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Nokia World 2011 : Asha 300, 303 Blur the Line Between Dumb- and Smartphones

Nokia also unveiled two additional Asha handsets today at the Nokia World 2011 event. Like the 200 and the 201, the 300 and 301 are also aimed at the Indian market, but come with features that will make it more difficult to differentiate between feature phones and smartphones.

The Asha 300 comes with a 1GHz processor and 3G. It is a touchscreen device but sports a keypad not unlike the Nokia C3-01 Touch and Type handset.

Other features include support for 32GB memory cards, a five megapixel camera, a music player, Bluetooth, preloaded Angry Birds game and we suspect, similar social networking features as the 200 and the 201. Expect the Asha 300 to come by the end of the year and cost around 85 Euros.

The fourth Asha handset is the 303, which is a 2.6-inch capacitive touchscreen handset with proper QWERTY keyboard attached to it. Like the Asha 300, it has a 1GHz SoC and 3G but also Wi-Fi as well and Nokia's own browser, Nokia Browser (which is apparently cloud-based just like Amazon's Silk).

The phone will also be bundled with Angry Birds and a number of other apps including WhatsApp and Nokia Maps for Series 40. There's only a 3.2-megapixel camera but it does support Nokia Music. The phone will cost 115 Euros and will ship by the end of the year.

Désiré Athow

Désiré has been musing and writing about technology during a career spanning four decades. He dabbled in website building and web hosting when DHTML and frames were en vogue and started writing about the impact of technology on society just before the start of the Y2K hysteria at the turn of the last millennium. Following an eight-year stint at where he discovered the joys of global tech-fests, Désiré now heads up TechRadar Pro. Previously he was a freelance technology journalist at Incisive Media, Breakthrough Publishing and Vnunet, and Business Magazine. He also launched and hosted the first Tech Radio Show on Radio Plus.