Nokia Asha 202 And Asha 203 Announced; Comes With 40 Free EA Games

Last year, Nokia launched the Asha series of entry-level phones at the Nokia World 2011. The Nokia Asha phones are currently available in more than 100 markets globally. Today, the company unveiled the new Nokia Asha 202 and Nokia Asha 203 Touch and Type phones at the Mobile World Congress (MWC) 2012 in Barcelona. The specs of both the handsets are almost similar. However, the only difference is the dual-SIM feature packed in the Nokia Asha 202. These handsets allows you to access your Facebook and Twitter networks from the preloaded social application.

“Since outlining a new strategy a year ago, we’ve taken significant actions to deliver against it,” said Mary T. McDowell, Nokia’s executive vice president for Mobile Phones. “We’ve been connecting the next billion people to the mobile world and its benefits through contemporary feature phones and internet services. Today, we are taking another step in that direction, with a compelling combination of smarter mobile devices packed with innovative services.”

Nokia Asha 202:

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Nokia Asha 202 features a 2.4 inch QVGA, resistive touchscreen display, Symbian S40 OS, dual-SIM (GSM + GSM), 2 megapixel camera, social networking apps, Bluetooth 2.1 with EDR, 10 MB internal memory, microSD card slot, 32 GB expandable memory, MicroUSB, dedicated SIM manager, 3.5 mm headset jack, music player, enhanced stereo FM radio, up to 16.5 days of stand-by time, up to 5 hours of talk-time, and a 1020 mAh battery. This handset measures 114.8 mm x 49.8 mm x 13.85 mm and weighs just 90g. The Nokia Asha 202 will be available in 5 colors – Black, Silver White, Dark Red, Dark Grey, and Golden White.

Nokia Asha 203:

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Nokia Asha 203 features a 2.4 inch QVGA, resistive touchscreen display, Symbian S40 OS, 2 megapixel camera, 3.5 mm headset jack, music player, Nokia Life, Nokia Maps, inbuilt speaker, social networking apps, Bluetooth 2.1 with EDR, 10 MB internal memory, microSD card slot, 32 GB expandable memory, MicroUSB, dedicated SIM manager, up to 27 days of stand-by time, up to 5 hours of talk-time, and a 1020 mAh battery. This handset measures 114.8 mm x 49.8 mm x 13.85 mm and weighs just 90g. The Nokia Asha 203 will be available in 3 colors – Silver White, Dark Red, and Dark Grey.

The Nokia Asha 202 and Asha 203 are the first Series 40 devices to offer EA games. The owner of these devices will get EA’s 40-game pack of worth 75 euros for free. You heard it right! The EA’s 40-game pack includes popular titles such as Tetris, Need for Speed, The Run and Bejeweled. The Nokia Asha 202 and Asha 203 will be available from the Q2 of 2012. These handsets come with a price tag of just 60 Euros (approx. $80 /Rs.4000) excluding taxes.

One Year On: Nokia Has Come a Long Way, Still Has a Very Long Way to Go

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Nokia kicked off the Mobile World Congress (MWC) with its press conference on February 27, in Barcelona. Stephen Elop, President and CEO of Nokia took stage and described the progress they have made since the last year’s event. If you recall, it was last year’s MWC when Nokia had officially announced that they were going all in on Windows Phone.

After the initial update on Nokia’s latest endeavors both on the low-end Asha phones, and also on the higher-end Windows Phones, the talk shifted to the new stuff. First up was the Asha line of phones, and 3 new devices were announced, along with Nokia Life services which bring life skills, parenting, education, agriculture and entertainment services to Series 30 and 50 phones in India, China, Indonesia and Nigeria.

However, I want to focus on Nokia’s progress with Windows Phone. Late last year, Nokia announced and launched two brand new devices, the Nokia Lumia 800 and Nokia Lumia 710. These devices were released ahead of schedule, and were available in parts of Europe first, and then slowly to other geographies over the next months. The launches everywhere were accompanied with a lot of marketing muscle – from concerts and light shows to flash mobs and video shows. Some examples:

Yet, I was surprised that based on a recent report by Strategy Analytics, Nokia was able to go from no market share to the highest share among all Windows Phone device makers. It is even more remarkable when you consider that the phones were not even available for the entire quarter, and not across most geographies where other device makers were already selling Windows Phones.

Nokia Unveils The Asha 302 Budget QWERTY Phone With 1 GHz Processor

Along with the Nokia 808 PureView 808 and Nokia Lumia 610, the company also announced the entry-level Nokia Asha 302 QWERTY phone at the Mobile World Congress (MWC) 2012 in Barcelona. The Nokia Asha 302 is Nokia’s first Series 40 phone to support Mail for Exchange, which lets the user to access their emails, contacts, and calendar on an exchange server. This handset allows you to stay connected with your friends and family on the go.

