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Nokia Asha 300 Mobile Phones

The Nokia Asha 300 is a lightweight feature phone. While it lacks the full-featured operating systems and app support of modern smartphones, it is a reliable and user-friendly device with solid core functions.

Nokia Asha

The Nokia Asha series was a line of budget mobile phones. Nokia released a large number of Asha-branded phones in 2011, 2012 and 2013, including keyboard, touchscreen and hybrid models. However, the Asha line ultimately proved short-lived. When Microsoft bought Nokia’s mobile phone business in 2014, they chose to discontinue most Nokia phones and shift focus primarily to the Lumia flagship phone. Both the Asha line and the Android-powered Nokia X were casualties of this change in strategy.

Asha 300

The Asha 300 was released in 2012. It is a touch-and-type feature phone, meaning that it includes both a touchscreen and a numeric keyboard. Its candybar style body weighs just 85 grams and includes a 2.4-inch, 240 by 320 pixel resolution resistive touchscreen. It also includes a 5 megapixel fixed-focus camera capable of shooting 480p video at 15 frames per second, as well as an FM radio. Reviewers at the time praised the phone for the ease of making calls and sending text messages.

S40

Like many of the Nokia mobile phones released at the time, the Asha 300 features the Series 40 software platform. While Series 40 is not a full-featured smartphone operating system, it expanded the range of functions available well beyond calls and texts. As well as useful functions such as video recording and a calendar, it also features the Nokia Xpress Browser. This built-in browser filters websites through Nokia’s cloud servers in order to optimise the content, particularly in terms of reducing image sizes. This made websites more phone-friendly and also helped to reduce data and battery usage.

Successors

While the Asha line was discontinued by Microsoft in 2014, they did not eliminate Nokia’s feature phone offerings entirely. Microsoft-era Nokia released a range of feature phones based on their Series 30+ platform. The S30+ line has proved longer-lasting than the Asha series. In 2017, Nokia released two new S30+ models, the Nokia 105 2017 and the Nokia 130 2017.

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