Nokia adds touchscreen handsets
Nokia has added three touchscreen handsets to its Asha line of phones, as it revamps its lower- priced handsets to meet demand for smartphone features.
The Asha 305, shipping this month, is priced at 63 euros ($79), and will be the company’s cheapest full-length touchscreen phone, Juha-Pekka Sipponen, vice president and head of portfolio and product management, said in a telephone interview. The Asha 306 model, priced at 68 euros, and the 92-euro Asha 311, featuring a faster touchscreen and a 1-gigahertz processor, will be added in July, he said. Nokia is trying to reinvigorate its low-end phone business where shipments fell 16 percent in the first quarter.
Nokia shifted last year to Microsoft’s Windows Phone as its main smartphone platform.