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Nokia has unwrapped a new handset — not a fancy smartphone but a budget feature phone: The Nokia 301 (pictured left) is an $85 mobile that doesn’t have a touchscreen or a QWERTY keyboard but does pack HSPA (aka 3.5G) and includes some enhanced camera features. It also supports YouTube streaming video via Nokia’s cloud Xpress browser for the first time.

Right now Nokia is holding its Mobile World Congress press conference where CEO Stephen Elop and his team are banging the drum for a newly expanded line of Lumia Windows Phone smartphones. But Nokia’s mobile strategy is two-pronged, with Windows Phone at the higher end and its own Series 40 OS powering a broad swathe of basic and budget devices, such as the 301. The thing is, right now, Nokia simply can’t afford to ignore the low end. Here, far from the glamour of Lumia smartphones, is where Nokia’s volumes…

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