Chandrakant 'CK' Isi
19:19 18th Oct, 2012
Nokia Launches Asha 308 And 309; Prices Start From Rs 6200
Series 40 phones come with a 3" screen, 2 mp camera, and 40 free-to-download EA titles.
After making the announcement last month, Nokia has finally launched the Asha 308 and 309 in India. Both these feature phones are based on a touch-friendly version of Series 40 software, and feature a 3" capacitive touchscreen. The Asha 308 is a dual-SIM, dual standby handset that comes with a hot-swappable secondary SIM card slot. The USP of the 309 is its Wi-Fi connectivity. Here are the detailed specs:
- 3" capacitive multi-touch LCD screen with pixel dimensions of 240x400.
- 2.0 megapixel main camera with fixed focus, Flash absent; Video Capture: 176x144 pixels at 10 fps.
- Aperture: 2.8F; Focal Length: 3.6 mm; Camera Features: Landscape orientation, Exposure compensation, Auto and manual white balance, Still image editor, Full screen viewfinder, Self timer, Centre-weighted auto exposure.
- Series 40 platform; Nokia Maps and Nokia Music support; pre-loaded with Nokia Xpress Browser and WhatsApp.
- Micro-USB port, 3.5 mm jack with TV-Out.
- Bluetooth 3.0; FM Radio with RDS and recording, Wi-Fi (only in the 309).
- 128 MB internal storage; MicroSD card slot (supports up to 32 GB).
- Supported Multimedia Formats: MP3, MF, ASF, WAV, AAC, AMR, AWB, M4V, M4A, AVI, NRT, WMA, 3GP, 3G2, MIDI, WMVAMR-NB, Mobile XMF, eAAC+.
- 1110 mAh battery, Orientation sensor, Accelerometer.
- Package contents: Charger AC-11, Battery BL-4U, Stereo Headset WH-102.
Thankfully, neither handset features a resistive screen — which was hated on the Asha 305. Nokia hasn't given out any information about CPU and RAM, so it's difficult to compare these with others in their category. As part of the company's deal with Electronic Arts, 40 game titles have been offered for free with these newly released phones. The Asha 308 is priced at Rs 6200, while the 309 costs around Rs 6400.
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