News by Andrew Kameka on Monday November 26, 2012.
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Nokia today announced its "most Social Nokia Asha phone to date" with the Nokia Asha 205, a feature phone with built-in sharing commands and a dedicated Facebook button. Like the Android-powered HTC Cha Cha released in 2011, the Asha 205 has a physical button with the Facebook logo that launches the pre-installed Facebook app. There are also apps for Twitter, eBuddy, and a new sharing feature called Slam. Slam detects nearby devices with Bluetooth and shares selected files, which allows owners to send files without having to use Bluetooth pairing or install the Slam app.
The Asha 205 has a portrait QWERTY keyboard placed below a 2.4-inch QVGA display. The phone measures 113mm x 61mm x 13mm (4.45in x 2.4in x 0.51in) and weighs 94g (3.32oz). It also features a VGA camera, a battery that supports up to 11 hours of talk-time, 10MB of memory, and a microSD slot that supports up to 32GB.
The Nokia Asha 205 has the Series 40 Asha interface. It comes in single or Dual-SIM variants that are nearly identical with the exception that the Dual-SIM version has only 25 days of standby time rather than the 37 days like the single SIM version. The phone will go on sale by the end of the year and will cost US $62.
Andrew is MobileBurn.com's managing editor. He is based in Miami, Florida.