JAKARTA, INDONESIA--(Marketwire - Sep 25, 2012) - The Nokia Asha 308 and Nokia Asha 309
deliver a full smartphone experience enriched with new Nokia web services and
Nokia today unveiled the Nokia Asha 308 and Nokia Asha
309, the latest additions to the Asha Touch family of mobile devices. The dual
SIM Nokia Asha 308 and single SIM Nokia Asha 309 give consumers fast web
at low cost. To create this smarter Internet experience, Nokia released a new
version of Nokia Xpress Browser, which enables up to 90% more efficient mobile
browsing and faster access to rich web applications compared to conventional
The new devices offer a fluid 'swipe' user interface and an open environment
third-party application 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.
"Our innovative Asha Touch family of devices is designed for people who want a
great smartphone experience with lower running costs," said Timo Toikkanen,
executive vice president, Mobile Phones, Nokia. "By introducing the Nokia Asha
308 and Nokia Asha 309, we're expanding our affordable smartphone lineup and
bringing new mobile experiences to more people."
Nokia estimates the retail price for the Nokia Asha 308 and Nokia Asha 309 to
about USD 99, excluding taxes and subsidies, with shipping expected to start
the fourth quarter 2012.
Nokia's most affordable capacitive touchscreen device
The Nokia Asha 308 and Nokia Asha 309 are Nokia's most affordable capacitive
touchscreen devices to date. A view shared by independent analysts is that the
Asha line represents great smartphones available for less than USD 99.
Asha Touch family delivers all the core smartphone experiences, and with the
software developer kit, provides ever-increasing flexibility for developers to
build compelling new experiences for consumers," said Will Stofega, Mobile
Program Director, IDC.
The Nokia Asha 308 and Nokia Asha 309 are 2G-enabled devices featuring a 3.0''
WQVGA capacitive display, multiple home screens, stereo radio, loud speakers
up to 32GB microSD card support. The Nokia Asha 309 is the single SIM variant
with WiFi, while the Nokia Asha 308 is a dual SIM device featuring Nokia's
industry-leading Easy Swap technology. Easy Swap enables people to switch
between multiple SIM cards quickly and easily to get the best local tariffs
without having to remove the battery or turn off the phone.
The phones also come with the free* gift of 40 premium EA games, social
such as standalone Facebook and Twitter clients, the Nokia Messaging Service,
and video streaming through the browser from sites like YouTube - a first
the Asha Touch range.
New Services and Developer Tools
Nokia also introduced two extensions to its Xpress Browser Internet platform,
the only cloud-based web browser to support web apps:
* The Nokia Nearby web app helps people discover new places by searching
nearby locations and presenting the options on a map. The service is
available via Nokia Xpress Browser or as a feature within Nokia Maps.
* The Nokia Life+ web app will give millions of people access to content
spans education, health and infotainment to enhance their daily lives.
Life+ is available in English across 18 countries, with local versions
coming to India, China and Indonesia in the fourth quarter of this year.
Nokia Life+ can be accessed through Nokia Xpress Browser or the Nokia
Both services work with Asha Touch smartphones. In addition to these services,
Nokia introduced a new web-based tool that makes it even easier to build new
applications. With Nokia Xpress Web App Builder, publishers can create
web apps for Asha Touch devices, and even novices can turn their web content
into a fun and sophisticated web app for Nokia consumers.
*Data costs may apply.
Device images are available at www.press.nokia.com.
Xpress Web App Builder is available at xpresswebapps.nokia.com
Nokia is a global leader in mobile communications whose products have become
integral part of the lives of people around the world. Every day, more than
billion people use their Nokia to capture and share experiences, access
information, find their way or simply to speak to one another. Nokia's
technological and design innovations have made its brand one of the most
recognized in the world. For more information, visit
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