Nokia Asha 308 and 309 officially launched! Recognised as smartphones!

| September 25, 2012 | 26 Replies

Check out these bad boys, Nokia Asha 308 and 309. They’re a bit like the Asha 305 but so much sleeker! It’s like the love child of a Nokia N8 and C7 which then got super sleek and trendy.

[Tech Specs]

The new devices offer a fluid ‘swipe’ user interface and an open environment for third-party app development – characteristics that have earned the complete Asha Touch range full smartphone classification from global market research companies and analysts such as GfK and IDC.

The Asha 308 and Asha 309 feature 3-inch, scratch-resistant, capacitive touchscreens, a 2-megapixel camera, powerful built-in speakers and the fun-to-use Asha Touch operating system. 

The big deal here is what NokConv explains in the first paragraph. Yesterday you may have read Nokia India’s chief being asked about cheap Androids, to which he said they were half baked smartphones. Asha offers much more. Reviewers have been saying many times that these weren’t just cheap phones, but highly value for money phones offering great build, performance and smartphone function even though they were not officially recognised as a smartphone.

And now Asha are in the smartphone category. The original Asha touch were meant to fall into this but narrowly missed out. A shame as they were reported to being very popular, and could have helped Nokia’s marketshare for ‘smartphones’. Now they can.

The new models are Nokia’s most affordable capacitive touchscreen devices to date. Nokia estimates the retail price for the Nokia Asha 308 and Nokia Asha 309 to be about USD 99, excluding taxes and subsidies, with shipping expected to start in the fourth quarter of 2012. 



Cheers Vignesh, Weirdfisher


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