It appears that Nokia is doing well in India with its lineup of handsets, gradually carving a niche in the market. While, the Finnish tech firm seems to be struggling hard to revive its smartphone business, it is clear that it is winning on one side by attracting more and more consumers for the Asha handsets selling at budget price points.
Moreover, the company seems to be adding new and innovative features to the Asha handsets in order to make them penetrate into the market deeper. Right now, Nokia is in the tech headlines for the launch of Asha 210 with a dedicated WhatsApp button, which means super fast chatting with a single click.
Not only meant for the socialites, Asha 210 is a definitely gorgeous with a distinctive design and attractive color options. In fact, this is the first handset with a WhatsApp button and also with a unique QWERTY keypad. It has been announced that Asha 210 will be released into the global markets in the second quarter of 2013 with a price tag of $72 (approx. Rs 3,900).
Coming to the mobile phone market, Nokia has lost its reign to South Korean tech titan Samsung, which launched Rex lineup of handsets with Smart Dual SIM feature. Priced between Rs 3,770 to Rs 5,870, the Rex handsets were launched in order to take over Nokia Asha devices.
Analyzing the specifications and price of Asha 210, it can be said that the Rex 70 could be a stiff competitor to the Nokia offering. However, it has to be noted that the Samsung offering is available for purchase, while Asha 210 will be arriving sometime this quarter.
For those consumers who like to buy dual SIM handsets with basic specs and features, the Asha 210 and Rex 70 might be great offerings, but, there will definitely be a confusion on whether to buy the Samsung handset or wait for the Nokia device to be released. GizBot has decided to do a spec comparison on both in order to let you solve your confusion.
Form Factor: While the weight of Rex 70 is not known, it measures 104.9 x 57.2 x 12 mm, whereas, Asha 210 boasts a dimension of 111.5 x 60 x 11.8 mm and weighs in at 97 grams.
When it comes to display, Asha 210 packs a 2.4 inch TFT display with a resolution of 320 x 240 pixels and a pixel density of 167 ppi approximately. On the other hand, Rex 70 features a 3 inch capacitive touchscreen display with a resolution of 240 x 320 pixels and 133 ppi pixel density approximately.
Further, Asha 210 comes with a QWERTY keypad and a dedicated WhatsApp buttion as mentioned above apart from being clad in attractive colors options such as yellow, cyan, black, magenta and white.
Camera: Both the handsets come with a 2MP rear camera and lack a front camera for video calling.
Storage: Asha 210 has 64GB internal storage and a micro SD card slot supporting up to 32GB additional storage. At the same time, Rex 70 has 10MB internal storage and a micro SD card supporting 32GB expandable memory.
Connectivity: Both Asha 210 and Rex 70 come packed with connectivity features including Bluetooth, Wi-Fi and micro USB 2.0.
Battery: Asha 210 is loaded with a 1,200 mAh battery offering up to 1104 hours standby and 12 hours talk time. On the other hand, Rex 70 is powered by a 1,000 mAh battery with 13 hours of talk time.
Price: Asha 210 is estimated to be priced at Rs 4,000 approximately and Rex 70 is available for purchase at Rs 4,385.
Other Features: Asha 210 comes with the Nokia Slam features for sharing images and videos through Bluetooth without paring. Also the handset is preloaded with YouTube launches for direct video streaming and comes with chat screen notifications to keep users updated.
At the same time, Rex 70 comes with TouchWIZ UI with 8 customizable homescreens, preloaded Facebook and Twitter applications, 10 free full version Gameloft games, 13 regional language support and ChatON and more apps.
Both Asha 210 and Rex 70 are entry-level handsets meant for users to be socially connected and bearing reasonable price tags. Moreover, both the handsets come with similar specifications and hence, the buying decision depends on the consumers. At the end, will be you buy Rex 70 or wait for the release of Asha 210?