Nokia Asha 308 vs Samsung Galaxy Y Duos Lite: Price War Heats up Between Dual Sim Smartphones

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Nokia Asha 308 vs Samsung Galaxy Y Duos Lite: Price War Heats up Between Dual Sim Smartphones

Dual SIM smartphones are a great success in the Indian smartphone market and many companies including Samsung, Nokia, Micromax, Karbonn and others have started taking advantage of the trend.

Several handset vendors have started selling dual SIM touchscreen smartphone with basic specs in order to attract the first time smartphone buyers.

Following on similar lines, on Monday, Nokia released one such smartphone dubbed as Asha 308 in the Indian market with a price tag of Rs 5,685 and impressive preloaded apps and features.

Relatively, last month, Samsung the South Korean tech giant also released a dual SIM low cost smartphone – Galaxy Y Duos Lite with Android 2.3.5 Gingerbread OS. Priced at Rs 6,790 is also targeted towards the first time smartphone users.

Hence, for those readers who are planning to upgrade to a budget smartphone and are confused, which one to opt for, Gizbot has come up with a comparison between Nokia Asha 308 and Samsung Galaxy Y Duos Lite. Have a look below!

Dimensions & Weight:Asha 308 measures 109.9 x 54.0 x 13.0 mm in dimension and weighs around 104 grams while Galaxy Y Duos Lite boasts a dimension of 103.5 x 58 x 12 mm and weighs in at 103 grams.

Display: In terms of display, Asha 308 sports a bigger screen of 3 inch with capacitive multi-point touchscreen display with 400 x 240 pixel resolution.

In comparison, Galaxy Y Duos Lite houses a 2.8 inch capacitive touchscreen display with a resolution of 240 x 320 pixels.

Processor: In this segment both smartphones possess similar ability with Asha 308 equipped with an 800MHz processor while Galaxy Y Duos Lite is powered by an 832MHz processor.

Operating System: When it comes to operating system, Asha 308 is based on the Nokia’s Series 40 OS while Galaxy Y Duos Lite is based on Android 2.3.5 Gingerbread OS.

Coming to the features of Series 40 OS, the platform has communication applications including messsaging and internet browser, Media applications such as image viewer, camera, music player, voice recorder, and FM radio, personal information manager with calendar, tasks and contacts applications. Improved support for high-quality color screens, context-sensitive icons and enhanced photorealism effects.

Camera: On the camera optics front, both the smartphone have a 2MP rear camera that can capture images with mediocre quality, however, both lack a front facing VGA camera for video calling.

Memory: Asha 308 has 20MB internal memory while Galaxy Y Duos Lite has a 2GB internal storage capacity.

However, both the handsets have a micro SD card slot, which supports expandable memory up to 32GB.

Connectivity: In terms of connectivity, Asha 308 has features like Bluetooth 3.0 and micro USB 2.0.

On the other hand, Galaxy Y Duos Lite is packed with connectivity features including micro USB 2.0, Wi-Fi , 3G and Bluetooth.

Battery: Asha 308 is powered by a 1,110 mAh BL-4U battery offering 6 hours talk time and 510 hours standby while Galaxy Y Duos Lite is loaded with a 1,200 mAh Li-ion battery of undisclosed battery backup.

Price: On the pricing front, Nokia Asha 308 is available for Rs 5,685 and Galaxy Y Duos Lite is available for Rs 6,790.

Verdict

Being budget smartphones – Asha 308 and Galaxy Y Duos Lite are packed with impressive features when compared to their price points.

Detailing on the Nokia offering, the handset comes preloaded with apps including Xpress Borwser, Nokia Nearby, Nokia Life+, Nokia Maps, 40 premium EA games, social features such as Facebook and Twitter, Nokia Messaging Service and video streaming through the browser from sites like YouTube.

At the same time, Samsung Galaxy Y Duos Lite comes with Chat ON, Google Search, Play Store, Google Latitude, Google Talk, Google Mail, Google+, YouTube, Samsung Apps, Social Hub, Messenger, Instant Messaging, Samsung Kies Conectivity and more.

If the concern is on a slightly larger display real estate, better browsing experience and a lesser price tag, Asha 308 could be a better option.

However, if the concern is on advanced connectivity features like Wi-Fi and 3G, increased internal storage capacity and slightly improved battery backup, the Galaxy Y Duos Lite is a good choice.

Anyways, both handsets are based on different operating systems and the choice of the OS is the primary deciding factor.

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