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Nokia Asha 305, 306, and 311 now official

Cheap touchscreen trio
by Neps Firmalan | Jun 7, 2012
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Looks like Nokia is givin' more lovin' to its affordable Asha range as the Finnish phone maker has just announced 3 more spawns to its pang-masa line. Techies, we introduce you to the Asha 305, 306, and 311, a trio of touchscreen handsets that won't burn a deep hole through your pockets.

These new Ashas will run on what is called Asha Touch which is a new interface made by Nokia and sport an updated version of the Nokia Browser. As for the innards, the Asha 305 and 306 come with similar specs like a 2-megapixel camera, FM radio tuner, and music player. The sad news is both devices' 3-inch touchscreens are of the resistive kind. But hey, maybe you'll like the fact that the couple comes with 40 pre-installed EA games. Not only that, the Asha 306 packs Wi-Fi connectivity while the Asha 305 is a dual-SIM handset.

Meanwhile, the Asha 311 is the most well-endowed of these new Ashas. It's powered by a 1GHz CPU and boasts a 3.2-megapixel shooter, Wi-Fi and 3G connectivity, and a 3-inch scratch resistant, capacitive display. Nice! Add to that 40 pre-installed EA games (like with the Asha 305 and 306) and 15 preloaded levels of Angry Birds.

As for pricing and availability, the Asha 305 is coming first followed by the Asha 306 and the 311 in the next few months. Estimated pricing are as follows:

  • Asha 305 - $85 (about P3,600)
  • Asha 306 - $93 (about P4,000)
  • Asha 311 - $121 (about P5,000)  

No word yet if these handsets will arrive in the Philippines but, given how Nokia has been really active here recently, we expect the trio to make local landfall before the year ends.

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