Some of the major mobile phone maker has already tried their luck by manufacturing a smartphone which focuses on the social networking sites, specially Facebook. Last year, HTC launched the mid-range HTC Chacha and HTC Salsa smartphones with a dedicated Facebook button. Even Vodafone launched the entry-level Vodafone 555 Blue with a Facebook button. Sadly, none of them managed to attract the Facebook addicts in developing countries.
Last month, Nokia joined the bandwagon and announced the company’s first QWERTY phone with a dedicated Facebook button, the Nokia Asha 205. It was already rumored that Nokia will replace the Facebook button with the QQ button before shipping it in China, since Facebook is already blocked up there and QQ is the most popular instant messaging service among Chinese users.
Today, Nokia finally confirmed the rumor and launched the Nokia 2050 in China. And you guessed it right! The Nokia 2050 comes with the exact same specs found in the Asha 205 minus the Facebook button and Asha branding. This device is specially targeted at the youngsters, who wants to stay connected with their friends and family on the go.
The Nokia 2050 comes with a 2.4 inch QVGA display, Series 40 Asha UI, full QWERTY keyboard, VGA camera, Nokia Xpress Browser, Nokia Life+, Bluetooth 2.1 with EDR, 3.5 mm headset jack, Slam feature, 10 MB internal memory, MicroSD card slot, 32 GB expandable memory, GPRS/EDGE, 2.0 mm charger connector, up to 25 days of stand-by time, up to 11 hours of talk-time and a 1020 mAh battery.
The Nokia 2050 comes with a price tag of 399 Chinese Yuan (approx. $65). You will also get an exclusive gift of 40 EA games which includes titles such as Tetris, Bejeweled, Need for Speed The Run and EA Sports FIFA 12.
We have seen a number of entry-level and mid-range smartphones with a dedicated Facebook button. Even HTC tried their luck with the Android powered HTC ChaCha and HTC Salsa. Sadly, none of them managed to attract the Facebook addicts in developing countries. Today, Nokia announced its first handset with a dedicated Facebook button, the Nokia Asha 205.
This is an entry level device packed with basic features such as a 2.4 inch landscape display, dual-SIM capabilities, full QWERTY keyboard, VGA camera and more. This handset is specially designed for youngsters who wants one-click access to popular Facebook features. The messaging feature in Facebook for Every Phone app allows you to see your online friends and start messages/group chats in seconds.
Timo Toikkanen, executive vice president, Mobile Phones, Nokia, said,
“Globally, young consumers have increasingly started using Facebook for socializing, keeping in touch and striking new friendships. The launch of the Nokia Asha 205 responds to this growing demand and gives them a unique option for accessing Facebook while on-the-go. We have seen that many people who use Nokia Asha devices are hyper-social and we are proud to partner with Facebook to improve the user experience of those consumers further with the introduction of the Facebook button.”
The Nokia Asha 205 features a 2.4 inch QVGA display, Series 40 Asha UI, full QWERTY keyboard, VGA camera, Nokia Xpress Browser, Nokia Life+, 10 MB internal memory, MicroSD card slot, 32 GB expandable memory, GPRS/EDGE, 2.0 mm charger connector, Bluetooth 2.1 with EDR, 3.5 mm headset jack, Slam feature, up to 25 days of stand-by time, up to 11 hours of talk-time and a 1020 mAh battery.
This handset measures 113 x 61 x 13 mm and weighs just 94 grams. The Nokia Asha 205 will be available in Cyan, Magenta and Orange colors. This handset will be available in both single SIM and dual-SIM variants. The Nokia Asha 205 comes will go on sale by the end of this year for just $62 excluding taxes.