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:

nokia asha 203

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.

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.”

nokia asha 302

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.

Nokia Announces New Asha Series of Symbian S40 Phones

Nokia kicked off this year’s Nokia World conference by announcing a new range of Symbian S40 handsets called Asha. The four devices that Nokia demoed are Nokia Asha 200, Asha 201, Asha 300 and Asha 303. The word Asha means “hope” in Sanskrit.

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Nokia Asha 303 is the most power packed handset of the lot. It has a decently sized 2.6″ capacitive touchscreen as well as a full QWERTY keypad, and is powered by a 1 GHz processor. 3.2 MP camera, expandable memory (up to 32 GB). 3G, Wi-Fi, social network integration, instant messaging, and email are few of the other features. Some of the apps that Nokia is bundling with Asha 303 are Facebook Chat, Whatsapp messaging, and Nokia Maps for Series 40. It will be available in two colors (Red and Graphite) and will cost around 115 EUR, excluding taxes and subsidies.

The Asha 300 features a slightly smaller 2.4screen, retains the 1 GHz processor and QWERTY keypad, degrades the touchscreen to resistive, and amps up the camera to 5 megapixel. As a result, Asha 300 will set you back by only 85 EUR. It is also available in the same selection of colors as Asha 303.

The Asha 200 is Nokia’s latest dual-SIM handset with “Easy Swap” functionality. You can change SIMs whenever you feel like without having to switch off or restart your phone. The screen size is still 2.4 inch; however, it is no longer touch sensitive. It also has other features like high performing loudspeaker, enhanced stereo FM radio and ringtone tuning that are popular among the masses. Asha 200 will be available in as many as eight different colors and cost 60 EUR. Asha 201 is a single SIM variant of the Asha 200 and will retail for approximately the same price.

All the handsets will come preloaded with Nokia own browser, which uses remote rendering and compression in Opera Mini style to speed up browsing and save bandwidth. However, the biggest news on the apps side is that Nokia Asha 303 and 300 will come preloaded with Angry Birds! With the exception of Asha 201, all the devices are expected to ship in the fourth quarter of 2011. You will have to wait until 2012 to get your hands on Asha 201.