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A QWERTY-equipped feature phone, the Nokia Asha 303 also comes with a capacitive touchscreen and a price tag that makes this device look very interesting indeed.

The Asha 303 is a bit of an oddity, as are several other recent low-cost Nokia devices. Although this isn't a smartphone, it really pushes the limits of what plain old "feature phones" can do. It packs a relatively small 2.6" 240 x 320 pixel touch sensitive display, it has a 1GHz processor inside, and a 3.2 megapixel camera on the back, an FM radio, a media player and a microSD slot plus Bluetooth. This is a 3.5G capable device with WiFi support as well, which is pretty impressive when you consider that it will cost just €115 before tax and subsidy.

This is a Series 40 device, which means that it is nowhere near as flexible as a smartphone when it comes to available software, but it can still download Java applications and perhaps most importantly of all, it comes with a pre-installed version of Angry Birds Lite.

Also included is a web browser, instant messaging client, a set of social networking applications and broad email support. Most markets will have a version of Nokia Maps too, although the Asha 303 does not support GPS.

Although this is an elegantly designed handset with a good feature set, if you can stretch your budget by about 50% you could get a low-end Android phone which would include GPS, have a bigger touchscreen and access to thousands of applications from the Android Market. On the other hand, the Asha 303 is likely to be a much faster device to use.

The Asha 303 measures 117 x 56 x 14mm and weighs just 97 grams. The relatively large 1300 mAh battery can power the 303 for up to 7 hours talktime and 35 days standby time on 3G.

Nokia say that the Asha 303 should be available during Q4 2011 in red, green, purple, aqua, silver white and graphite colours.


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