Overheard this at Mobile World Congress last week, “not many manufacturers produce phones that caters both high and and low end market nowadays, Nokia might just be the only one trying to do it”.
Well, we think the statement above is quite true. With everyone showing off their latest and most advanced gadgets, Nokia on the other hand, has been introducing new devices for the emerging/low end markets all these while. They recently launched the new Asha 302, 203 and 202 devices in Barcelona.
Here’s an early hands-on preview of the Nokia 202 (dual sim) / 203 (non-dual sim).
The Nokia 202 runs on Series 40 operating system (which is used on all Nokia feature phones in the market) and with the launch of these new Asha devices, the Series 40 OS received a few more features to boast about.
– Dimensions: 114.8 mm x 49.8 mm x 13.85 mm
– Weight: 90 g (Including battery)
– Standby time: Up to 25 days
– Talk time: Up to 5 hours
– Memory: Up to 10MB free user memory
– Memory card: Support up to 32 GB microSD
The 202 features a touchscreen which I think is a nice addition of the device. With the S40 interface tweaked to feature big buttons and texts, it is definitely optimized for the finger. The main screen features some shortcuts to messaging, Whatsapp, Facebook, Mail for Exchange, amongst others. We understand that the device is targeted at the low end market and is priced at a very affordable level, therefore the screen may not be as good looking/vibrant/high res as what you see on the Lumia devices but it’s good enough for day to day usage.
The 2mpx camera is kinda expected on this device. What surprised us was the camera interface. It has shortcut buttons for zooming and quick access to camera settings which is very handy.
The body feels solid as well with no creaking sounds when squeezed hard in the palm.
If you are planning to get one of these, do note that the 202 comes with a dual sim slot and 203 does not. The dual sim feature allows us to quickly switch sims without switching off the phone. It also comes with a dedicated SIM manager so that you can personalize your phone and manage up to five different accounts.
The Asha 203 comes with exclusive games from EA – with 40 games to download from Nokia Store, including Tetris, Need for Speed, The Run and Bejeweled.
The 202 will cost about 60 Euros (About RM280) and will be available from Q2 this year.