Mobile Phones: Nokia Asha
News & Reviews: Nokia Asha
Mar 05, 2014
As reported earlier, the Nokia X has reached Malaysia with a launching today for the first of Nokia's Android-powered smartphones. Priced at RM399, the Nokia X targets the entry-level to midrange with the aim to bridge the gap between the Nokia Asha featurephones and the Nokia Lumia smartphones. Tech specs and features for the Nokia X include a 1GHz dual-core Snapdragon S4 processor, 512MB RAM, 4GB storage + 32GB microSD, a 4-inch display with 800 x 480 pixel resolution, a 3MP rear camera and dual-SIM support. The design looks like a standard Lumia or Nokia Asha 500 but what is making most users excited is the fact that you can use Android apps, Nokia Apps and Microsoft services from a single device. That being said, the Nokia X gets all of it's officially supported apps from the Nokia Store, but you can download and install Android apps without too much trouble. There may be some issues with compatibility but most apps should work. The Nokia XL is expected in the coming months but the Nokia X+ may not come to Malaysia at all. Stay tuned for more updates.
Feb 26, 2014
Nokia recently confirmed and announced a range of Android powered Nokia smartphones in the form of the Nokia X, Nokia X+ and Nokia XL. This new smartphone range is targeted at bridging the gap between the Nokia Asha featurephone lineup and the Nokia Lumia range of smartphones. Utilizing a forked version of Android, the Nokia X lineup of smartphones can run up to 75% of Android apps while also running Nokia's apps. Apps are officially from the Nokia store but you can get it from a third-party market or download the APK and side-load it. The interface is very much like a tile-based Android while the overall design looks a lot like the Nokia Asha 500 range of featurephones right down to the colourful polycarbonate backside. For a complete breakdown of tech specs for the Nokia X, Nokia X+ and Nokia XL, check out the tech specs below:
- Nokia X
- 1GHz dual-core Snapdragon S4 processor
- 512MB RAM
- 4GB storage + microSD
- 4-inch display (IPS, 800 x 480 pixel resolution, 2-finger touch)
- 3.15MP rear camera
- Supports 3G, WiFi, Bluetooth 3.0, GPS, Stereo FM radio, Dual-SIM
- 115.5 x 63 x 10.4 mm | 128.7g
- 1500 mAh battery
- 89 Euro (RM400)
Jan 16, 2014
As the top-of-the-line model of the Nokia Asha 500 series of hybrid feature phones, the Nokia Asha 503 offers a number of features which are on par with that of most standard smartphones. This includes a capacitive screen, a 5MP camera with LED flash and 3.5G connectivity amongst other tech specs and features. Going for a retail value of just RM319, can you replace your smartphone with a Nokia Asha 503? The short answer would be: Yes. Yes you can. But it also raises the question of: Should you replace your smartphone with a Nokia Asha 503? Read our detailed analysis for the answer to this question.
Nov 27, 2013
The Normandy has landed, or at least the Nokia codenamed Normandy smartphone has. Appearing courtesy of evleaks along with a still unnamed Asha phone, the Normandy looks like another Lumia smartphone that could be bridging the gap between the Asha range and the Lumia range. The unnamed Nokia Asha phone on the other hand looks a lot like an LG Vu 3, complete with square-like 4:3 display. Unfortunately, no tech specs, pricing or Malaysia release dates were available at the time but stay tuned and we'll keep you posted.
Oct 23, 2013
When the Nokia Asha 501 was first introduced it offered a hybrid combination of featurephone battery life and smartphone capabilities but didn't offer much choice when it came to other options. At the recent Nokia World event, Nokia announced 3 new models for this series consisting of the Nokia Asha 500, Asha 502 and Asha 503. The new models offer a new look over the standard colourful polycarbonate backplate of the Asha 501, offering a crystal-like transparent encased look that is both stylish and durable. All three models will be available in black, bright green, bright red, cyan, yellow and white. Tech specs, links, videos and features for the Nokia Asha 500, 502 and 503 are listed in this article.
Sep 30, 2013
While it may probaby get it's official announcement at the confirmed Nokia World event on 22 October 2013, serial leaker @evleaks has just shown off leaked images of the Nokia Asha 502. Going for a similar look as the Nokia Asha 501 but with a curved clear plastic casing surrounding the polycarbonate backplate, the newer model has a number of tech specs and features that the previous version doesn't. This includes the aforementioned transparent casing but also includes what appears to be an LED flash. Other tech specs include dual SIM and WiFi connectivity along with 6 colours to choose from such as black, blue, green, red, yellow and white. From all accounts, it looks like Nokia won't stop at just the 502 as a rumoured Nokia Asha 503 is also supposedly under development as well. Unfortunately, no Malaysia release dates or pricing just yet, but we'll find out soon.
Sep 04, 2013
We said it would happen and it has as Microsoft recently acquired Nokia for $7.17 billion (RM23.6 billion). The deal covers Nokia's Devices and Services along with the right to license Nokia's various phone patents. According to Microsoft, they will get the cash from overseas resources and close the deal by Q1 of 2014. Nokia are getting something out of it as well as Stephan Elop, Nokia CEO will get to lead the Microsoft Devices team where the rest of Nokia's employees will join him. The current head, Julie Larson-Green will focus instead on the Xbox and Surface devices. While this could result in a Microsoft Nokia Lumia Windows Phone, Microsoft have said that they will be keeping things short, so you can probably expect Microsoft Lumias and Ashas to hit the shelves soon. With Steve Balmer's impending retirement on the horizon, Stephan Elop looks like the most promising candidate for next head of Microsoft but it also means that he needs to step up Microsoft's new phone business, which looks more and more difficult with Nokia's resulting drop in share price. So far no news on when we'll all be using Microsoft Asha or Lumia phones but expect things to start shaking up here in Malaysia as these two gigantic companies shift gears. Microsoft will still support other Windows Phone partners like HTC and Samsung.
Jul 10, 2013
Last time we got a peek at Samsung's internal testing for their smartphones, so this time around we have some internal testing and quality control from Nokia. Like all the other smartphone makers Nokia does tumbler testing, heat testing, water testing and other forms of endurance testing. Check it out for yourself below but do note that the testing is only for Nokia Asha phones so if you're hoping for a Lumia torture test you're out of luck.
Jul 09, 2013
When it was announced a couple of months ago, the Nokia Asha 210 made itself different by not only offering a full QWERTY keyboard at super low prices, it also said that it would come with a dedicated WhatsApp button. Well, the Nokia Asha 210 has finally arrived in Malaysia and guess what? The Malaysian version has a Facebook button instead. The Nokia Asha 210 has the following tech specs:
- Full QWERTY keyboard
- 2.4-inch QVGA display
- Supports Dual-SIM + WiFi + EDGE
- 2MP Camera (Voice-assisted self-portrait mode)
- Dedicated Facebook button
Jul 08, 2013
A new update for Nokia Asha touchscreen feature phones now offers a number of new features and functions which should prove useful (and make them more social media friendly). The update offers enhanced email, a dedicated YouTube app, and WhatsApp support for Dual-SIM Asha 308 and Asha 310 feature phones. The update also affects the Nokia Asha 305 and Asha 306 with a whole bunch of firmware tweaks and security fixes.