Meet Nokia 220 and Asha 230: both were launched at the 2014 MWC
Yesterday in Barcelona, Spain, it was the first day of the 2014 Mobile World Congress, an event that saw the unveiling of many flagships and many revolutionary devices.
Nokia was part of the event, throwing in a 3-way combo of their first-ever Android smartphones in the Nokia X, Nokia X+ and Nokia XL. But the Finns did showcase other things at the MWC which many people were not aware of, and that includes the announcement and launching of the Nokia Asha 230 and Nokia 220.
Nokia 220 is a dirt-cheap classic feature phone. One that is meant to take over markets in emerging economies. The phone comes in two versions: a single SIM version and dual SIM slot version. Both versions share all other things in common including size and weight.
The Nokia 220 features 2.4 inches of non-capacitive display, with a resolution of 240 x 320 pixels. Being a feature phone, the device runs on Nokia’s Series 40 OS. It features a tiny 256MB ROM and a memory card slot that can accept up to 32GB microSD cards.
The phone comes with a 2-megapixel camera, and the absence of flashlight and a front-facing camera explains it’s sub-$40 pricing. Nokia promises that the 1020mAh Li-Ion battery on the Nokia 220 will last 696 hours on standby and 15 hours when on calls.
Nokia 220 is now available on sale in white, black, red, yellow and cyan colors.
Nokia Asha 230 has a 2.8″ touchscreen with 240 x 320 pixels resolution. It also comes in single and dual SIM variants too. The Asha 230 is the cheapest Asha ever, with a suggested retail price of 45 euros, Nokia boasted it’s the cheapest touchscreen phone yet.
Asha 230 has a 1.3MP camera and features proximity and accelerometer sensors, one it needs for navigation during gameplay. The device supports only 2G networks, and the absence of Wirelss LAN on it helps explain why it cheaper than the rest of the Asha pack.
For social network freaks, the Asha 230 is preloaded with WhatsApp and it’s already on sale in many bright flavors for $64.
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