Nokia Announces Low Cost Asha 205 and 206 Smartphones

Nokia announced a pair of low-cost feature phones, the Asha 205 and 206, which are designed for sharing, long-lasting battery life, and smart data usage.

The Asha 205 boasts a full QWERTY keyboard, a 2.4-inch (240x320) screen, and isolated navigation, Internet, email, and Facebook keys. The device runs on GSM 850/900/1800/1900 networks (although there’s a dual-SIM variant), and it sports a Series 40 Alpha UI, 0.3MP camera, 10MB of memory (up to 32GB with a microSD card), Bluetooth 2.1 + EDR, GPRS/EDGE connectivity, and a 3.5mm AV jack. Nokia says that the device can last on standby for a whopping 37 days and offers 11 hours of talk time on a single battery charge. It also has Facebook, Twitter, and eBuddy apps pre-installed.

Nokia also included some interesting extras such as Slam, which allows users to share via Bluetooth without the need to pair devices, as well as the Nokia Xpress Browser that’s designed to rely on cloud servers to reduce data usage and Nokia Nearby, which acts as a substitute for GPS by locating nearby cell towers and giving users a map with POIs. It also sports Nokia Life or Nokia Life+ where available.

Nokia Asha 205
Nokia Asha 205

Sporting a more traditional keypad, the Asha 206 also comes in a dual SIM option and has a 2.4-inch screen. It runs on GSM 850/1900 networks and offers a 1.3MP video camera, 10MB of onboard storage (bolstered by up to 32GB with a microSD card), and has Bluetooth 2.1 + EDR, GPRS/EDGE connectivity, and the 3.5mm AV jack. The 206 purports to offer 20 hours of talk time and 47 days of standby juice, and it has the same Slam, Xpress Browser, and Nokia Life features found in the 205.

Available in Q4 2012, both handsets will go for just $62 USD and will come in a variety of colors; the 205 sports cyan, magenta and orange, while the 206 offers cyan, black, white, magenta and yellow.