Back in April, Nokia had announced the 2690 along with a slew of other budget phones aimed at the Indian market. At that time, we had stated that the Nokia 2690 houses all the standard features you have come to expect from a budget phone and then some more.
The attractively designed 2690 is available in four colours: hot pink, graphite, blue and white silver. Its 1.8 inch TFT display supports 262K colours at a resolution of 128 X 160 pixels. It is a GPRS and EDGE enabled handset with a capable MP3 player and FM radio. The handset comes with 15MB of inbuilt memory, which can be expanded up to 8GB (microSD).
Besides supporting SMS, MMS, email and social networking, Nokia 2690 also bundles Nokia Life Tools, which is an SMS based VAS (value added service) aimed at rural India.
We had initially expected the handset to retail for around Rs. 2,700. While that would have been an absolutely killer price, Nokia has chosen to offer it for a MRP of Rs. 3,700. At this price point, the 2690 will face stiff competition, but Nokia is probably betting on its reliability and reputation to sway undecided customers in its favour.