The Nokia Asha 308 and Asha 309 price and release date details have been revealed for the mid-range market, a segment in which the Finnish manufacturer plays rather well. The company claims the phones to be its most affordable capacitive touchscreen members so far.
Both the Asha Touch handsets are essentially the same when it waters down to specifications. Each shows off a 3-inch WVGA capacitive display with multiple homescreens. Apart from loud speakers, they feature 2G connectivity, 32GB microSD card support and stereo radio. Additionally, Nokia’s deal with EA means that users can download up to 40 mobile games for free.
“Our innovative Asha Touch family of devices is designed for people who want a great smartphone experience with lower running costs. 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,” remarked Timo Toikkanen, executive vice president, Mobile Phones, Nokia.
Nokia Xpress Browser can apparently ensure roughly 90% more efficient surfing and quicker access to web apps as pitted against regular browsers. Moving onto what’s different between the two handsets, the 309 is a single SIM device with Wi-Fi support. The 308 marks itself apart with dual SIM capability and Easy Swap technology. The former will be available in black or white colors, while the latter will arrive in black or gold.
The Nokia Asha 308 and Asha 309 price details indicate that the phones will retail at about $99, excluding taxes as well as subsidies. There’s nothing very concrete on the release date, but for the information that they are scheduled to commence shipping before the year’s end.