Nicholas McQuire, research director enterprise mobility strategies EMEA for IDC, said,

“By making Mail For Exchange available for the sub 100 euros mobile device market, Nokia has taken a significant step in helping businesses across the globe, including those from high growth economies, achieve the productivity and employee satisfaction benefits that greater mobility affords them.”

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Nokia Asha 302 features a 2.4 QVGA display, sporting a resolution of 320 x 240 pixels, Symbian S40 OS, 1 GHz processor, full QWERTY keyboard, 3.2 megapixel camera with 4x digital zoom, Nokia Browser, Social Networking apps, Mail For Exchange, Bluetooth 2.1 with enhanced data rates (EDR), and so on.

Other features include a 3.5 mm headset jack, music player, enhanced stereo FM radio, 140 MB internal memory, microSD card slot, 32 GB expandable memory, 3G Connectivity, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, MicroUSB, up to 29 days of stand-by time, up to 9 hours of talk-time, and a 1430 mAh battery.

This handset measures 115.2 mm x 58.9 mm x 13.5 mm and weighs just 106 g. The Nokia Asha 302 will be available in 5 colors – Dark Grey, White, Plum Red, Mid Blue, and Golden Light. This handset is specially designed for young entrepreneurs and professionals. The Nokia Asha 302 comes with a price tag of just 95 Euros (approx. $130/ Rs.6300) excluding taxes.

Samsung Announces The Android Powered Galaxy S WiFi 4.2 Media Player

Samsung has already announced some amazing devices, including the Samsung Galaxy Beam, Galaxy Note 2 and Galaxy Tab 2 at the MWC 2012. After unveiling the smartphone and tablets, Samsung went ahead and announced the Android powered Galaxy S WiFi 4.2 media player at the Mobile World Congress (MWC) 2012 in Barcelona. This device is the successor of the not-so-popular Galaxy S WiFi 4.0 media player. According to the company, the Samsung Galaxy S WiFi 4.2 is not just a media player, but it is also a powerful gaming device.

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The Samsung Galaxy S WiFi 4.2 features a 4.2 inch WVGA display, sporting a resolution of 480 x 800 pixels, 1 GHz C210 processor, Android 2.3 (Gingerbread) Operating System, TouchWiz 4.0 user interface, 2 megapixel rear-facing camera, VGA front-facing camera, Music Player with SoundAlive, Front Stereo Speaker, and more.

Other features include a 3.5 mm headset jack, Bluetooth 3.0, USB 2.0, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, Samsung Apps, Social Hub, Readers Hub, Music Hub, Game Hub, Android Market, 8 GB/ 16 GB internal memory, microSD card slot, 32 GB expandable memory, 512 MB RAM, Samsung ChatON, Samsung Kies, Samsung AllShare, Samsung SmartView, and a 1500 mAh battery.

The Samsung Galaxy S WiFi 4.2 comes pre-loaded with EA’s popular game, Need For Speed Hot Pursuit. This device features the SoundAlive audio system which offers great sound through a front stereo speaker or headphones. The price and release date of this device is still unknown.

ZTE Skate Acqua, Kis, And Blade II Announced

Last week, ZTE announced the PF200 and N910 LTE smartphones. Earlier today, the company announced the Android powered ZTE Era, ZTE Mimosa X, and ZTE PF112 HD. On the other hand, the company also unveiled the Windows Phone powered ZTE Orbit smartphone. Finally, ZTE announced 3 new smartphones – the ZTE Skate Acqua, ZTE Kis, and ZTE Blade II at the Mobile World Congress (MWC) 2012 in Barcelona. The company also revealed the new Mifavor user interface.

He Shiyo, EVP and Head of the Terminals Division, ZTE, said,

“Our long-term goal for the Terminals Division is to achieve a compound growth rate of above 40 percent per year for five consecutive years from 2010, and to become one of the top three vendors in the global handset market by 2015. This extensive new range of handsets, tablets, datacards and user features we are announcing here at Mobile World Congress 2012 will help us drive this momentum through 2012 and beyond. This is a new era for ZTE branded devices.

ZTE Skate Acqua:

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The ZTE Skate Acqua comes with a 4 inch display, sporting a resolution of 480 x 800 pixels, 1 GHz processor, Android 2.3 (Gingerbread) Operating System, 5 megapixel auto-focus camera, HD (720p) video recording and playback, 512MB RAM, 4 GB internal memory, microSD card slot, 32 GB expandable memory, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, Wi-Fi hotspot, 7.2 Mbps HSDPA, Bluetooth 2.1 with A2DP, microUSB 2.0, A-GPS, and a 1600 mAh battery.

