Nokia’s Asha range of phones have blurred the line between smartphone and feature phone before, particularly with the recent new full touchscreen models, but it’s not until now that Nokia has directly referred to them as only smartphones.
While that point is up for debate, there’s no doubt that the Series 40 operating system is better looking and has more features than ever before, so what do the new Asha 308 and Asha 309 have to offer?
We’ll talk about the Asha 309, as the 308 is almost exactly the same, with the only major difference being the addition of a dual-SIM slot, a feature that’s popular in emerging markets around the world.
The Asha 309 has a 3-inch, 400 x 240 pixel resolution capacitive touchscreen, which is the same technology used on most modern touchscreen phones, and a step up from the resistive screen seen on some of the earlier Asha phones. The camera has 2 megapixels and no flash, and the 309 will only connect to a 2G network.
It does have Wi-Fi though, and comes with Nokia Maps, Bluetooth 3.0, a Facebook and Twitter app already installed, the Nokia Xpress web browser, access to an application store, and 40 free Electronic Arts games to download.
Series 40 looks good in the official video below, and the Asha 308/309 is an attractive handset, which weighs just 104 grams and measures 13.2mm thick. While it’s not a smartphone like the Galaxy S3 or the iPhone, it’s still perfectly capable, and the battery will offer more than 600 hours of standby — try that with your top-of-the-range device.
Nokia will put the new Asha 308 and Asha 309 on sale later this year, quoting a $99 price tag, which when converted over becomes around £60.