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Nokia unveils the X1-00 Series 30 handset

Nokia might be struggling to keep people interested in its current devices as it makes the move to Windows Phone, but it's not stopping trying - and has just announced a new phone for developing nations, the Nokia X1-00.

Available in orange and blue, the X1-00 isn't exactly a smartphone: based on Symbian Series 30, it's very much built to a budget, despite integrated music playback software, a calendar, clock, calculator, and a selection of simple games that can be played on its small, colour display.

The company describes it as a phone for music lovers, featuring an FM tuner, microSD support for storing up to 16GB of audio, and a speaker capable of pumping out 106phon (don't worry, we had to look it up as well). There's also a 3.5mm jack, for those who like to keep their immediate neighbours on-side.

As with many designs for developing nations, the X1-00 includes an integrated torch and a long-life battery designed to keep the handset ticking over on standby for over 60 days - important for markets where a reliable electricity supply is considered a luxury.

The company has also included support for five address books, on the understanding that it's likely a family will buy the phone and share it. Despite this, Nokia's aiming for a rock-bottom price: before tax and operator subsidies, the company claims the device should cost the local equivalent of around £30.

When Microsoft's Matt Bencke released a video urging Nokia's development community to stick with the company while it completes its long-term aim of transitioning to the Windows Phone platform, he claimed: "I expect to see at least another 150 million Symbian phones shipped in the months and years to come." What he neglected to say, it seems, is that the bulk of these sales won't be in the Western markets.

That said, there's no denying that the developing world is a rich market for high-volume, low cost devices like these - and if Nokia wants to remain afloat long enough to make the move to Windows Phone, it's going to take moves like this rather than hand-outs from Microsoft.