While smartphones have overtaken feature phones in terms of sheer sales volume, there is still a sizable chunk of feature phone users who aren’t quite ready to make the jump to iOS, Android, Windows Phone or Blackberry.
These users have been fine so far with the kind of feature set their phones come with, but up until now, they’ve had to make do with the typical plastic build. Well, it appears that the Nokia 515 has something to say about that.
The Nokia 515 might be a feature phone at heart — with an alphanumeric keyboard at that — but it’s been crafted with materials often reserved for top-tier smartphones. The main body is made from a single piece of sandblasted aluminum while the gently-curved 2.4″ QVGA screen is protected by Gorilla Glass 2. The keypad doesn’t escape the premium treatment as it too is made from something special: hardened polycarbonate resin. The result is a sleek phone that’s only 11mm thick and can easily be mistaken as an understated fashion accessory.
While the choice of materials is certainly refreshing, the Nokia 515 is still a feature phone at heart. Aside from the 2.4″ QVGA screen, it also features fast 3.5G/HSDPA connectivity, Bluetooth and a 5MP camera with LED flash. No WiFi though. It also happens to be a dual SIM phone with Nokia Easy Swap technology that allows you to switch between SIMs without having to turn the phone off. Tired of touchscreen smartphones that only last a day on a full charge? The Nokia 515 can last up to 38 days on standby.
According to Nokia, the 515 should start shipping in Q3 of 2013, meaning it should launch some time before the end of September. Thinking of picking one up? The Nokia 515 SRP is EUR115 or about Php6.8k after straight conversion.