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February 28, 2012

#MWC12 Day One Summary

Wow, *what* a day! Here at Nokia Connects we’ve been scurrying around like busy beavers bringing you the news all day, so it’s time to sit back with a warm cup of something and reflect on Day One of Mobile World Congress.

via Nokia Conversations (more of this later)

New Asha phones

First of all, let’s cover the Asha releases. The Asha 202 and Asha 203 are Touch and Type phones, and the Asha 302 is a QWERTY configuration – the first S40 device to feature Microsoft Exchange email. The 202 has dual SIM capabilities. What a line up (the initial reactions as reported on earlier were very impressive).

yespress at Nokia Innovation brings us all the specs of the new additions to the line up and also the news that upon release, these Asha phones will come complete with 40, yes 40, EA games. Free of charge. The first S40 phones to feature EA games, the package will include popular titles such as Tetris, Need For Speed and Bejeweled (a personal favourite). This is perfect for the target market of the Asha series, the next billion. As Sascha Segan points out on PC, the Asha line is aimed at and designed primarily ‘for the developing world’, but it’s not impossible that they will come to other markets.

The Asha series also heralded a new evolution in Nokia Life (formerly Life Tools) which – according to Reuters – provide ‘life-enhancing information’ to over 50 million users. With a new look and enhanced tools, Nokia Life

delivers content in the areas of parenting, life skills, education, health, entertainment and agriculture. For example, Nokia Life can help parents focus on children’s physical, emotional and social growth needs, from birth to adolescence

Nokia Lumia 610 with Windows

Staying with phones at the lower end of the price range, the new Nokia Lumia 610 was announced today.

This hands on from Zach at Engadget is a comprehensive ‘first look’, so well worth three minutes of your time

Nokia Lumia 900 news

via SlashGear

As reported on SlashGear by Chris Davies, the Nokia Lumia 900 is spreading its wings and heading to more countries in a non-LTE HSPA version (Canada will get an LTE version).

Nokia 808 PureView

This is the news that has been lighting up the interwebs like Times Square on New Year’s Eve. Nokia today announced the 41 megapixel Nokia 808 PureView. As we reported earlier today the buzz was incredible. James Burland probably summed it up best – ‘amazing’.

For a hands on look, the guys at TechRadar have a video and as full a review as I’ve seen so far

‘[We] spent some time with the large-sensored monster, and it certainly is a beast when it comes to picture taking’

We’re sure there’ll be plenty more reaction to the Nokia 808 PureView in the coming days once people have given the 41 megapixel news to settle in and there’s another busy day to come tomorrow as Day Two rolls out. What did you think of Day One? Let us know in the comments below, and the @Nokia_Connects channel is always open for you to share your views.