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Nokia Asha 205 And 206

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This week Nokia announced two new devices from its 'Asha' range of phones, which are mostly targeted towards emerging markets. Asha 206 and 205 both come in single SIM and dual SIM variants. These phones are Nokia's attempt at winning back the masses in the below $100 and $200 segments.

The Asha 205 comes with a QWERTY keyboard and 2.4 inch TFT display that supports 65k colors. Users can snap decent pictures with its 0.3 megapixel camera and store them on external storage options for up to 32GB, using microSD cards. Nokia has estimated the phone's battery to to be 608 hours, along with a talk time of 11hours.

An interesting feature in the phone is its Facebook button. Yes, it isn't a first, but the button itself will serve as a huge marketing tool that could attract users of the popular social network. The phone also supports other technologies like webmail, making it compatible with services like Hotmail, Yahoo Mail, and Gmail, along with protocols like SMTP, IMAP, and POP3. The phone will support only 2G networks, meaning no Wi-Fi or 3G connectivity. The 205 will also feature Nokia's new Easy Swap technology, allowing users to check their coverage across multiple SIM cards and switch between them without having to restart the device itself.

The 206 features an alphanumeric keypad and has a very solid build that resembles its older entry level phones. The phone features a 2.4 inch display and a 1.3 megapixel camera.

Users will be able to enjoy the slick Nokia Express browser on both these devices, as it reduces data consumption by up to 90 percent, making it rather beneficial for frequent 2G users.

Both phones use a technology called Slam. Users can share music, videos and photos with it. It ditches the 'search, pair and send' method seen in traditional blue-tooth sharing and simply sends the files to the closest mobile phone with bluetooth on.

Will Nokia make a solid come back in emerging markets with these two devices? The answer might just be a 'yes'. The two phones offer compelling feature sets and combine some of Nokia's winning features and technology from over the years. It looks like the Finnish mobile phone company can afford to be optimistic with this release.

Both devices are expected to be priced at $62.

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