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Nokia launches cheap, colourful 207 and 208 feature phones

The slow death of feature phones isn't putting a dampener on Nokia's development plans. The Finnish company has revealed the new Nokia 207 and 208 devices, equipped with Internet access in a colourful package.

"For many, it will be their first phone with 3G Internet, social networks and multimedia," Nokia's Ian Delaney wrote in a blog post. "For others, it's an adaptable workhorse that can act as a second phone when it makes sense to leave your smartphone at home."

Though closely related, the two phones differ slightly: The Nokia 208 has a 1.3-megapixel camera with smart features like voice-guided self-portrait, sequential shot and panorama mode, and comes in dual SIM and single SIM flavours; the Nokia 207 is single SIM with no camera.

Just because they don't come with a touchscreen and a virtual personal assistant, doesn't mean the new handsets are useless in this connected age. Full 3.5G HSPA Internet support provides fast online access for surfing the web and streaming videos, as well as checking social networks and using chat services like Twitter, Facebook, and WhatsApp — all of which come pre-installed.

"The Nokia 207 and Nokia 208 are designed for people who like a classic phone and traditional keypad but don't want to miss out on smartphone experiences, like staying connected to social media and accessing the Internet," Timo Toikkanen, executive vice president of Nokia mobile phones, said in a statement.

Both versions carry a 2.4in display running on a 1020mAh battery; the single SIM variant offers more than a month of standby time, while available talk time lasts up to 12 hours on a 2G connection. The devices also include Bluetooth, micro USB, and an SD card that supports up to 32GB of storage.

All three phones — Nokia 207, Nokia 208, and Nokia 208 Dual SIM — come in red, cyan, white, and black, and will begin shipping in the third quarter for €52 (£44).

Nokia has had some success overseas with its lineup of low-cost Asha phones. In May, the company unveiled the $99 (£65) Asha 501 — the first in a lineup of smartphones that will run a refreshed operating system.

Check out the Nokia 207 in action in the video above.