Along with its Lumia WP smartphones, Nokia introduced 4 new featurephones at its Nokia World event. Forming up a whole new family in the company portfolio called Asha (that's Hindi for hope) the Nokia 200, 201, 300 and 303 are all running the 6th edition of the company's proprietary S40 platform.
Nokia Asha 200 and Asha 201 look very much alike to the Nokia C3 and have been equipped with what Nokia claims to be their most powerful loudspeaker to date. The only difference between the two QWERTY-wielding featurephones is that the 200 has two SIM slots with dual-stand-by, while the 201 only has one.
We also got the Nokia Asha 200 to pose for a quick hands-on video so we could demonstrate its S40 UI.
Next comes the Nokia Asha 300 with its 1GHz processor, 3G (with 10.2Mbps HSPA) connectivity and a 2.4" QVGA touchscreen plus regular keypad combo. A 5 megapixel camera with VGA video recording is the other key feature of the stylish phone.
The Asha 300 spared a few minutes for a hands-on video, as well. Check it out.
Finally, we have the Nokia Asha 303, a 1GHz phone with a 2.6" capacitive touchscreen and a full QWERTY keyboard. Its styling is reminiscent of the Nokia X3-02 Touch and Type, which we really liked back when we met it. It also offers a 3.2MP camera on the back.
And here comes the Nokia Asha 303 hands-on video.
The Asha quartet will come with a newly developed Nokia cloud-based browser that compresses web content up to 90% to reduce data consumption. The Finns also bragged about making many popular apps like WhatsApp and Angry Birds available to their S40 devices.