Nokia today announced its Asha 310, a new budget smartphone model that supports dual SIM and Wi-Fi. The combination of dual SIM and Wi-Fi is a first for Nokia smartphones and aims to "give consumers the best of both worlds by offering the flexibility to enjoy more mobile experiences while managing their costs".
Users can use the external slot on the Nokia Asha 310 to insert a secondary SIM card, while keeping their principal card in place behind the battery. The handset allows a shift between SIM cards for personal or work use without turning off the phone. It also permits the swapping of SIM cards while moving between networks to get the best available tariffs when commuting. It is possible to assign and store unique profiles for up to five SIM cards. Users can designate SIM cards for text, voice and data and switch between them.
The addition of Wi-Fi in the Nokia Asha 310 opens up online options, such as including streaming videos from YouTube or downloading the 40 free EA Games from Nokia Store. The ability to connect to free Wi-Fi hotspots whether at home or on the go means users aren't constrained by their data plan, Nokia argued.
The Nokia Asha 310 comes pre-loaded with Nokia Xpress Browser, which delivers "a fast and fluid browsing experience and support for thousands of Web apps". According to Nokia, Xpress Browser compresses Internet data by up to 90%, saving on data charges.
"The Nokia Asha 310 is the first-ever Nokia smartphone to offer both Easy Swap Dual SIM and Wi-Fi in the same device," said Timo Toikkanen, executive vice president, Mobile Phones, Nokia.
"It gives consumers the best of both worlds, allowing them to separate work and play, or speak with friends on other mobile networks more affordably. The addition of Wi-Fi support gives users the freedom to enjoy much more of the Internet compared to competitive devices at this price point."
The newest addition to the Asha Touch family of smartphones, the Nokia Asha 310 features a 3-inch scratch-proof, capacitive touch-screen and a 2-megapixel camera, and comes with a 4GB memory card included and support for a further 32GB of external memory.
The Nokia Asha 310 will be available to purchase in Asia, India, the Middle East, Africa and Brazil from Q1 2013. Suggested pricing is $102 before taxes and subsidies. Available colors include black, white and golden light.