It was back in June that Nokia released its first touchscreen Asha phones, which not only provided almost-smartphone fun on a budget, but proved that the company was looking at Series 40 to take over from Symbian as its Windows Phone alternative OS.
Today, we’ve been given another pair of touchscreen Asha phones, the Asha 308 and Asha 309. Both phones are almost identical, with the Asha 308 offering a dual-SIM card slot instead of the 309′s single slot, making it best suited to emerging markets.
Here’s what you need to know about the Asha 309. Like other Asha phones, the design is great, and at 13mm thick and 104 grams, it’s pleasingly slim and light too. The screen measures 3-inches and has a 400 x 240 pixel resolution, and on the rear there is a 2 megapixel camera. Hardly prize-winning specs, but that’s not really the point of the Asha range.
One of the Asha 309′s standout features is the 1110mAh battery – a common BL-4U Nokia cell – which returns 650 hours standby and will provide 6 hours of talktime, or 40 hours of continuous music playback. Of course, the phone’s 2G radio definitely helps here, but at least it has Wi-Fi to provide a faster data connection.
Like other Asha phones, the 308 and 309 both use Series 40 – or “Nokia OS” as the spec sheet refers to it – plus they both have Bluetooth 3.0, a microSD card slot, Nokia Maps, an FM radio and a selection of Electronic Arts games which come ready to download for free.
Nokia hasn’t provided any information on where the new Asha phones will go on sale yet, but does say they’ll be in shops before the end of the year, at a cost of around $99/£60.