ESPOO, Finland – Nokia has unveiled two new Asha family members – Asha 205 and Asha 206, together with a new sharing technology, Slam.
The two new Asha phones are available in two versions, single and dual-SIM (Easy Swap technology), and will be shipped soon. These phones are designed to provide people with instant access to their social networks, and share contents with them.
Both phones will come with a price of USD 62 without any taxes or subsidies. The Nokia Asha 205 is QWERTY keyboard phone with Facebook button right in front. It has a 2.4-inch QVGA TFT display, a VGA camera, Bluetooth 2.1 with EDR, and a microSD slot for memory expansion up to 32 GB. The phone allows 11 hours of talk-time.
Apart from Facebook, Twitter and eBuddy apps are pre-installed on the device, in addition to Nokia Life. Furthermore, an EA gift pack of 40 premium games and other thousands of apps can be downloaded from the Nokia Store. The phone comes with Nokia Xpress Browser, which uses cloud-based servers to reduce data volume by up to 90-percent.
The other sibling, Asha 206, also features a 2.4-inch QVGA TFT screen but with a alphanumeric keypad. It shares most of the attributes with the Asha 205, like Xpress Browser, Nokia EA Games gift pack, Bluetooth, and memory plans, however, there are some differences: the phone allows for 20 hours of talk-time and 47 days on standby. It has a 1.3 MP camera, which is able to capture video too.
Coming to the newest feature, Slam, the Nokia Asha 205 and Asha 206 are the first to take advantage of it. It is created with the idea to share photos instantly and easily. A user just has to choose “slam” a picture from the menu and then the phone will quickly track Bluetooth-enabled devices in range to send it (it has to be accepted from the other side). On the useful side, the recipient does not even need to have a Nokia phone or Slam installed.