Budget touchscreens now offer faster web browsing
You might think Nokia's focus is purely on the Lumia range these days. But the budget market still brings in some much-needed cash for the Finnish maker, with the Nokia Asha 308 and 309 the latest additions to that range.
Running on Nokia's Series 40 platform, the handsets are affordable touch-screen devices, offering the smartphone experience, but without the high costs of a premium smartphone. The main difference? The 308 is dual-SIM, the 309 just uses the single SIM card.
Talking of affordable, both handsets use a new version of Nokia Xpress Browser, which enables up to 90% more efficient mobile browsing and faster access to rich web applications compared to conventional browsers. Useful for 2G-only phones. They also offer a fluid 'swipe' user interface on the 3-inch WQVGA capacitive display, multiple home screens, stereo radio, loud speakers and up to 32GB microSD card support.
The phones also come with 40 premium EA games, social features such as standalone Facebook and Twitter clients, the Nokia Messaging Service, and video streaming through the browser from sites like YouTube - a first within the Asha Touch range.
Nokia has quoted $99 as a price, so expect a UK retail price to be well under the £100 mark when they land towards the end of the year.