Nokia Announces Asha 205 With Dedicated Facebook Button

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.

Nokia Breaks Their Billion S40 Mark

Break out the bubbly, Nokia has officially broken a billion sales of their Series 40 handsets. 1.5 billion to be exact.

In their effort to bring Series 40 to the emerging masses, Nokia promised to reach the “next billion”. Today Nokia announced they have broken 1.5 billion S40 handsets sold. The Nokia Asha 303 was the lucky handset to be handed off to the lucky purchaser, 21 year old Mayara Rodrigues. With a celeb-like fanfare, Mayara met with Vice President of Nokia Brazil Almir Narcizo, and Retail Network President, Luiza Helena Trajano for their inaugural moment (pictured above).

It was Mary McDowell who promised Nokia would help “connect the next billion”. She was referring to emerging markets, new smartphone owners and people who are using their first internet connection from a mobile phone. As the Executive Vice President for Nokia, McDowell is incredibly proud to reach this milestone.

“Having 1.5 billion Series 40 devices sold is a hard-to-reach mark, let alone one attainable in a single line of products. At a time when we are maintaining our commitment to connecting the next billion customers around the world – it is gratifying to consider how Series 40 devices have made mobile technology accessible and help continue to change people’s lives for the better.”

It’s fitting that the 303 was the device Mayara chose, as the name Asha is sanskrit for ‘hope’. Announced at Nokia World 2011, the Nokia Asha 303 is a Touch and Type Series 40 handset. It features a full hardware QWERTY keyboard and a touchscreen, for dual functionality. The milestone mobile was purchased from a Magazine Luiza store in São Paulo. Mayara purchased it as she “loves staying in touch with friends and family through social networks.”

Hey Nokia, what’s cooler than a million billion? The next billion.

Nokia C2-05 and X2-05 S40 Based Phones Announced

Nokia has today announced two new S40 based phones, the C2-05 and the X2-05. While the C2-05 has a slider form factor, the X2-05 has a candy-bar form factor.


The C2-05 has a 2-inch screen with QVGA (320×240) resolution, along with a dual-band GSM antenna. At the back of the handset is a VGA camera with digital zooming capabilities. Nokia quotes the battery life of the C2-05 at around 20 days on standby, and/or 4 hours of talk time.

The X2-05 has a bigger 2.2-inch screen with QVGA resolution. Being a music-oriented phone, the handset has a very loud loudspeaker, rated at 106phons. Like the C2-05, the X2 also has a VGA camera at its back. Nokia rates the X2-05 battery life at around 25 days on standby, and or four hours of talk time.

Both the handsets feature an MP3/MP4 player, FM radio, Bluetooth, microSD card slot and a built-in voice recorder. The phones will also come with Nokia Browser and access to the Nokia Store, along with dedicated Facebook and Twitter clients. In China, the handsets will come pre-loaded with a special app for access to the social network QQ.

The C2-05 will be available in a variety of colors including pink, peacock blue and dynamic grey, while the X2-05 will be available in Black, White, Silver, and Bright Red. The handsets will be available sometime in Q4 of this year, with the former costing 50 Euros and the latter being priced at 46 Euros, before taxes and subsidies.

Nokia Launches The C3-01 Gold Edition With 1GHz Processor

Last year, Nokia launched the C3-01 entry-level touchscreen phone. This handset originally runs on the 680 MHz processor and it is powered by the Symbian S40 6th edition Operating System. I have already used this handset for a couple of month and felt that, the phone was over-priced. The display is quite small for a touchscreen phone, the 5 megapixel camera is pathetic and the OS is not even worth mentioning.

Now, after a year, Nokia launched the “Gold Edition” of its not-so-popular Nokia C3-01 entry level touchscreen phone. The are no major changes in the specs of the device, except the fact that, the Nokia C3-01 Gold Edition runs on the powerful 1 GHz processor, instead of the 680 MHz processor.

nokia c3 01 gold edition

Nokia C3-01 Gold Edition Specifications:

  • 2.4 inch touchscreen display
  • 240 x 320 pixels resolution
  • 1 GHz processor
  • Series 40 6th edition OS
  • Full keypad
  • Dedicated camera and volume keys
  • WLAN 802.11 b,g,n
  • 3G Connectivity
  • 5 megapixel camera with LED flash
  • Up to 4x digital xoom
  • Video capture in QVGA at up to 30 fps
  • VGA at up to 15 fps
  • Media Player with metadata ID3 tags
  • Ovi Music support
  • Stereo FM radio with RDS
  • 30 MB internal memory
  • MicroSD memory card slot
  • 32 GB expandable memory
  • Stereo Bluetooth 2.1 with EDR
  • High-Speed USB 2.0
  • Up to 20 hours music playback time
  • Up to 405 hours of standby time
  • Up to 5 hours 30 mins of talk time
  • 1050 mAh Li-ion battery

This handset measures 111 x 47.5 x 11mm and weighs 100g. The Nokia C3-01 Gold Edition comes with a price-tag of €220 (approx.$320/ Rs.14,500), excluding local taxes or operator subsidies. This handset has already started shipping in selected markets and it will extend to more markets in coming weeks.

Nokia C2-02 Touch And Type Phone Announced

nokia c2 02Nokia today announced the entry level Nokia C2-02 phone with the Touch and Type technology. This handset comes with a touchscreen display as well as physical slide-out T9 keypad. This specs of this handset is basically the same compared to the recently announced Nokia C2-03 device, except the Dual-SIM functionality. Check out the complete specs below.

Mary McDowell, the head of Nokia’s Mobile Phones business unit, said: “These phones all offer a web, maps and messaging experience second to none in the market. And with the choice of a touch screen or a keypad, we really have made everything available and easy to use in an affordable phone that comes in both Dual or single SIM options.”

