Nokia Asha Budget Handsets Unveiled at Nokia World 2011

October 26, 2011, By Leo Xavier

The smartphone market is big and it has now become even bigger. Nokia has announced four new budget handsets at its Nokia World 2011. The company is targeting “the next billion” with the introduction of the new phones: the Nokia Asha 200, Asha 201, Asha 300, and Asha 303.

In case you are wondering, the name “Asha” has been derived from Hindi word signifying hope.

All the new devices will run Symbian Series 40 and will be available on the market before the end of this year. The phones are aimed at the emerging markets around the world.


First up is the Asha 200 which is a dual-SIM model with live swapping. The device is available in lime green and purple colors. The Asha 201, which is a single-SIM device, comes equipped with a QWERTY keyboard and 52-hour battery life. The 201 comes with a price tag of €60.

The Asha 300 is a touchscreen device. It features a 5-megapixel camera, a 1GHz processor, a music player, FM radio, and Bluetooth connectivity. The device also features a memory card slot that handles cards of up to 32GB. The device costs €85.

The Asha 303, which packs a physical QWERTY along with a 2.6-inch capacitive touchscreen, comes with a 1GHz processor and boasts Nokia Maps. The device also features 3G and Wi-Fi connectivity. You will have to produce €115 for the device.

All the handsets boast the Nokia Browser, which helps to compress web content by up to 90% in the cloud, saving time, data and, most importantly, money. And the devices will also come packed with Angry Birds.

So, are you excited about the new devices?

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