The Nokia 301 measures in at 114 x 50 x 12.5 mm and weighs 120g and has a 2.4-inch display with 240 x 320-pixel resolution and 65k colour display.
Connectivity on the Nokia 301 is pretty standard, with 2mm charger connector, 3.5mm audio socket in the top of the phone and Bluetooth 3.0. It’s set to support GSM 850/900/1900 and WCDMA 900/2100, 850/1900 networks. With support for HD Voice where supported – Orange, for example offers it here in the UK – you’ll get much clearer calls.
It will be made available in single SIM and Dual-SIM variants. The Dual-SIM Nokia 301 will have a 3G enabled SIM under the battery, while the Hot Swappable and side-loading SIM supports 2G.
When it comes to staying in touch, the Nokia 301 offers Facebook, eBuddy, WhatsApp and Twitter, right on the home screen. The email app supports a lite version of Mail for Exchange that lets you sync your calendar, contacts and emails, as well as supporting other accounts like Yahoo!, Gmail and Hotmail.
The Nokia 301 comes with a 3.2-Megapixel camera, which may be rather entry-level compared to more expensive handsets but Nokia has focussed on the features and software of the camera to help deliver more. For example, the Nokia 301 is the first Series 40 phone able to take Panoramic photographs. Developed by the Nokia-owned Scalado (the guys who brought us PhotoBeamer) it’s able to take multiple shots in a 100 degree arc and knit them quickly together with ease.
Then there is the new sequential shot or burst mode and a great self-portrait feature that actually tells you to move the phone so your face is properly in the frame, perfect for taking headshots for your Facebook profile or Twitter avatar.
When it comes to storage you’ll find 256MB of internal memory and support from the microSD slot for cards up to 32GB in capacity. Battery life is being quoted by Nokia as up to 19.5 hours of talk time and up to 39 hours standby.
The Nokia 301 is set to launch in Q2 and will cost 65 Euros, excluding local taxes or operator subsidies.