Asha 311, Asha 205 Keep the Cash Flowing for Nokia
Asha is the reason Nokia remains profitable and recent additions to the series somewhat weaved a clear picture why the handsets, mostly powered by Nokia’s antiquated S40 Symbian platform, were snapped up by close to seven million global consumers as of September 2012.REUTERS

Global smartphone leader Samsung launched its low-cost Rex series smartphones specially focused on emerging markets like India and other south eastern countries a few days ago but it will face strong competition from Nokia, which has a stronghold in the region.

Finnish handset maker Nokia too has released Asha smartphone series keeping in mind the prevailing trends in India, where price conscious middle class population has an attraction towards low-cost smartphones which pack with decent number of standard specs.

Now, the big question is whether Samsung's new Rex series smartphone will be able to compete with Nokia's flagship affordable Asha handset series in the market.

Here is a Breakdown of Comparison Between Samsung Rex 90 and Nokia Asha 311:


Samsung Rex 90

Nokia Asha 311


3.5-inch HVGA TFT

LCD display

3.0-inches WQVGA

LCD display with

240x400p resolution


A basic low power


1GHz processor


Samsung Touchwiz

Series 40

Internal memory

10 MB user memory

128 MB RAM & 256 MB ROM

Storage capacity

Expandable up to 32 GB

140 MB user-memory, expandable

up to 32GB


3.2-megapixel rear camera

3.2-megapixel rear camera with

4x digital zoom



2G & 3G



Li-Ion battery with 1,110 mAh

Additional specs

Dual-SIM, microSD slot,

USB v2.0,Bluetooth v3.0 HS,


Wi-Fi (802.11. b/g/n), USB v2.0,

Nokia Map v2.0,Bluetooth v2.0,



Rs. 6, 490/-

Rs. 5,999/-


With a 1GHz processing speed and a faster 3G network, Nokia Asha 311 beats rival Rex 90 hands down, but both the budget smartphone do share similar specs such as camera, battery capacity. All in all, both the smartphones make smart buy in a price sensitve market like India.