mm audio. The durable polycarbonate body is splash-proof with an IP52 rating.
Despite its constraints, the 130 provides reliable wireless communication and long battery life in an easy-to-use package. For phone calls and SMS messaging, it keeps things simple.
Nokia 150 Adds Camera for Basic Photography
The Nokia 150 (2023) model maintains the 130’s core focus on no-frills communication but adds a basic 0.3MP rear camera for occasional snapshots. It is otherwise identical, with the same 2.4-inch display and S30+ software.
Available in black, cyan, and red, the 150 measures just over 15mm thick. Standby battery life remains over one month, ensuring availability for calls and texts. The camera allows for capturing memories in a pinch when a smartphone isn’t on hand.
Both new phones include a 3.5mm audio jack and wired FM radio support via the headphone cable. This provides entertainment options without draining the battery like streaming would.
Durable, Accessible Tools for Digital Minimalists
The Nokia 130 and 150 provide digital minimalism in a durable, familiar form. Their simplified software reduces distractions for those seeking a more focused device.
While not for power users, the month-long standby times ensure the phones remain usable for calls and texts even for infrequent use. For times when unavailable connectivity poses challenges, the Nokia 130 and 150 keep things simple.
Nokia’s brand and accessible design offer consumers an alternative to complex, expensive smartphones. For the right customer, a simple handset can meet communication needs just as well at a fraction of the price.
Together with the 2660 Flip, the new 130 and 150 demonstrate Nokia’s commitment to serving the full spectrum of mobile users – including those seeking a digital detox.