ZTE Blade II:

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The ZTE Blade II is the successor of the ZTE Blade smartphone. It features a 3.5 inch display, 1 GHz processor, Android 2.3 (Gingerbread) Operating System, Mifavor user interface, 5 megapixel rear camera, 0.3 megapixel front-facing camera for video calls, 512 MB RAM, microSD card slot, 32 GB expandable memory, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, microUSB, Bluetooth, NFC (Near Field Communication), and GPS.

ZTE Kis:

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The ZTE Kis is an entry level smartphone. It comes with a 3.5 inch HVGA display, sporting a resolution of 320 x 480 pixels, 800 MHz Qualcomm MSM7225A processor, Android 2.3.5 (Gingerbread) Operating System, 3.2 megapixel camera with LED flash, 256MB RAM, 200 MB internal memory, microSD card slot, 32 GB expandable memory, microUSB, NFC (Near Field Communication), and GPS.

The ZTE Skate Acqua, ZTE Kis, and ZTE Blade II will be available in most of the European and Asian markets in the coming months. The price of these devices is still a mystery.

Orange Announces The Intel Medfield Powered Santa Clara Smartphone

Earlier today, the Indian manufacturer Lava unveiled the Intel Medfield powered Lava XOLO X900 smartphone. On the same day, we have another smartphone which runs on the same Intel Medfield processor. Yes, we are talking about the rumored Orange Santa Clara. Intel and Orange recently announced the new Santa Clara smartphone at the Mobile World Congress (MWC) 2012 in Barcelona.

The Orange Santa Clara is basically a codename of this device. The commercial name of this smartphone will be unveiled during the launch. This handset will be exclusively available to the Orange subscribers in the UK and France. The Orange Santa Clara will feature a number of locally-relevant and unique services including Orange TV, Dailymotion, Deezer, Orange Wednesdays, Your Orange and Orange Gestures.

Yves Maitre, Senior Vice President of Mobile Multimedia and Devices, Orange, said,

“For ten years, Orange has pioneered a successful own-branded approach to delivering to its customers high quality, affordable handsets in all price ranges, packed with locally relevant and unique services and features. We are delighted to be partnering with Intel to add such an exceptional device to our portfolio.”

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The Orange Santa Clara features a 4 inch touchscreen display, sporting a resolution of 600 x 1024 pixel, 1.6 GHz Intel Atom Z2460 processor, Android 2.3 Gingerbread OS, (upgradable to Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich OS), 8 megapixel rear facing camera, full HD (1080p) video recording and playback, 1.3 megapixel front-facing camera for video calls, and much more.

Other features include a 3.5 mm headset jack, 16 GB internal memory, Bluetooth 2.1, A-GPS support, WiFi 802.11 b/g/n, 3G Connectivity, HDMI, Micro USB, NFC (Near Field Communication), and 14 days of stand-by time. This handset measures 123 x 63 x 9.99mm and weighs 117 g.

Orange UK and France customers will have to wait till summer, to get their hands on this device. The price and commercial name of Orange Santa Clara will be announced during the launch.

Fujitsu Unveils The Android Powered Fujitsu Stylistic M532 Tablet

Fujitsu is not popular for manufacturing tablet devices. However, the company just announced a new multimedia tablet, the Fujitsu Stylistic M532 at the Mobile World Congress (MWC) 2012 in Barcelona. It comes with a large 10.1 inch display as well as a 1.4 GHz Nvidia Tegra 3 quad-core processor. Android fans won’t be disappointed, since the powerful Fujitsu Stylistic M532 tablet runs on the Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich) Operating System. This tablet is specially designed for business professionals. It comes with pre-installed, licensed, and ready–to-use business software apps including Office suite, file viewer, and file editor.

Craig Parker, Head of Product Marketing, Fujitsu Technology Product Group, said,

“Thanks to the Stylistic M532, ultra-mobile professional users no longer need to compromise on their choice of tablet device – or indeed carry separate devices for business and leisure. The Stylistic M532 is the first tablet to truly deliver hybrid tablet computing, where during the working day both device and business data are secured within corporate networks, while after hours multimedia content can be safely accessed.”

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The Fujitsu Stylistic M532 features a 10.1 inch WXGA display, sporting a resolution of 1280 x 800 pixel, 1.4 GHz Nvidia Tegra 3 quad-core processor, Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich) OS, 8 megapixel rear camera with autofocus and flash, 2 megapixel front-facing camera for video chat, Micro USB 2.0, Bluetooth 3.0, and more.

It also comes with a 3.5 mm headset jack, 1 GB RAM, memory card slot, built-in speakers, Docking connector for Port Replicator, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, 3G Connectivity, DLNA, GPS, Symantec Norton Tablet Security, 4 hours of charging time, up to 9.5 hours of video playback, and a 3.170 mAh Lithium polymer battery.

