Nokia releases new Asha Range of Series 40 Devices
Apart from the Lumia 710 and 800, Nokia’s Windows Phone devices, they announced a new range of series 40 devices. The series 40 devices were their low-end range of non-smartphone devices, meant for the average user who needed a Reliable phone, with a few other features (such as web browsing and email) added on. The new Asha series of devices, which includes the newly announced Nokia 200, 201, 300 and 303 phones add a bit more, such as the new Nokia browser, which promises to compress data up to 90%. Useful if you’re on a limited data plan, even more so if you’re stuck using 2G networks for your data access.
As Nokia says:
Nokia’s new Asha mobile phones come with all the features you really need to connect with the best of the online world at an affordable price, plus some nice surprises you’d normally expect on more expensive devices.
They are colorful, stylish and powerful and they allow you to access social networks via the web on Nokia’s amazing browser. But, by delivering the essential functions for customers, they stop short of being fully fledged smart phones, making them ultra efficient and simple to use. It also helps to keep the costs down.
The Specs though, for the most part, are more reminiscent of mid-range smartphones. So let’s get started.
The Nokia 200 is a basic s40 device with a qwerty keyboard, with Dual SIM support and a shortcut key to easily switch between them. Additionally, you can set up and manage profiles for up to 5 SIMs via the SIM manager. It has access to the net via the Nokia Browser, there’s email, IM and social network support. There’s a 2MP Camera and storage is via Micro-SD card, expandable up to 32 GB. It has access to more access via the Nokia Store. It’s a GSM 900/1800 MHz device (no tri/quad band access here).
Talk time is up to 7hrs and there’s a 36-hour standby time. It should be available before the end of the year, for around €60 before any local taxes or operator subsidies. It will be available in 6 colours; pink, aqua, green, blue, orange and graphite. More details available on the product page.
The 201 is basically the 200 without the Dual-SIM. It’s got shortcut access to social networks, and messaging applications like Whatsapp and Facebook Chat. It should cost around the same as the Nokia 200. More details here.
The 300 has specs that are almost smart phone like. It has a 1 GHz processor, a 5MP Camera, a 2.4″ Touchscreen (resistive unfortunately), and a keypad. You have the usual connectivity options; Bluetooth & 3G, but no WiFi. It’s quadband GSM/WCDMA (2G and 3G). There’s 140 MB internal memory, expandable via Micro-SD card upto 32 GB.
Oh, and one more thing:
Yup, Angry Birds (lite)! On a non-smartphone. Nice Move Rovio (and Nokia).
It should be available at the end of the year, for around €85, pre tax and subsidies. More details over at the product page.
Just like the 300, the 303 has a 1GHz Processor, a 2.6″ resistive touchscreen, Quadband 2G and Pentaband HSPA (3G), WiFi b/g/n, a qwerty keyboard, a 3.2MP camera, and all the other goodies mentioned above, including Angry Birds, the Nokia Browser, Whatsapp, etc..
It should be available for around €115. More details on the product page.
So what do you think?
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