Nokia unveils Asha 308 and Asha 309 smart feature phones

Nokia unveils Asha 308 and Asha 309 smart feature phonesNokia's Windows Phones may attract all the attention – and a lot of it for the wrong reasons – but we imagine Espoo's feature phone division is the happier place to work.

The unassuming Asha line has been doing a solid (if unspectacular) job at the bottom end of the mobile phone market, and now we have two more to add to the mix: the Asha 308 and Asha 309.

In fact, such has been Nokia's success in blurring the lines between smartphone and non-smartphone that some industry analysts now reckon Series 40 devices are actually smartphones in all but name.

As for these two, it's a familiar story from previous Asha launches in that they are by and large the same phone, but the 308 supports GSM/EDGE 850 and 1900MHz frequencies and can house two SIM cards.

Otherwise, both have 3in WQVGA touchscreen displays, an 800MHz processor and a 2-megapixel camera. You get a 2GB microSD card in the box, and you'll need it with just 20MB of on-board storage. The battery is a modest 1110mAh unit, but that should be enough considering the spec.

Both are expected to go on sale in Q4, and will cost the equivalent of around $99 plus local taxes and subsidies.

Via Engadget

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JanSt / MOD  Sep. 25, 2012 at 16:08

They are nice phones, but come on! 3in screens!!! I find it almost impossible to type on the 701 which has a 3.5in screen - the X7 just about worked out thanks to 4 inches.

Pondlife  Sep. 25, 2012 at 16:37

Remind me a bit of the razr, could be they are expecting a younger market for these with maybe smaller fingers Jan. Impressively low on board storage. Surely it'd be cheaper to put 2gb inside rather than 20mb and 2gb micro sd?

JanSt / MOD  Sep. 25, 2012 at 19:11

I've never understood packing small memory cards into the sales package. I remember my K750i shipped with a 256MB card....
The thing is, those new gen S40 handsets are quite powerful. And just as many upload-/share-apps as many smartphones. 20MB onboard is enough for S40/java apps, but hey... 2GB is really pft

Pondlife  Sep. 25, 2012 at 19:24

Guess it's easier to change included memory for different markets, lower one for Ireland most likely. ;)
Can't recall if/what came with last SE, m2 cards ftl. Glad they stopped with that nonsense.

JanSt / MOD  Sep. 25, 2012 at 19:27

Yeah... I was surprised when the discounted Xperia Play shipped with a 16GB card (more useful than the phone :p )

Pondlife  Sep. 25, 2012 at 19:37

Really badly worked through that one, good idea, huge potential market hamstrung by crappy hardware.

JanSt / MOD  Sep. 25, 2012 at 19:44

I say... Put it beside a PSP, ffs... It's pathetic.


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