Nokia Asha 205 and Asha 206 Unveiled, Priced at Around $62

Nokia unveiled two new cellular phone models on Monday – the Nokia Asha 205 and 206.

The Finnish cell phone company released the two new models that were priced at $62 excluding subsidies and taxes, which is cheaper than the Nokia Asha 201 that got a lot of attention because it was previously the cheapest model in the Asha lineup.

The new Asha 206 features a regular keypad along with a 2.4-inch QVGA screen of 320 x 240 resolution. It also has a 64-megabyte internal memory and 1.3-megapixel camera.

On the other hand, the Asha 205 has the same 2.4-inch screen of 320 x 240 resolution and the same size of internal memory, but this handset features a full QWERTY keyboard.

Both Nokia Asha 205 and Asha 206 are available in single and dual SIM card variants – both hot-swappable that will enable the user to change SIM card without turning the phone off. Both models also boast the Nokia Slam connectivity features that will let users share files through Bluetooth connection without pairing the devices. The new two new mobile phone models also have a slot for MicroSD memory cards up to 32 Gigabytes.

One surprising feature of the Asha 205 is the dedicated Facebook button that lets the user jump straight to his Facebook profile at ease. Dubbed as the “ultimate social phone”, the Asha 205 also has eBuddy chat application, Twitter support, and other known e-mail clients.

According to Director of Technology Marketing of Nokia’s Mobile Phone Division Neil Broadley, the idea of adding a dedicated Facebook button was conceptualized via joint collaboration with the social-networking giant.

Broadley said: “It’s very much something we’ve developed in partnership with Facebook. It’s been a joint collaboration throughout. We talk very closely with Facebook in terms of looking at the opportunities we have.”

Talking about the Asha 205, which is the first Nokia Phone that includes a dedicated button for Facebook, head of growth, engagement, and mobile for Facebook Javier Olivan said: “People around the world use Facebook Mobile to connect and share with their friends.”

“We are focused on delivering the best Facebook experience to as many people as possible and our partnership with Nokia perfectly complements our strategy of giving people around the world a rich Facebook experience for keeping in touch with their friends.”

Nokia did not give a specific release date for the Asha 205 and Asha 206, but devices are expected to hit the market this quarter.