Nokia Asha series

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Nokia Asha series
Nokia Asha logo.svg
ManufacturerNokia (2011–2014)
Microsoft Mobile (2014)
Compatible networks2G EDGE 3G HSPA+ (Asha 300, 302, 303, 311, 503)
Availability by region2011–2014
PredecessorNokia Cseries
Nokia Xseries
Operating systemNokia OS (Series 40, Nokia Asha platform)
Memory16 MB RAM (Asha 202, 203, 205)
32 MB RAM (Asha 200, 201, 210, 305, 306)
64 MB RAM (Asha 230, 307, 308, 309, 310, 500, 501, 502)
128 MB RAM (Asha 300, 302, 303, 311, 503)
Removable storagemicroSD (up to 32 GB)
Battery1010 mAh (Asha 500)
1020 mAh (Asha 202, 203, 205, 230)
1110 mAh (Asha 300, 305, 306, 307, 308, 309, 310, 311)
1200 mAh (Asha 210, 501, 502, 503)
1300 mAh (Asha 303)
1430 mAh (Asha 200, 201, 302)
Data inputsQWERTY, touch and type, full screen
Display2.4 inches (Asha 200, 201, 202, 203, 205, 210, 300, 302)
2.6 inches (Asha 303)
2.8 inches (Asha 230, 500)
3.0 inches (Asha 305, 306, 307, 308, 309, 310, 311, 501, 502, 503)
Rear camera0.3 MP (Asha 205)
1.3 MP (Asha 230)
2.0 MP (Asha 200, 201, 202, 203, 210, 305, 306, 307, 308, 309, 310, 500)
3.2 MP (Asha 302, 303, 311, 501)
5.0 MP (Asha 300, 502, 503)
Front cameraNo
ConnectivityBluetooth 2.1 or 3.0
Wi-Fi (Asha 210, 302, 303, 306, 309, 310, 311, 500, 501, 502, 503)
3.5 mm audio jack
microUSB 2.0
Development statusDiscontinued

The Nokia Asha series was a range of low-end feature phones produced and marketed by Nokia. The name "Asha" came from the Hindi word meaning "hope".[1]

On 3 September 2013, Microsoft announced its purchase of Nokia's mobile device business, with the deal closing on 25 April 2014. The company previously announced an intent to use Asha as an "on-ramp" to the Windows Phone platform,[2][3] but in a company memo released in July 2014, it was announced that as part of cutbacks, Microsoft would end the Asha and Android-based Nokia X range entirely, in favor of solely producing Lumia Windows Phones and Nokia-branded "feature phone" products.[4] On 11 January 2018, HMD Global acquired the Asha brand name.[5][6]

List of devices[edit]

Below are the mobile phones in the Asha range. None of the Asha models have GPS functionality. All Asha phones included 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 Nokia domestic operating system with Series 40 UI platform, also known as S40. The Asha 501 (released in May 2013), Asha 500, Asha 502, Asha 503 and Asha 230 (announced on 14 February 2014) are powered by the Nokia Asha platform, which builds on S40 and Smarterphone.[7][8]

Model Date announced SIM config Input method Data bearers Wi-Fi Camera HERE maps Predecessor(s) or similar earlier models (if applicable) Operating system
Asha 200 26 Oct 2011 Dual[9] QWERTY EDGE, GPRS No 2 MP Nokia X1-01

Nokia X2-01

Series 40
Asha 201 26 Oct 2011 Single[10] QWERTY EDGE, GPRS No 2 MP Nokia X1-01

Nokia X2-01

Series 40
Asha 202 27 Feb 2012 Dual Touch and type EDGE, GPRS No 2 MP Some markets[11] Series 40
Asha 203 27 Feb 2012 Single Touch and type EDGE, GPRS No[12] 2 MP Some markets Series 40
Asha 205 29 Nov 2012 Single and dual QWERTY DTM (MSC 12),
EDGE, GPRS
No[13] 0.3 MP Nokia Asha 200 (dual SIM version)

Nokia Asha 201 (single SIM version)[14]