This device measures 262.6 x 175.4 x 8.6 mm and weighs 560 g. The Fujitsu Stylistic M532 tablet will be available in the UK from early summer. The price of this device will be announced shortly.

Panasonic Eluga Power: Android 4.0 ICS, 1.5 GHz Dual Core CPU, 8 MP Camera

There are so many impressive new devices being launched at MWC 2012 this year, that it’s almost sad that despite being so full of potential, most of them will be overshadowed by others which are just marginally better in terms of specifications or are backed by a known brand. The Panasonic Eluga Power will probably end up as one of those. Despite its weird name, the Panasonic Eluga Power seems to be a very impressive Android smartphone.

Panasonic Eluga Power Specifications

The Panasonic Eluga Power is powered by a 1.5 GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 dual core processor. It sports a 5.0 inch LCD display with a resolution of 1280 x 720 pixels. It is just 9.6 mm slim, weighs 133 gms, and has a sleek design. It comes with a 1800 mAh battery and apparently offers a fast charging feature.

It comes with an 8 MP camera with autofocus, 1080p video recording and 8x digital zoom. It also offers 8 GB of internal storage with 32 GB microSD card support. It will run Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich, presumably with some custom UI overlay by Panasonic.

Panasonic Eluga Power

“The ELUGA power is a real landmark for us as it redefines everything a modern smartphone should be. For too long, smartphones have either compromised on looks to embrace new features or dropped functionality in the pursuit of the perfect form. The ELUGA power marks a true turning point – delivering both high performance and high-end style,” said Toshiya Matsumura, General Manager, Head of Mobile Communications, Panasonic System Communications Europe.

Check out the entire press release at Engadget.

Intel And Lava Unveils The Intel Medfield Powered Lava XOLO X900

We already knew that Lava was planning to launch the Intel Medfield powered smartphone. Today, Intel and Lava finally announced the rumored Intel Medfield powered Lava XOLO X900 at the Mobile World Congress (MWC) 2012 in Barcelona. This handset will be first launched in India. The Lava XOLO X900 runs on the old Android 2.3 (Gingerbread) Operating System. However, we are not sure if the device will get the Android 4.0 update in the near future.

“India is one of the fastest-growing smartphone markets with the world’s second-largest mobile subscriber base,” said Mike Bell, Intel vice president and general manager of the Mobile and Communications Group. “We are pleased to be working with Lava to bring the best of Intel computing to the India market. Lava’s XOLO X900 device is a great result of our collaboration. It also demonstrates how innovative and compelling products can be brought to market through strong partnerships by using Intel’s smartphone reference design as a foundation.”

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Earlier, it was rumored that the Lava’s Medfield powered handset will feature a 3.5 inch display, However, the Lava XOLO X900 comes with a large 4.03 inch LCD touchscreen display. It also features a 1.6GHz Atom Z2460 processor, 8 megapixel rear camera, HD (720p) video recording and playback, front-facing camera for video calls, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, 3G Connectivity, NFC (Near Field Communication), HDMI, and much more.

The complete specs of this device is currently not available. However, we will update the post as soon as we get the complete specs, official pics, and videos. The Lava XOLO X900 will be launched in India during the Q2 of 2012. The price of this handset will be announced later.

Opera Mini Next Goes Social

Even though smartphones rule the roost in MWC, Opera Software hasn’t forgotten about its dumb phone users. Opera Mini Next 7, which was unveiled earlier today, introduces many of the conveniences of a smartphone to J2ME powered budget handsets.

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Typically, Opera has dedicated its entire new tab page to speed dials, which are visual bookmarks that provide one click access to a user’s favorite websites. However, Opera Mini 7 features something called “Smart Page”. Speed dials are still there; however, they are now tucked away in a separate tab, and like its more abled sibling, Opera Mini now supports an unlimited number of speed dials. The Smart Page itself is an amalgamation of content from various places around the web, including social networks. Check out the video below to get an idea about how Smart Page works.

Opera’s CEO Lars Boilesen explained the rationale behind the new start page in the press release.

“When people think of using social networks on the go, they often imagine a smartphone with the latest apps installed. At Opera, we know that’s not the way a majority of mobile phone owners access their social networks. That’s why we’ve made ‘ordinary’ phones smarter, by making it easier to use the most popular social networks right in the first screen of Opera Mini for feature phones. Just because you’re on a more basic phone, doesn’t mean you can’t be a active social networker.”

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Unfortunately, Smart Page is restricted to only J2ME, BlackBerry and Symbian S60 devices for now. Opera Mini for smartphones like iOS and Android also received an update. However, on smartphones the focus was more on improving rendering and performance than adding new features.

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The preview release of Opera Mini 7 is available at opera.com/mobile/next/.