The Nokia Asha 309 has been launched in India. In September this year, Nokia had unveiled the Asha 309 along with its Asha 308 smartphone, the latest additions to the Asha Touch family of mobile devices. In an official statement, Nokia announced that it has released a new version of Nokia Xpress Browser. Nokia claims that the browser enables up to 90 percent more efficient mobile browsing and faster access to rich web applications compared with conventional browsers.

The new device offers a fluid 'swipe' user interface and an open environment for third-party application development, characteristics that have earned the complete Asha Touch range full smartphone classification from global market research companies and analysts such as GfK and IDC.

Nokia Asha 309 launched in India

Nokia Asha 309 was unveiled in September

According to Nokia, the Asha 308 and Nokia Asha 309 phones are its most affordable capacitive touchscreen devices to date. 

Nokia Asha 309, like the Asha 308 smartphone, is a 2G-enabled device featuring a 3.0-inch WQVGA capacitive display, multiple homescreens, stereo radio, loud speakers, and up to 32GB microSD card support. The Nokia Asha 309 is the single SIM variant with Wi-Fi. The phones also come with a 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.

Nokia also introduced two extensions to its Xpress Browser Internet platform, which the company calls 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+ is available in English across 18 countries, with local versions coming to India, China, and Indonesia in the fourth quarter of this year. Nokia Life+ can be accessed through Nokia Xpress Browser or the Nokia Store.

Both the services work with Asha Touch smartphones. In addition to these services, Nokia also introduced a new web-based tool that makes it even easier to build new applications. With Nokia Xpress Web App Builder, publishers can create appealing web apps for Asha Touch devices, and even novices can turn their web content into a fun and sophisticated web app for Nokia consumers.

Nokia has priced the Asha 309 at Rs 6,349 and the phone is available in black and golden light colour options.

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