Nokia expands its S40 line with two new affordable mobile phones, the Nokia 206 and the Asha 205, both available in single SIM and dual SIM versions. They are Nokia’s first mobile phones to include the new Nokia Slam Bluetooth quick sharing feature. Both phones are ready for social networking with pre-loaded apps for social sites, and the Asha 205 even gets a dedicated Facebook button.
The new Slam feature allows users to share photos, videos, contacts with Bluetooth-enabled phones without the need for pairing, and without the recipient needing to also have Slam. What you need to do is to bring two phones together, and content will be instantly shared via Bluetooth 2.1. Both phones come pre-loaded with several social network apps, including Facebook, Twitter, eBuddy, Google Talk. The single SIM version of 206 also gets Whatsapp pre-loaded.
The Nokia Asha 205 is a social phone with a QWERTY keyboard and a Facebook button for quick and instant access to Facebook profile. It comes with a 2.4-inch 240×320 display and a 0.3 Megapixel camera, and provides up to 37 days of standby time. The Nokia 206, on the other hand, is a classic bar-type mobile phone with a 2.4-inch display, a 1.3 Megaoixel camera and up to 47 days standby time. The dual SIM models of the 205 and 206 both include Nokia EasySwap technology that allows users to change SIM cards without having to turn off the device.
While the Nokia 206 and Asha 205 both are social network-friendly and intended for social sharing, Nokia didn’t equip them with 3G and WiFi connectivity, but only dual-band GSM/EDGE support. They will be released in Q4 2012 for US62. The 205 comes in cyan/black, magenta/pink, orange/white, grey/white and black colors while the 206 will be available in black, cyan, magenta, yellow and white.