Nokia Unveils Four New Budget Phones

While all the headlines at Nokia World this morning will go

to the two new Windows Phone handsets, the Lumia 800 and Lumia 710, Nokia also

launched four new budget handsets running the Series 40 operating system.

The phones are directly aims at emerging markets and Nokia

CEO, Stephen Elop, spoke about connecting the “next billion,” with Nokia hoping

these phone will enable that.

The four phones will be marketed as the Asha range and we

are unlikely to see any of them any time soon in the UK.

The first phone in the range is the Asha 300 (below), which combines

a touch screen with a T9 keyboard. It will run Series 40 (S40) operating system and has

a 5 megapixel camera on the rear, and will be powered by a 1GHz processor –

which seems like a bit of overkill to us.

Nokia Asha 303

Like all the Asha range, the 300 will be shipped with the

new Nokia Browser, which will allow for “fast, affordable and localised Internet

access” by compressing web pages by up to 90 per cent. Oh and Angry Birds is now

available on S40 handsets, meaning our irate feathered friends only have

microwaves and washing machines left to conquer for world domination. The Asha

300 will be available for €65 later this year in selected markets.

Next up is the Asha 303, which again combines a 2.6in

capacitive touchscreen with a physical keyboard, this time of the QWERTY variety.  Again the phone will be powered by a

1GHz processor and will come with 3G connectivity and Wi-Fi. The 303 will be

available later this year costing around €115.

Nokia Asha 303

The Asha 200 and Asha 201 are basically the same phone with the

200 offering the option of having dual SIMs. The phones will be available in a

variety of colours including a lurid lime green and vibrant purple.

There is no touchscreen here, with the 2.4in screen having a

resolution of 320×240 pixels and it sits above a QWERTY keyboard. The phones can have up to 32GB of storage via microSD card

slots and the battery will allow for 52 hours of continuous music, according to

Nokia. Again the phones will have Angry Birds pre-installed and will come with

the new Nokia Browser.

Nokia Asha 200 Asha 201

As well as announcing the availability of Angry Birds on

S40, Nokia also officially announced the availability of messaging service WhatsApp

on S40 phones, however it has been available already for a month or so in beta

mode and so far one million people have signed up.

The Asha 200 will be available in late 2011 while the Asha

201 will come in early 2012, both costing around €60.

We’re on the ground at Nokia World and will be getting some hands on time with the new Asha range and bringing you out initial thoughts very soon. For now, let us know in the comments what you think of Nokia’s new budget handsets.