Every once in a while, we encounter some kind of minimalist feature phones that tend to be highly appealing yet limited in features. One such device has surfaced in China by the name of NichePhone-S. The device is a debit card-sized feature phone with a secret weapon under its hood — Android OS.
This is probably the world’s first feature phone (correct us if we are wrong) that runs on Android, particularly Android 4.2 if we are to believe what the official listing says. It can make calls and even let you text your contacts from its calculator-inspired keyboard. You even get Bluetooth connectivity to pair wireless headsets with the phone. However, don’t think for a minute that this just a budget smartphone in a feature phone’s disguise.
This is a proper minimalist feature phone and there are many ways to prove that — instead of an LCD colour display, you get a monochrome OLED display measuring 0.96-inches that shows you time, alerts and battery status — nothing more. Even with 3G network compatibility, you cannot check your Facebook status or tweet occasionally on the go. You can only do calls and texts on this one. The phone utilises a MediaTek MT6572A chipset and is powered by a 550mAh battery, which is claimed to provide 3 hours of talk time.
This $95 (approx. Rs 6,000) budget phone, however, carries one helpful feature from smartphones — wireless charging, which is great if you will use this as a secondary device to your latest iPhone X. If you want to take a break from your busy social life and want something simple yet convenient, then the NichePhone-S is a great choice.