Nokia announces Asha 205, Nokia 206 mobile phones with dual-SIM options

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Nokia has announced two new mobile phones - Nokia Asha 205 and Nokia 206.

The Nokia Asha 205 is a QWERTY device with a 2.4-inch display and a dedicated Facebook button. It comes with 2G connectivity, Bluetooth, VGA camera and a battery that offers 11 hours talk-time. The phone comes with pre-installed apps like eBuddy Chat, Twitter and support for popular email accounts such as Gmail as well as 40 free games from EA. The Nokia Asha 205 will be available in Cyan, Magenta and Orange colour options.

"Globally, young consumers have increasingly started using Facebook for socialising, keeping in touch and striking new friendships. The launch of the Nokia Asha 205 responds to this growing demand and gives them a unique option for accessing Facebook while on-the-go," said Timo Toikkanen, executive vice president, Mobile Phones, Nokia.

Nokia 206 is a regular 'bar' style feature phone with a 2.4-inch display, 1.3-megapixels camera and 2G + Bluetooth connectivity. It comes with pre-installed apps like eBuddy Chat, WhatsApp and a gift pack of 10 free, premium content items. The Nokia 206 will be available in Cyan, Magenta and Yellow colours.

Both phones run on Series 40 operating system and will be available in single-SIM and dual-SIM options. The dual-SIM models features Nokia's EasySwap technology that enables consumers to change SIM cards without having to turn off the device. They also include Nokia Xpress Browser that reduces browsing costs by compressing data transferred by up to 90%.

Nokia Asha 205 and Nokia 206 are the first phones to feature Nokia's new Slam technology, that lets users share files over Bluetooth without first having to pair their devices.

The Nokia Asha 205 and Nokia 206 are expected to start shipping in the fourth quarter of 2012 for an estimated retail price (excluding taxes) of $62 (Rs. 3,450).

Nokia Asha 205 specifications
  • 2.4-inch 65k colour QVGA landscape TFT display
  • GSM 850/900/1800/1900
  • GPRS/EDGE, 2.0 mm Charger Connector
  • Bluetooth v2.1 with EDR, 3.5 mm AV connector
  • Up to 10MB free user memory; up to 32GB micro-SD card
  • VGA camera
  • QWERTY with dedicated Facebook Button
  • Series 40 Asha
  • Nokia Slam, to share content faster and easier
  • 113mm x 61mm x 13mm
  • 94.0g (including battery)
  • 37 days standby / 11 hours talk-time (Single-SIM)
  • 25 days standby / 11 hours talk-time (Dual-SIM)


Nokia 206 specifications
  • 2.4-inch 65k colour QVGA TFT display
  • GSM 850/900/1800/1900
  • GPRS/EDGE, 2.0 mm Charger Connector
  • Bluetooth v2.1 with EDR, 3.5 mm AV connector
  • Up to 10MB free user memory; up to 32GB micro-SD card
  • 1.3-megapixel camera
  • Series 40
  • Nokia Slam, to share content faster and easier
  • 116mm x 49.4mm x 12.4mm
  • 91.0g (including battery)
  • 47 days standby / 20 hours talk-time (Single-SIM)
  • 25 days standby / 20 hours talk-time (Dual-SIM)

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