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Nokia has announced three new Asha phones – Asha 305, Asha 306 and Asha 311 – with large touchscreens. Nokia says its new Asha phones, based on S40 operating system, will provide smartphone-like experience to consumers, who want to reduce data costs and larger battery life. The Nokia Asha 305 is expected to ship in the second quarter of 2012, while the Asha 306 and Asha 311 will arrive in the third quarter of 2012.
"By introducing the Asha Touch phones to the market, we're accelerating our commitment to connect the next billion consumers," said Mary T. McDowell, Nokia's executive vice president for Mobile Phones. "These phones deliver on what young, urban people value most -- a great-looking device; and an intuitive and affordable experience for connecting to the internet, to their friends, and to a world of entertainment, web apps and content."
The Nokia Asha 311 has a 3-inch capacitive touchscreen. It has a 1GHz processor, which makes the device pretty fast for a basic feature phone. The device, Nokia says, takes full advantage of the Nokia Browser 2.0, which uses Nokia's cloud technology to reduce data consumption by up to 90 percent. The device also features a 3.2 MP camera and pre-installed Nokia Maps.
The device comes pre-bundled with 15-level version of Angry Birds. The phone comes pre-loaded with global social networks such as Facebook and Twitter. It also has WhatsApp.
The device has built-in storage of 256MB, with support up to 32GB via microSD card. For connectivity, the device supports HSPA, Bluetooth 2.1 and USB 2.0. The device is available in multiple colours - Dark Grey, Rose Red, Blue, Brown and Sand White. Check out full specifications of the Nokia Asha 311 here.
The device is priced at EUR 92, which is roughly Rs. 6,367.
The Nokia Asha 305 is a dual-SIM phone and features a 3-inch WQVGA resistive touch screen. It has a 2MP camera. The device comes with a BL-4U 1,110 mAh battery, which is rated to deliver 14 hours of talk time and 528 hours on standby mode. The device comes with Nokia Maps and the Nokia Browser 2.0. Check out full specifications of Nokia Asha 305 here.
The device is priced at EUR 63, which is about Rs. 4,360
Nokia says the Asha 306 is the sister device to the Asha 305. The device also features a 3-inch WQVGA resistive touch screen. The Nokia Asha 306 also provides WLAN, enabling users to stay connected while on the move. It also supports video streaming through both GPRS and WLAN. The device sports a 2MP camera. The device comes with a BL-4U 1,110 mAh battery, which is rated to deliver 14 hours of talk time 600 hours on standby mode. Check out full specifications of Nokia Asha 306 here.
The device is priced at EUR 68, which is nearly Rs. 4,706.