Series 40
Asha 210 24 April 2013 Single and dual QWERTY DTM (MSC 12),
EDGE, GPRS
Yes 2 MP Yes Series 40
Asha 230 24 Feb 2014 Single and dual Capacitive touchscreen EDGE, GPRS No 1.3 MP Nokia Asha platform
Asha 300 26 Oct 2011 Touch and type HSDPA Cat9 (10.2 Mbit/s)
HSUPA Cat5 (2.0 Mbit/s)
No 5 MP Nokia C3-01 Series 40
Asha 302 27 Feb 2012 QWERTY HSDPA Cat10 (14.4 Mbit/s)
HSUPA Cat6 (5.76 Mbit/s)
Yes 3.2 MP Nokia C3-00 Series 40
Asha 303 26 Oct 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 Series 40
Asha 305 6 June 2012 Dual Resistive touch screen EDGE, GPRS No 2 MP Yes Series 40
Asha 306 6 June 2012 Resistive touch screen EDGE, GPRS Yes 2 MP Yes Series 40
Asha 308 13 Feb 2013 Dual Capacitive touch screen EDGE, GPRS No 2 MP Yes Nokia Asha 305 Series 40
Asha 309 25 Sep 2012 Capacitive touch screen EDGE, GPRS Yes 2 MP Yes Nokia Asha 306 Series 40
Asha 310 13 Feb 2013 Dual Capacitive touch screen EDGE, GPRS Yes 2 MP Yes Series 40
Asha 311 6 June 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[15] Series 40
Asha 500 22 Oct 2013 Single and dual Capacitive touch screen GPRS, EDGE Yes 2 MP Nokia Asha platform
Asha 501 9 May 2013[16] Single and dual Capacitive multi-point touch display EDGE, GPRS Yes 3.2 MP Yes Nokia Asha platform
Asha 502 22 Oct 2013 Dual Capacitive touch screen GPRS, EDGE Yes 5 MP
+LED flash
Nokia Asha platform
Asha 503 22 Oct 2013 Single and dual Capacitive touch screen w/ Gorilla Glass 2[17] HSDPA Cat7 (7.2 Mbit/s)
HSUPA Cat6 (5.76 Mbit/s)
Yes 5 MP
+LED flash
Nokia Asha platform
Feature phones without the Asha name powered by S40

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

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

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.[20]

See also[edit]

Media related to Nokia Asha mobile phones at Wikimedia Commons

References[edit]

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  2. ^ "Microsoft buys Nokia's Devices and Services Unit, unites Windows Phone 8 and its hardware maker". The Verge. Retrieved 3 September 2013.
  3. ^ "There will never be another Nokia smartphone". The Verge. Retrieved 3 September 2013.
  4. ^ "Microsoft is killing off Nokia's feature phones in favor of Windows Phone". The Verge. 17 July 2014. Retrieved 17 July 2014.
  5. ^ "Could we see a return of Nokia's budget-friendly Asha devices?". Android Authority.
  6. ^ "EUIPO - Asha trademark".
  7. ^ Mlot, Stephanie (9 May 2013). "Nokia Unveils $99 Asha 501, New Operating System". PC Mag.
  8. ^ Sharma, Mahesh (9 May 2013). "Nokia launches $99 Asha phone, reveals new OS". ZDNet.
  9. ^ "Nokia Asha 200". Nokia Developer. Nokia. 26 April 2012. Archived from the original on 10 July 2013. Retrieved 17 June 2013.
  10. ^ "Nokia Asha 201". Nokia Developer. Nokia. 26 April 2013. Archived from the original on 10 July 2013. Retrieved 17 June 2013.
  11. ^ Nokia Maps for Series 40 Using Nokia Maps for Series 40
  12. ^ Nokia Asha 203 Teknik Özellikleri in Turkish.
  13. ^ http://www.microsoft.com/en/mobile/phone/asha205/specifications/
  14. ^ "Nokia Asha 205 complete Detail". Nokia.com. Retrieved 20 March 2013.
  15. ^ Nokia (27 May 2012). "Asha 311 - Specifications - Nokia - UK". Nokia. Retrieved 3 September 2013.
  16. ^ "Asha 501 Dual SIM - Latest Smartphone with 26 days standby time - Nokia - India". Nokia. 7 May 2013. Retrieved 3 September 2013.
  17. ^ Ricknäs, Michael (22 October 2013). "Nokia takes on low-cost Androids with trio of Asha phones". Computerworld. Retrieved 18 November 2013.
  18. ^ Nokia (17 December 2012). "206 Dual SIM phone - Easy Swap Dual SIM Phone - Nokia - India". Nokia. Retrieved 3 September 2013.
  19. ^ Nokia (6 May 2013). "301 - DualSIM Phone with 3.5G faster Internet speed - Nokia - India". Nokia. Retrieved 3 September 2013.
  20. ^ https://www.theverge.com/2013/9/13/4728184/microsoft-surface-phone-testing-while-nokia-experimented-with-android