Nokia Intros S40-Based Asha Line
Nokia today announced three new handsets running its Series 40 platform that together make up a new series called Asha. These devices are primarily targeted at emerging markets, but introduce some notable new features for the Series 40 platform. All four devices will incude the new Nokia browser, which is based on the proxy-based Novarra platform and compresses data up to 90%.
- Asha 303: The 303 is a bar-style device that combines both a 2.6-inch capacitive touch screen with a physical QWERTY keyboard for messaging. It has a 1GHz processor, 3G, Wi-Fi, and 5-megapixel camera; and it ships with a variety of social networking applications. It will be available in select markets during the fourth quarter for 115 Euro.
- Asha 300: This bar-style traditional phone pairs a smaller touch screen with a standard numerical keypad. Features include a 1GHz processor, 5-megapixel camera, Bluetooth, FM radio, media player, and support for microSD cards up to 32GB. It will ship in select markets during the fourth quarter for 85 Euro.
- Asha 200/201: These devices are monoblock QWERTY phones that offer a simple feature set. They are identical in all respects except the 200 supports dual-SIMs and the 201 does not. Shared features FM radio with loudspeaker, social messaging applications, and support for 32GB microSD cards. These devices will ship in early 2012 for 60 Euro.