Nokia has launched yet another mobile phone under its Asha series – Asha 303, in India. The new Nokia Asha 303, which is based on S40 operating system, comes with touch and type input and a speedy 1 GHz processor. It is equipped with a 2.6 inch capacitive touchscreen display with 240 x 320 pixel resolution and a proximity sensor.
The phone is currently available for Rs 8,900. At this price it competes with entry level Android smartphones like Samsung Galaxy Y, Idea Blade, Micromax A73, Spice Mi350n, Motorola Fire, HTC Explorer, Huawei Sonic and LG Optimus Pro.
However, Asha 303 has a faster processor compared to all the above mentioned smartphones. Asha 303 also comes with pre-installed entertainment and applications such as Angry Birds Lite, Zenga TV, Whatsapp, along with free Nokia Music unlimited service.
Android smartphones on the other hand feature full smartphone capability; offer a more popular operating system and the ability to download thousands of apps from Google Play app store.
Asha 303 supports up to 32 GB expandable memory, 100 MB of internal memory, a 3.2 megapixel digital camera with zoom and video capture capability, a video player, music player, and FM radio. On the connectivity front it has options like GPRS, Edge, 3G, Bluetooth, WiFi and USB.
Vodafone customers get 1 GB of 3G data free per month for 4 months on Nokia Asha 303.
Asha 303 offers the familiar convenience of touch and type phones, but comes with a slightly bigger screen and, most importantly, a full Qwerty keyboard. The phone has a dedicated music key for instant access to music and to Shazam, a music application.
Besides, the phone has globally relevant applications such as Facebook Chat, Whatsapp messaging and the latest release of Nokia Maps for Series 40. Asha 303 will be available in red and graphite colours.
The Finnish handset manufacturer has positioned the Asha series between smartphones and feature phones, offering a Qwerty and touchscreen experience, combined with fast and easy access to the internet, integrated social networking, messaging and world-class applications from the Nokia Store.