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Nokia introduces Asha 308 and Asha 309 smartphones

Two new extensions to Xpress Browser also announced
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Nokia has added two new smartphones to its Asha Touch range of mobile devices.

The Nokia Asha 308 and Nokia Asha 309 are 2G-enabled devices featuring a 3.0-inch WQVGA capacitive display, multiple home screens, stereo radio, loud speakers and up to 32GB microSD card support.

The Nokia Asha 309 is the single SIM variant with Wi-Fi, while the Nokia Asha 308 is a dual SIM device featuring Nokia's Easy Swap technology.

Easy Swap enables people to switch between multiple SIM cards quickly and easily to get the best local tariffs without having to remove the battery or turn off the phone.

The phones also come with the free gift of 40 premium EA games, social features such as standalone Facebook and Twitter clients, the Nokia Messaging Service, and video streaming through the browser from sites like YouTube - a first within the Asha Touch range.

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"Our innovative Asha Touch family of devices is designed for people who want a great smartphone experience with lower running costs," said Timo Toikkanen, executive vice president, Mobile Phones, Nokia.

"By introducing the Nokia Asha 308 and Nokia Asha 309, we're expanding our affordable smartphone lineup and bringing new mobile experiences to more people."

The Nokia Asha 308 and Nokia Asha 309 will cost around $99, with shipping expected to start in the fourth quarter 2012.

Nokia also introduced two extensions to its Xpress Browser Internet platform, the only cloud-based web browser to support web apps.

The Nokia Nearby web app helps people discover new places by searching nearby locations and presenting the options on a map. The service is available via Nokia Xpress Browser or as a feature within Nokia Maps.

The Nokia Life+ web app will give millions of people access to content that spans education, health and infotainment to enhance their daily lives. Nokia Life+ can be accessed through Nokia Xpress Browser or the Nokia Store.

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