By Vamien McKalin email: firstname.lastname@example.org | Feb 14, 2013 09:47 AM EST
Back in September 2012, Nokia classified the Series 40 platform as a smartphone operating system despite some Android OEMs saying otherwise. The newest Series 40 smartphone member coming out of Finland is the Nokia Asha 310, a device that only costs a meager $102.
This device is a follow-up to the Asha 308 and 309, and it is rocking a 3-inch capacitive touch display with 400x240 resolution, dual SIM card slots, WiFi, 128MB Internet memory that can be upgraded to 32GB via SD card, a 2-megapixel camera and Nokia's Xpress browser. Quite impressive for a phone that only costs a little over $100, this device possesses the ability to compete directly with Android on the low-end section of the market.
Nokia also managed to equip the Asha 310 with Nokia Maps navigation along with 40 EA games for download. The downside with the Asha 310 is the lack of 3G connection; 3G would have been a better choice over Wi Fi since the markets Nokia is targeting might not have country-wide Wi Fi connection, thus making Nokia Maps quite useless on this device.
The Nokia Asha 310 is expected to be available in Asia, India, the Middle East, Africa and Brazil starting Q1 2013. Since there is no 3G here, Nokia might not feel compelled to launch the handset in the United States, but may launch it elsewhere. If you're in the U.S. and want to purchase the Asha 310, there's always eBay or some other website that deals in selling smartphones.