While everyone is expecting Nokia to announce its first Windows Phone smartphones, the Finnish company decided to start the Nokia World event with several “lighter” announcements
Without further ado, Nokia presents the Asha series comprising four affordable S40 phones: 200, 201, 300 and 303.
Aimed at emerging markets, such as India and Africa, the Asha series comes in different sizes and form factors to meet any user's demands.
The first device presented at Nokia World, Asha 200
features a standard candybar form factor and comes with a full portrait QWERTY keyboard
that allows users to type faster and more accurate.
Between the screen and keyboard, there's big D-pad, allowing for one-handed management, as well as two contextual buttons and four touch-sensitive shortcut keys.
It is also worth mentioning that the Asha 200 offers multi-SIM support and multi-swap, allowing users to switch between their SIMs without having to reboot the handset. A microSD card slot for memory expansion is included as well (up to 32GB).
The second device of the new series is the Nokia Asha 201
,which features the same hardware configuration as the Asha 200, but without the dual-SIM
Nokia Asha 300
is another feature-phone that comes with a touchscreen display, but lacks the QWERTY keyboard.
The phone features a bar form factor and embeds the standard numeric keypad. Other highlights of the phone include a 5-megapixel camera along with microSD card slot for memory expansion (up to 32GB).
Along with the Asha 303
, which has the same features, but comes with a QWERTY keyboard instead of the regular one, Asha 300 is aimed at users who like to stay in touch with their friends and families via social networking services.
According to Nokia, all four Asha series phones will be powered by 1GHz processors. No word on pricing options and release dates yet.UPDATE:
Check out below the detailed photo gallery with all four devices.