While Nokia might be struggling to regain a chunk of the market share in the smartphone category, it certainly hasn’t been having any problems when it comes to basic phones and feature phones. Nokia has been known to jam a lot of bang for buck in even its most basic phones, and their newest offerings in the Asha 205 and Asha 206 both have a cool new Slam Sharing feature to enable quick file sharing via Bluetooth wherever you are and whatever you are doing on the phone. So if you’ve been eying that affordable Asha 201, you might want to take a look at the 205 and 206 first.
Nokia Asha 205 Specs
The Asha 205 looks to build on the success of the much-loved Nokia C3 by giving users a full-QWERTY keyboard for heavy texting and email composition, to go along with a bright 2.4″ screen with QVGA (320 x 240) resolution. It also features a dedicated Facebook button for quick sharing and posts regardless of where you are in the phone UI. It covers many of the basics, such as a VGA camera for those quick shots or QCIF video recording, 64Mb of internal memory, Bluetooth and expandable storage up to 32Gb via microSD.
Nokia Asha 206 Specs
The Asha 206 might look different from the Asha 205, but they’re basically the same phone inside. The main difference between the two is that the 2.4″ screen is in portrait orientation, and rather than a QWERTY keyboard, you get the regular alphanumeric keypad that is common on most basic phones, and you don’t get that dedicated Facebook button. Also, the camera has been bumped up from the VGA shooter that’s on the Asha 205, to a more capable 1.3Mp unit.
Aside from the dedicated Facebook button, both the Asha 205 and Asha 206 come with Slam sharing technology. It basically allows you to quickly share files like photos and documents to another Bluetooth device without the need to pair them. This is great because the device your “Slamming” to doesn’t even have to be a Nokia or have the same Slam sharing feature. As long as the recipient has Bluetooth 2.1, you’re good to go.
Asha 205 and Asha 206 Pricing and Availability in the Philippines
There’s no local pricing yet for either phone, however they are set to be released for Q4 of this year, so it’s pretty imminent that we’ll be seeing them soon here in the Philippines. It should also be noted that the Asha 205 and Asha 206 both have dual SIM variants. The dual SIM variants should be the ones arriving here since the feature is in high demand here in the country. Both phones have priced internationally at $62, which after straight conversion, should come out to $2604. Import duties should then bring that up to $3,300 once they get here, but that’s just a guesstimate so don’t take my word for it until the news becomes official.