As well as launching their first phablets and their first tablet, Nokia has unveiled new additions to its Asha range of budget handsets. They have a new design and updated features, as well as extremely attractive price tags.
Nokia has struggled to keep up with the smartphone market. In fact, they have been left firmly behind by the likes of Samsung and Apple. Their choice to offer Microsoft Windows as their operating system may be partially at fault but their concentration on budget handsets may also have something to do with the decline they have faced since their earlier glory days.
However, what this does mean, is that Nokia does have a really very good line of budget phones. The Asha series is not as readily available in the UK as phones from the likes of Huawei and HTC but, if you can get your hands on one and are looking for a no-frills handset then you won’t go far wrong.
The Finnish manufacturer unveiled three additions to the range, in the shape of the Asha 500, 502, and 503.
The 503 and 502 have a 5 megapixel camera and, as with all Nokia camera phones, it really is a good quality snapper. It’s certainly not as high end as the 41mp camera found in the Lumia 1020 but the prices are somewhat different too. The 500 has a more meagre 2mp camera.
All the handsets offer the updated Swipe feature that enables users to access just about any feature with a single swipe from the home screen. UK release details are not yet known but they vary in price from $69 to $99 in the USA and will apparently launch at broadly the same time in Europe as they will in other major markets.