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Nokia introduces the Asha 305, 306 and 311 for those who love 'em touchscreens on the cheap

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Nokia introduces the Asha 305, 306 and 311 for those who love 'em touchscreens on the cheap
Nokia lifted the veil today over an affordable trio of phones in a new Asha Touch line - this time they are all-touch, no keypad, unlike the existing Asha portfolio members. 

The Asha 305 and 306 are the cheapos of the bunch, at just $85 and $95 SIM-free, respectively, which is indeed truly affordable for even emerging markets or teens' budgets, which are the target market anyway.

They both sport a 3" WQVGA resistive display, 1GHz processor, 2MP cameras, and GPRS/EDGE radio. The Easy Swap dual-SIM slots are what sets the Asha 305 apart, while the Asha 306 adds Wi-Fi connectivity to the mix, for Nokia's cheapest Wi-Fi handset to date.




The Asha 311 won't make your wallet much thinner either, as it costs just $121 SIM-free, but upgrades the 3" display to capacitive, the radio is 3G, and the camera gets a bump to 3MP. 



All three phones feature a new interface called Asha Touch, optimized for your fingertips, complete with a notification bar and all, plus the new Nokia Browser 2.0 and Nokia Maps. There will be 10, 000 web apps available for the handsets at launch, and 25, 000 in the Nokia Store, so it will be a pretty smartphone-ish experience with these three. Facebook, Twitter and email apps are preloaded.

Moreover, the phones come with 40 free EA games and 15 levels of Angry Birds to kill time with.The dual-SIM Asha 305 should be hitting shelves by the end of the month, while the other two are arriving next quarter.

source: Nokia

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posted on 06 Jun 2012, 01:56 6

1. mobilefuture (Posts: 206; Member since: 12 Nov 2011)


it wouldve been SO awesome had they kept the WQVGA resolution on the 311 and capacitive screens on the 305,306. seems to much too ask for the latter given the price but it wouldnt have killed them...

posted on 06 Jun 2012, 01:59 5

2. microsoftnokiawin (Posts: 764; Member since: 30 Mar 2012)


the UI looks pretty intresting

posted on 06 Jun 2012, 04:14 3

12. fernsruben (Posts: 28; Member since: 10 May 2012)


heyy............dnt know if u realised...............but it's similar to their MeeGo UX (Maemo 6 UI) which was on N9!!! Awesome...........................................​.......!!!!!

The UI is sooooooooooooooooo user friendly!!!!!!

posted on 06 Jun 2012, 05:42 3

17. microsoftnokiawin (Posts: 764; Member since: 30 Mar 2012)


i have an n9 dude so not exactly similar icons just different UI

posted on 06 Jun 2012, 02:03 3

3. Bluesky02 (Posts: 1439; Member since: 05 Dec 2011)


What a wonderful offer!

posted on 06 Jun 2012, 02:26 6

4. charudutt (Posts: 13; Member since: 18 Apr 2012)


wow i love theese phones .... NOKIA ASHA bcomin AWESOME day by day....
gr8 UI ...nice price tag... cool fetures.... BEST BUDGET PHONE (WITH TOUCH).....

posted on 06 Jun 2012, 02:31 6

5. guildsa654 (Posts: 27; Member since: 12 Apr 2012)


Nokia's Absolutely back in the game.

posted on 06 Jun 2012, 02:40 1

6. PhansMuneeb (Posts: 337; Member since: 28 Jan 2012)


Nokia is back again...... :D

posted on 06 Jun 2012, 02:53 3

7. mobilefuture (Posts: 206; Member since: 12 Nov 2011)


Phonearena, i would like to inform you that in your specs sheet it says the 311 does QVGA recording at 10fps. Check the nokia website you are wrong. Its 25fps. Kindly fix this error to avoid confusion

posted on 06 Jun 2012, 02:59 3

8. smartphone (Posts: 160; Member since: 21 Oct 2011)


The 305 is more beautiful than most mid range smartphones.
Will b getting one for my dad.

posted on 06 Jun 2012, 03:27 2

10. UnlimitedSkye03 (Posts: 18; Member since: 27 Apr 2012)


My mom would love asha 311 :)

posted on 06 Jun 2012, 04:03 2

11. loken (Posts: 462; Member since: 09 May 2012)


40 ea games????/?? wow

posted on 06 Jun 2012, 04:54 3

13. jackhammeR (Posts: 1548; Member since: 17 Oct 2011)


wow..that uiu looks like Symbian a little bit but it's not a Symbian...meltemi maybe?

posted on 06 Jun 2012, 05:00 1

14. steelicon (Posts: 306; Member since: 02 Apr 2011)


Still Series 40.

posted on 06 Jun 2012, 05:50 3

18. -RVM- (Posts: 329; Member since: 19 Oct 2011)


UI looks like a mix of Belle and Swipe UI from N9.

posted on 06 Jun 2012, 05:25 2

15. akr91 (Posts: 3; Member since: 06 Jun 2012)


Nokia 808, now this asha series and windows 8 and meltemi devices in the future ...... nokia is back ,with a bang

posted on 06 Jun 2012, 08:51 3

20. nishant (Posts: 5; Member since: 14 May 2012)


u r right dude
nokia going to bang this year,.,,,,,

posted on 06 Jun 2012, 11:39 3

24. QinEmpire (Posts: 145; Member since: 16 May 2012)


Bang the copycat, Samsung.

posted on 06 Jun 2012, 05:37 2

16. Veigald (Posts: 223; Member since: 13 Jan 2012)


The phones look great, even with light years better design than most cheap phones (but of course we expect Nokia to sport that).

Only little thing I didn't like in the 311 video was that it said "1 GHz processor", which really is completely uninteresting if the phone runs smoothly. The undesirable effect may be that people have seen android phones lag like crazy with a similar processor and may assume the Asha phones will lag too.

posted on 06 Jun 2012, 06:49 2

19. jade272727 (Posts: 62; Member since: 10 Dec 2011)


Will it be available in the Philippines?

posted on 06 Jun 2012, 08:53 3

21. nishant (Posts: 5; Member since: 14 May 2012)


it will available in all over the world......

posted on 06 Jun 2012, 10:06 1

22. thedarkside (Posts: 651; Member since: 30 Apr 2012)


nokia is popping out phones like theyre octomom

posted on 06 Jun 2012, 10:19 3

23. snowgator (Posts: 3158; Member since: 19 Jan 2011)


Like economy cars, feature phones and basic flip phones will always have an audience. Nokia is smart to try and offer decent options. These have always looked nice. Hope they are durable, and perform well. Nokia needs the good buzz......

posted on 06 Jun 2012, 15:58 1

25. crysco (Posts: 3; Member since: 02 Mar 2012)


I really like my Nokia Symbian phone but have been wondering for a while what to get next. I wanted to stay w/ Nokia so I could keep my Nokia Maps. (You just can't beat that you get turn by turn directions with out using ANY data.) But I just can't get pass the "live tiles" of the Windows Phones & Zune. So here's the answer for me. The Asha 311 looks usable & inexpensive. And I get to keep my Nokia Maps.

posted on 10 Jun 2012, 19:41 1

26. andyboi_ph (Posts: 101; Member since: 26 Mar 2012)


i want 311 as my spare phone. very cool interface. Not cheap looking but so affordable. I heart it....................

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