"The most affordable touch device ever" announced at MWC – meet the Nokia Asha 230


Apart from the much anticipated Nokia X and its unexpected peers, the Nokia X + and the Nokia XL, the Finnish manufacturer introduced a plethora of other devices, one of which is a fresh member to the Asha family – the Nokia Asha 230. Touted as the "most affordable touch device ever", this Asha feature phone costs just $62 (€45). It will "start rolling out immediately" in select regions, such as Asia-Pacific, Europe, India, Latin America, and Africa. The feature phone will come in two variants – a single and dual-SIM ones.

The Nokia Asha 230 comes with a new motion application for Asha devices, which allows users to create their own wallpapers. Nokia's cheapest Asha phone also comes with the signature UI of the Asha family, Fastlane, which allows fast-switching between apps and features. Apart from Fastlane, a number of popular social networking and messaging apps, such as Twitter, Facebook, Whatsapp, Direct Chat, and Viber are available for the feature phone. Other popular apps, such as WeChat, Vine, and Line are also on board.

Thanks to an upcoming software update, future users of the Nokia Asha 230 will receive 7GB of free storage on the recently-rebranded Microsoft OneDrive cloud service. An automatic photo backup to OneDrive will be implemented, as well.

Hardware-wise, the most-affordable Asha device features a full-touch display with a resolution of 240 x 320 pixels. With a size of 2.8 inches, it has a pixel density of no more or less than 142 ppi. The Asha 230 comes with 64MB RAM and 256MB of native memory. The storage space is expandable up to 32 GB via a microSD card. The Nokia 230Asha comes with a 1.3MP camera on its back. A 1020mAh removable battery powers the affordable device and it is stated that users can squeeze as much as 42 hours of battery life during music playback.

The Nokia Asha 230 is not just affordable, but compact, as it has dimensions of 3.9 x 2.30 x 0.51 inches and tips the scales at 89 grams. The feature phone will be avaialable in black, white, red, yellow, green, and blue.

It is important to say that the manufacturer's suggested retail price of $62 (€45) may vary after taxes and subsidies are applied.





source: Nokia

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7 Comments

1. Pinder4u

Posts: 10; Member since: Feb 24, 2014

Nice phone for regions like Asia Pacific

2. rodneyej1

Posts: 3576; Member since: Jul 06, 2013

Wow!!!

3. rodneyej1

Posts: 3576; Member since: Jul 06, 2013

Wow!!!

4. Just.Saying

Posts: 132; Member since: Apr 04, 2013

The MTN Steppa, A new all touch 3.5inch android handset made by qualcom is less than $50. R500 here in south africa.

5. Bluesky02

Posts: 1439; Member since: Dec 05, 2011

Imagine how you're gonna managed with its small onscreen keyboard

6. Martin_Cooper

Posts: 1774; Member since: Jul 30, 2013

Thats the last problem for someone who makes 50$ a MONTH. Its a great phone for that kind of markets where people are still using old nokias that can only send messages and make phone calls.

7. fireblade

Posts: 717; Member since: Dec 27, 2013

So cute

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