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Nokia launches, doesn't show 'traditional' talk phone

Nokia's 3109 Classic, announced today, has been on the cards since its presence was discovered in hidden Nokia XML files back in April. The mystery phone was launched without any indication as to what it might look like.

The handset's a basic boy aimed at folk who want to talk and business that don't want to spend too much money on handsets. It has a 128 x 160, 256,000-colour display on whic to show the email, calendars and contacts it's designed to focus on. It has Bluetooth and USB for PC connectivity. A music player app is pretty much the limit of its 'modern' features.

Nokia described the 3109's design as "traditional" for which we read 'dull' - why else would the Finnish phone giant not post pics of the product as it always, otherwise, does. Still, the handset is apparently "built for durability and reliability with robust construction", though its battery life is a bit feeble for this day and age: four hours' talk time.

Expect to pay around €140 ($189/£96) for it when it goes on sale later this quarter.

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