Nokia unveils Asha 305, Asha 306 and Asha 311

The Asha range first launched last October, but that initial range has just been boosted by three new models, the Asha 305, Asha 306 and Asha 311.

Like the original phones, these are geared very much towards the budget market, but with the look and at times, the functionality, of higher-priced handsets. Nokia talks of them being pitched at 'young, social consumers', which pretty much sums them up.

All the phones offer the new Nokia Browser 2.0, which uses Nokia's cloud technology to reduce data consumption by up to 90% – meaning cheaper net access for users and sites loading three times as fast (compared to non-cloud accelerating devices). If games are more your thing, all the devices come with the option to download 40 EA games for free, including the likes of Tetris, Bejeweled, Need for Speed and  FIFA 12. The Nokia Asha 311 also comes with 15 levels of Angry Birds preloaded onto the phone.

Talking of the Asha 311, that's a 3.5G capacitive touch-screen device powered by a 1GHz processor and featuring a 3.2-meapixel camera, pre-installed Nokia Maps, a preloaded social client for easy access to Facebook, Twitter and many other global social networks, along with WhatsApp for cross-platform messaging.

The Nokia Asha 305 is an easy swap dual-SIM phone with a three-inch WQVGA resistive touch-screen, Bluetooth and dual band connectivity. There's also a  two-megapixel camera and Nokia Maps. The Asha 306 is similar in terms of features, throwing in Wi-Fi and video streaming via Wi-Fi and GPRS.

As for prices, the Nokia Asha 305 will cost €63 and it's expected to start shipping in the second quarter of 2012. The Nokia Asha 306 will sell for €68, while the Asha 311 is available for €92. Both of those devices are expected to start shipping in the third quarter of 2012.

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