Nokia Asha series

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The Nokia Asha series is a range of low-end smartphone and feature phones produced and marketed by Microsoft Mobile, and previously by Nokia. The word "Asha" is adopted from a Sanskrit word meaning "hope".

On 3 September 2013, Microsoft announced its purchase of Nokia's mobile device business, with the deal closing on 25 April 2014. As a result, the Asha line is now maintained by Microsoft Mobile. The "Nokia" brand name will continue to be used under Microsoft ownership. Microsoft said that they plan to use Asha as an "on-ramp" to the Windows Phone platform.[1][2]

List of devices[edit]

There are currently 20 mobile phones in the Asha range. None of the Asha models have GPS functionality. All Asha phones include an FM radio.

The Asha 305 and Asha 311 models are known as the first generation of Asha Full Touch phones; the second generation is the Asha 50x line.

All devices up to the Asha 50x series run the Series 40 operating system, also known as S40. The Asha 501 (released in May 2013), Asha 500, Asha 502,Asha 503 and Asha 230 (announced on February 14, 2014) are powered by the Nokia Asha platform, which builds on S40 and Smarterphone.

Model Date announced SIM config Input method Data bearers Wi-Fi Camera HERE Maps Predecessor(s) or similar earlier models.
Other notes.
Asha 200 Oct 26, 2011 Dual[3] QWERTY EDGE, GPRS 2 MP Nokia X1-01 and Nokia X2-01
Asha 201 Oct 26, 2011 Single-SIM[4] QWERTY EDGE, GPRS 2 MP Nokia X1-01 and Nokia X2-01
Asha 202 Feb 27, 2012 Dual Touch and type EDGE, GPRS 2 MP Some markets[5] Specifications:[6]
Asha 203 Feb 27, 2012 Single Touch and type EDGE, GPRS No[7] 2 MP Some markets
Asha 205 Nov 29, 2012 Dual-SIM and a single-SIM version QWERTY DTM (MSC 12),
EDGE, GPRS
0.3 MP Nokia Asha 200 (Dual-SIM version) and Nokia Asha 201 (Single-SIM version).[8]
Asha 210 April 24, 2013 Single- and dual-SIM version QWERTY DTM (MSC 12),
EDGE, GPRS
Yes 2 MP Yes The first phone with a hardware WhatsApp key.[9]
Asha 230 Feb 24, 2014 Single-SIM and Dual-SIM Version Capacitive touchscreen EDGE, GPRS No 1.3 MP
Asha 300 Oct 26, 2011 Touch and type HSDPA Cat9 (10.2 Mbit/s)
HSUPA Cat5 (2.0 Mbit/s)
No 5 MP Nokia C3-01.
Asha 300 specifications:[10]
This is one of the first two Asha phones to support 3G.
Asha 302 Feb 27, 2012 QWERTY HSDPA Cat10 (14.4 Mbit/s)
HSUPA Cat6 (5.76 Mbit/s)
Yes 3.15 MP Nokia C3
Asha 303 Oct 26, 2011 QWERTY / Touch and type HSDPA Cat10 (14.4 Mbit/s)
HSUPA Cat6 (5.76 Mbit/s)
Yes 3.2 MP Yes Nokia X3-02.
Asha 303 is one of the first two Asha phones to support 3G.
Asha 305 June 6, 2012 Dual-SIM capabilities Resistive touch screen EDGE, GPRS 2 MP Yes
Asha 306 June 6, 2012 Resistive touch screen EDGE, GPRS Yes 2 MP Yes
Asha 308 Feb 13, 2013 Dual-SIM capabilities Capacitive touch screen EDGE, GPRS 2 MP Yes Nokia Asha 305
Asha 309 Sep 25, 2012 Capacitive touch screen EDGE, GPRS Yes 2 MP Yes Nokia Asha 306
Asha 310 Feb 13, 2013 Dual-SIM Capacitive touch screen EDGE, GPRS Yes 2 MP Yes
Asha 311 June 6, 2012 Capacitive touch screen w/ Gorilla Glass HSDPA Cat10 (14.4 Mbit/s)
HSUPA Cat6 (5.76 Mbit/s)
Yes 3.2 MP Yes Nokia 5250.[11]
Asha 500 Oct 22, 2013 Dual- and single-SIM Capacitive touch screen GPRS, EDGE Yes 2 MP Specifications:[12]
Asha 501 May 9, 2013[13] Dual- and single-SIM versions Capacitive multi-point touch display EDGE, GPRS Yes 3.2 MP Yes
Asha 502 Oct 22, 2013 Dual-SIM Capacitive touch screen GPRS, EDGE Yes 5 MP
+LED flash
Specifications:[14]
Asha 503 Oct 22, 2013 Dual- and single-SIM Capacitive touch screen w/ Gorilla Glass 2[15] HSDPA Cat7 (7.2 Mbit/s)
HSUPA Cat6 (5.76 Mbit/s)[16]
Yes 5 MP
+LED flash
Specifications:[17]
This is the fifth Asha phone to support 3G.
Feature phones without the Asha name powered by S40

Nokia 206, 207, 208, and 301 are not part of the Asha series as they do not carry the "Asha" branding, despite mistakenly being marketed as such by carriers and retailers.

Model Date announced SIM config Input method Data bearers Wi-Fi Camera HERE maps Predecessor(s). Other notes
Nokia 206 November 1, 2012[18] Dual-SIM Keypad EDGE, GPRS 1.3 MP Yes
Nokia 207 July 1, 2013 Keypad HSDPA Cat10 (14.4 Mbit/s)
HSUPA Cat6 (5.76 Mbit/s)
Yes
Nokia 208 July 1, 2013 Dual- and single-SIM versions Keypad HSDPA Cat10 (14.4 Mbit/s)
HSUPA Cat6 (5.76 Mbit/s)
1.3 MP Yes
Nokia 301 February 1, 2013[19] Dual-SIM Keypad HSDPA Cat10 (14.4 Mbit/s)
HSUPA Cat6 (5.76 Mbit/s)
3.15 MP Yes

Nokia Xpress Browser[edit]

Further information: Nokia Xpress

Nokia Xpress Browser uses intermediate Nokia proxy servers to optimize web pages based on the capabilities and screen size of the device. The proxy servers also compress data to reduce data transmission charges for the mobile user.[20]

Like the Opera Mini, the Nokia Xpress browser decrypts and compresses HTTPS traffic, routing it through Nokia's own servers.[21] This practice is seeks to provide faster browsing for users of feature phones and smartphones with lower processing power and thus lower bills for mobile data usage.[22] However, as pointed out by researcher, this raises serious privacy concerns, because Nokia is essentially "performing Man In The Middle Attack for sensitive HTTPS traffic" and temporarily decrypting user data—which could be sensitive financial information, passwords.[23] The company admitted to the technical details, but stated, "Claims that we would access complete unencrypted information are inaccurate".[24] GigaOm criticized Nokia, which, unlike the Opera Mini, has failed to make it clear that HTTPS traffic will be decrypted during transit. It recommended that Nokia learn from Amazon's Silk browser, which leaves HTTPS traffic undisturbed.[25]

Asha on Linux project[edit]

According to The Verge, Nokia had a project referred to as Asha on Linux and also as "MView"—a reference to Mountain View. The project used a fork of Android on a low-end handset to maximize margins. The project resulted in the Nokia X family of devices, unveiled at MWC 2014. It was one of two known Android projects at the company, the other was running the OS on high-end Lumia hardware.[26]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

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