Nokia continues to keep on trucking with its Asha line, the Series 40-powered feature phone range aimed primarily at emerging markets. And its latest addition is the Asha 205, a new QWERTY candybar that comes with a dedicated Facebook button.
The Asha 205 launches alongside the Asha 206, a traditional candybar handset, and Slam, a new Bluetooth-based Nokia service that lets you share multimedia content with nearby devices instantly.
Nokia is no stranger to QWERTY keyboard-based handsets – its year-old Asha range has produced several – but the Asha 205 is the first to feature an actual Facebook button, the justification, we assume, for Nokia calling it the “most social Asha phone ever”.
That full keyboard sits beneath a 2.4in QVGA display, while there's a VGA camera on board and a microSD card slot. You have to live without 3G support, but Gmail, Facebook, eBuddy Chat and Twitter support is there and you get access to apps via the Nokia Store and 40 free EA Games titles via download.
The Asha 206, meanwhile, goes for a traditional candybar numberpad and a portrait-orientation 2.4in screen, but comes with a web-friendly apps and services package that includes eBuddy Chat, WhatsApp and a gift pack of 10 free “premium content items”.
Both handsets have been priced at around £39 before taxes and subsidies, though availability details have still to be confirmed. All we know is they'll be available in both single-SIM and dual-SIM guises sometime during Q4.
As for Slam, it's a service debuting on the Asha 205 and Asha 206 that will allow users to share photos, videos and the like across Bluetooth without the need to pair devices and without the receiving device even needing to have Slam.
Details are predictably thin on the ground, but Nokia says “in just a few clicks, people can 'Slam' their content to another device faster than with Bluetooth alone and without consuming internet data”.
However, Nokia does specify that it's not compatible with iOS and Windows Phone. Which means it is compatible with Android, surely? Anyone any the wiser?