Nokia has officially announced two new phones, and a new service. The handsets are the Nokia Asha 205 and the Nokia 206, while the service is called Slam.
The Asha 205 follows in the footsteps of the Asha 200 and Asha 201 that were released last year. It’s presented as the “most social Asha phone ever”, and one of the reasons for this is that it’s the first Nokia handset to come with a dedicated Facebook button (which, of course, provides quick access to the world’s most favorite social network). Nokia has even issued a separate press release to announce this.
The 205 further features a full QWERTY keyboard, 2.4 inch QVGA landscape display, GSM / EDGE connectivity (there’s no 3G), eBuddy screen notifications, Nokia Life +, Nokia Xpress Browser, Nokia Nearby, 3.5mm headset jack, VGA photo camera, MicroSD card support, and a 1,020 mAh battery that should be able to last up to 11 hours in talk-time mode, or up to 37 days in stand-by mode.
Like the previously unveiled Asha handsets (the 309 and 308 – which are both touchscreen devices), the Asha 205 allows users to download 40 EA games for free.
Nokia will launch the Asha 205 before the end of the year, for around $62 (€49) before taxes and subsidies. The handset will have a dual SIM edition, coming in the following color versions: cyan, orange, and magenta. Until you get the chance to see it live, here’s the Asha 205 in a short video promo:
As for the Nokia 206, this is a classic candybar. Its features include: 2.4 inch QVGA portrait display, GSM / EDGE connectivity, Nokia Xpress Browser, eBuddy, Facebook access, 1.3MP rear camera, MicroSD card support, and a 1,100 mAh battery for up to 20 hours of talk-time. The 206 will be priced similarly to the Asha 205 (around $62), coming in Cyan, Magenta, Yellow, White, and Black. Customers will be able to find it starting later this quarter. The Nokia 206 will have a dual SIM version, too. You can see it in action in the video embedded below.
Both the Asha 205 and the Nokia 206 come with Slam. This is a new service that seemingly tries to mimic Google’s Android Beam, by allowing users to share multimedia content (photos, music etc) with nearby friends. However, unlike Android Beam, Nokia Slam uses Bluetooth, not NFC. According to Nokia, Slam “works with most Bluetooth-enabled mobile phones without the need to pair devices.” Nokia says the recipient’s phone doesn’t need to have Slam installed, although it notes that the service is “currently not compatible with iOS and Windows Phone.”
Via Press release
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