Nokia C2-02 features a touchscreen display with 240 x 320 pixels resolution, Series 40 User Interface, 2 megapixel camera, 3.5mm headset jack, 10 MB internal memory, microSD cardslot, 32 GB expandable memory, 2GB MicroSD card included, GPRS/EGPRS, Bluetooth v2.1 with EDR, micro USB 2.0, up to 35 hours music playback, up to 600 hours stand-by time, up to 5 hours talk-time and a 1020 mAh battery. This handset measures 103 mm x 51.4 mm x 17 mm and weighs 115 g.

Nokia C2-02 will be available in 2 colors – Chrome Black and Golden White. This handset comes with a price tag of EUR 75 (approx. $105/ Rs. 5,000). Nokia C2-02 is expected to hit the market in the third quarter of 2011.

Nokia Announces The Nokia C2-03 Dual SIM Phone

Nokia recently announced the Nokia C2-03 dual-SIM phone with with Touch and Type technology at the Nokia Connection in Singapore.. The Nokia C2-03 is company’s third Touch and Type device and the first device to feature a Dual-SIM functionality with the Touch and Type form factor. Nokia C2-03 comes with the Easy Swap feature which allows you to open the slot on the side of the phone and insert the new SIM, without the need to reboot the device.

nokia c2 03

“The Nokia C2-03 makes managing multiple SIMs simpler, without compromising on any other features. Why should consumers have to choose between touch and keypad, or forego a great web, map, entertainment or email experience? With the Nokia C2-03 we have made it all available on one affordable device,” said Mary McDowell, the head of Nokia’s Mobile Phones business unit.

Nokia C2-03 features a touchscreen display with 240 x 320 pixels resolution, Series 40 User Interface, microSD cardslot, 32 GB expandable memory, 2GB MicroSD card included, GPRS/EGPRS, Bluetooth v2.1 with EDR, micro USB 2.0, up to 35 hours music playback, up to 400 hours stand-by time, up to 5 hours talk-time and a 1020 mAh battery. This handset measures 103 mm x 51.4 mm x 17 mm and weighs 118 g.

This handset will be available in 3 colors – Graphite, Golden Buff and Lilac. The Nokia C2-03 will be available in Q3 2011 in India, China, SEAP, Eurasia and MEA. It comes with a price tag of €77 (approx. Rs.5,000).

Ovi Store Receives Fit And Finish Update

Let’s face it, the Ovi Store might not really stack up to some of the offerings from the competition, fortunately, the folks at Nokia are working away at making it a better experience for users. Today, the Ovi Store got a small update that polishes things up just a bit more by adding the much needed feature of spelling correction. Text input on a mobile device can be a bit finicky, by using intelligent search correction, the Ovi Store can correct your spelling and search for the most relevant item you are looking for.

The update also brings the addition of Hindi and Arabic languages to the S40 client, which also receives an update that packages up a brand new UI that makes it easier for users to locate and download apps, games, themes and music. The updates are live now and are a welcomed addition to the growing Ovi Store. Visit the Nokia Ovi Blog for the official word.

Nokia C3 Firmware Updated to V07.20

Nokia has rolled out a new firmware update for the Nokia C3. The Nokia C3 sports a 2.4-inch QVGA display along with a QWERTY keyboard in a bar form factor. The handset sports a 2MP camera and also features Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, FM radio, 3.5mm audio jack and a microSD card slot. The handset runs on Symbian S40 OS.


The new firmware update is numbered v07.20 and aims at improving the performance and stability of the device along with some bug fixes. Nokia C3 owners can update the firmware of their handset either by entering *#0000# on their handset and selecting Check for updates or via Nokia Software Updater.

Users are recommended to make a backup of their device data before proceeding with the firmware update.

Nokia C2-01 And X2-01 Entry Level Phones Announced

Nokia have just announced two new entry level phones the C2-01 and the X2-01. The Nokia C2-01 sports a 2-inch QVGA screen along with a 3.2MP camera, Bluetooth, microSD card slot, FM radio and a 3.5mm audio jack. The C2-01 will also be the cheapest 3G capable handset from the Finnish giant. Nokia C2_01

On the other hand, the Nokia X2-01 packs a 2.4-inch QVGA screen, full QWERTY keyboard, FM radio, VGA camera, microSD card slot and a 3.5mm audio jack. Sadly, the X2-01 only supports EDGE and not 3G. Both the phones will be running on Symbian S40 platform so multi-tasking is a strict no-no. The C2-01 will have Nokia Messaging pre-installed for all your IM and email needs while the X2-01 will come with Nokia’s Communities app pre-installed.

The Nokia C2-01 is expected to be available in Q1 of 2011 and should cost 70 euros including taxes. The X2-01 will hit the retail stores by the holiday season this year and will cost 80 euros after taxes.


Nokia X2-01 Details Surface; Another Low-end QWERTY Packing S40 Phone

Looks like Nokia is soon going to release another low-end QWERTY based phone running on S40 the X2-01. Eldar over at Mobile-Review has posted some pictures and the rumored specifications of the X2-01. The Nokia X2-01 looks similar to the Nokia C3 except that it lacks Wi-Fi. The X2-01 will be sporting a 2.44-inch QVGA display.Nokia_X2_01

The phone will also sport 2G (no 3G), Bluetooth, FM Radio and a microSD card slot. The back of the handset also sports a 3MP camera without flash. The handset will also feature two dedicated buttons for music and messaging. It’s evident from the specs of the handset that Nokia will be positioning the X2-01 a slot below the C3.

Nokia will be targeting the X2-01 towards emerging markets like India and Brazil.