Microsoft just pulled the wraps off the Nokia 230 and its 230 Dual SIM counterpart. This newest featurephone relies on a trifecta of aluminum build (sort of), front-facing flash and an affordable price.
The Nokia 230 features a 2.8-inch display with 240 x 320 pixel resolution (QVGA). It has a total of 16МB of RAM, reminiscent of simpler times, but that's enough for the Series 30+ to run Opera Mini, Bing Search, and MSN weather. There's no internal storage to speak of, in the sense of keeping MP3s internally - microSD cards up to 32GB are the way to go.
A 2MP rear camera is on board, capable of shooting 1,600 x 1,200 pixel images and videos at 240p/15fps. It has a flash too, but most importantly so does the front-facing 2MP shooter, which can also capture higher-res VGA videos (640 x 480 pixels).
There's a very basic set of wireless connectivity options with only dual-band 900MHz/1800MHz GSM support and Bluetooth 3.0. There's an FM radio receiver, too. A microUSB port takes care of charging, and there's also a 3.5mm headphone jack.
The phone measures 124.6 x 53.4 x 10.9mm and weighs 91.8g grams. It's mostly made of polycarbonate, but has a sand-blasted aluminum back cover for a touch of premium on a $55 device. Behind it is a 1,200mAh battery, which Microsoft promises is good for up to 27 days of standby on the single-SIM version and 22 days for the dual-SIM. Availability starts in December.