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Nokia announces the Asha 205 'Facebook phone'

Offers one-click access to the social network
Mon Nov 26 2012, 10:42
Nokia Asha 205

FINNISH PHONE MAKER Nokia announced the Asha 205 handset today, its first phone to feature a Facebook button.

Following in the footsteps of the not so popular HTC Chacha, the Nokia Asha 205 features a dedicated Facebook button that offers one-click access to the social network.

The phone, aimed at those after a budget web-enabled handset, also comes with a new feature called Slam, which according to the Finnish firm makes sharing stuff pretty easy.

Nokia explains, "Let's say you take a picture, choose 'Send' and then 'Slam' from the list. This quickly detects the nearest Bluetooth-enabled device and offers that device the file.

The Nokia Asha 205 also features a 2.4in colour screen, a full QWERTY keyboard, a VGA camera, up to 32GB of internal storage and an 11 hour battery life. It also comes with a number of apps preloaded including Facebook and Twitter, and it will be available in black, white and pink.

"People around the world use Facebook Mobile to connect and share with their friends," said Javier Olivan, head of growth, engagement and mobile for Facebook.

"We are focused on delivering the best Facebook experience to as many people as possible and our partnership with Nokia perfectly complements our strategy of giving people around the world a rich Facebook experience for keeping in touch with their friends."

The Nokia Asha 205 will be available before the end of the year, costing around $62. There's no word on a UK release yet, and Nokia has yet to respond to our request for comment. µ


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