Nokia announces Asha 309 and dual-SIM look-alike Asha 308: Series 40 on a capacitive touch screen
The two devices are virtually identical save for the dual-SIM functionality. Both have 3-inch capacitive touch screens and run on Series 40 with its remodeled interface. The Nokia Asha 309 features Wi-Fi connectivity while the Asha 308 is dual-SIM but has no Wi-Fi. As a bonus, you get 40 free Java games from EA on both. A new feature that users of these most affordable Nokia touch phones is video streaming through the browser.
Except for that there is nothing all that special about these two feature phones. They are obviously all about the cheap price. Nokia includes a 2-megapixel fixed-focus rear camera on them and the 3-inch display has a modest resolution of 240 x 400 pixels.
The Nokia Asha 309 and 308 release date is set for the vague Q4 2012, with prices for both below $100.
Nokia has released the official promo videos and press images and you can find both below. How do you like what you see? Can the Asha series keep Nokia afloat while it transitions to Windows Phone?
source: Nokia (1), (2)
Nokia Asha 308 and dual-SIM Asha 309
1. No_Nonsense (Posts: 826; Member since: 17 Aug 2012)
The Asha series will be a hit in emerging markets and that's for sure.
2. eisenbricher (Posts: 972; Member since: 09 Aug 2012)
It's a pleasure to see how nokia has managed to improve it's s40 lineup. Both in terms of software and hardware. I'd never buy a feature phone though, this one looks like a good VFM phone, maybe correct for my technologically dumb sister.
6. ogy_dogy (Posts: 453; Member since: 29 Jun 2012)
" technologically challenged " is the term :D lol
3. phil2n (Posts: 476; Member since: 30 Apr 2012)
this is very useful as a basic hand-phone use..
dual oh its dual
4. pikapowerize (banned) (Posts: 1869; Member since: 03 May 2012)
they are basically feature phones but with powerful maps!! better than apple maps!
5. pikapowerize (banned) (Posts: 1869; Member since: 03 May 2012)
i wish that they stop these s40 foolishness!stop calling it a smartphone coz its not!! a smartphone can multitask.. asha touch cant do that!
and just develop meltemi or that linux base!!! and im waiting for smarterphone team!! at least their OS is better than s40! not to mention can do multitasking!
7. ogy_dogy (Posts: 453; Member since: 29 Jun 2012)
I wish these or the 306 vere out a few months back, my mom would have loved this, even though she is enjoying her asha 302....
8. Cyan3boN (Posts: 425; Member since: 23 Feb 2012)
although not a smartphone contender, it does look solid.
9. -box- (Posts: 3876; Member since: 04 Jan 2012)
I agree with the above, not a true smartphone. A smart feature phone (like the iphones) but not a true smartphone, despite the inclusion of WiFi and apps. My Nokia 5230 Nuron I had was classified as a smartphone, based on S60 or S^3, and it could run circles around then-contemporary iphones, it wasn't a true smartphone, though I liked thinking of it as a "baby smartphone" I knew it was just a more refined and advanced feature phone, along the lines of a Samsung Solstice or HTC Freestyle. Just like the Asha series now, essentially.