Nokia has added three budget touch-screen handsets to its Asha range of smartphones.
The Asha 305, 306 and 311 are the first handsets in the 10-strong Asha family to feature a new touch interface. All three devices will sell for less than £100, although no UK release date has been confirmed. Nokia said the Asha 311 (pictured) is a 'fast and fluid 3.5G capacitive touch-screen device'. It has a 1GHz processor and a 3.2-megapixel camera. The Asha 305 has a dual Sim, while the single Sim Asha 306 was described by Nokia as its most affordable Wi-Fi handset to date. All three devices come with 40 EA games to download for free.
Nokia executive VP for mobile phones Mary T. McDowell said: 'By introducing the Asha Touch phones to the market, we're accelerating our commitment to connect the next billion consumers. These phones deliver on what young, urban people value most -– a great-looking device; and an intuitive and affordable experience for connecting to the internet, to their friends, and to a world of entertainment, web apps and content.'
The Asha 305 will ship during the second quarter of this year with a price tag of €63 (£50.96). Both the Asha 306 and Asha 311 will ship in the third quarter, priced €68 (£55.00) and €92 (£74.44) respectively.
Neil Mawston, executive director of devices research at Strategy Analytics, said: 'Nokia is taking another interesting step forward in connecting consumers to the internet, seeking to improve their experience through a new touch user-interface that is allowing the company to compete in new mass market price bands. The mass market is a competitive segment, but we believe Nokia's upgraded Asha portfolio has included an attractive package that can enable consumers to have lower running costs, taking advantage of things like its compressed browser and a long life battery.'
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