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.
Microsoft Announces the Nokia 215
Microsoft today revealed the Nokia 215, a $29 feature phone meant to help more people get online for the first time. The bar-style phone has a 2.4-inch screen and a numeric keypad.
Microsoft Debuts Entry-Level Nokia 130 Handset
Microsoft today announced the Nokia 130, a simple, inexpensive handset meant for first-timers and emerging markets. The candybar-style phone runs the Series 30 platform and includes a 1.8-inch screen, stereo headphone jack, Bluetooth 3.0, and support for memory cards up to 32GB.
Microsoft Trots Out Nokia 222 Feature Phone
Microsoft today announced the Nokia 222, a bar-style feature phone that runs Nokia Series 30+ and includes only the most essential functions. The Nokia 222's core apps include MSN Weather, Bing Search, Opera Mini, as well as Facebook, Facebook Messenger, and Twitter.
Samsung Adds Galaxy A7 to A Series Lineup
Samsung today announced the Galaxy A7, the largest of the three A Series handsets. The A7 features a 5.5 inch HD Super AMOLED screen and a slim, metallic design.
LG Reveals Mid-Range K Series Ahead of CES
LG has announced a handful of K Series handsets that round out its roster of affordable devices. Shared features between the devices include removable batteries, Bluetooth 4.x, WiFi, support for 3G/4G networks, and support for memory cards.
- K10: The largest of the new devices, the K10 has a 5.3-inch, 720p touch display that's covered by 2.5D curved glass.