Nokia Asha 311 is one of the best handsets available in the Asha series. It was launched last year in August in India. The device is available in the Indian markets at a best buy price of around Rs 6,000. Undoubtedly it is one of the best handsets in the low range segment particularly in the sub 6500 INR range. To capture the low end handsets market in India Samsung also introduced a new range of feature phones under the a new series called as REX.
The best handset under this series is the Rex 90 which is available for a best buy price of Rs 6,000. There is a tough competition between the Rex 90 and Asha 311. The main reason for the competition is the price, both the devices are available for nearly same price. So the consumers often get confused which one they should opt for.
So here is a comparison between the two devices on the basis of features and specs. We won’t be comparing the devices based on their actual performance since we used both the devices for a brief time.
Display & Body
Samsung Rex 90 is a slimmer than Asha 311. Rex 90 is 11.9 mm thick whereas the Asha 311 is 12.9 mm thick. The difference is just 1 mm which is barely noticeable but the major difference between these two devices in terms of display is the screen size. Rex 90 comes with a 3.5 inch display which has a resolution of 320 x 480 pixels while Asha 311 has a 3 inch screen with 240 x 400 pixels resolution. Asha 311 display comes with a Corning Gorilla glass protection making it less vulnerable to scratches. Rex 90 does not have any such protection.
Performance & Hardware
Asha 311 is powered by a 1Ghz processor while Rex 90 comes with a 312Mhz processor. This makes Asha 311 3 times more powerful than the Rex 90 theoretically. Asha 311 comes with 140 MB internal storage while Rex 90 have only 20MB of internal storage. Both the devices support microSD card for expanding the storage. The point worth mentioning here is that you get a free 2GB microSD card with Asha 311.
The mot important point about the connectivity these days is the WiFi & 3G. Asha 311 supports both the connectivity features whereas Rex 90 only supports WiFi which gives Asha 311 a slight advantage over the Rex 90. Asha 311 comes pre-loaded with the Nokia Browser which provides upto 90% data compression thereby saving bandwidth and giving a faster browsing experience. Rex 90 does not have any such native browser but user can use the Opera mini to achieve data compression upto 90%. Rex 90 is a dual SIM handset whereas Asha 311 just supports single SIM.
Samsung Rex 90 comes pre-loaded with applications like Twitter, Facebook etc. Asha 311 also comes pre-loaded with these apps and also have Nokia Maps application which is the best navigation app available for Indian Users. Nokia also gives 40 free EA games worth Rs 2,700 with the device. Besides these Asha 311 also offers apps such as data counter to keep a track of your data usage and Akshar app which supports multiple languages text input such as Hindi, Bengali etc.
Nokia Asha 311 also has a special social client which supports upto 70% data compression. It also have Whatsapp which is the most famous IM client and is not available for Rex 90. Asha 311 also have few more additional features such as operator billing for Paid Apps, Push notifications for Twitter & Facebook and multiple email account setup.
Nokia Asha comes with a 1110mAh battery as compare to the 1000mAh battery present in the Rex 90. The difference in the battery capacity is minor but as we mentioned that Rex 90 has a bigger 3.5 display which would consume more battery as compare to the 3 inch display present in the Asha 311. So the Asha 311 will have a better battery life as compare to Rex 90.
Both the devices i.e Asha 311 and Rex 90 are great devices in the feature phones segment. Rex 90 comes with a bigger display & resolution but lacks Corning Gorilla glass protection as seen in the Asha 311. In terms of performance Asha 311 has an advantage over the Rex 90. The main area where the Asha 311 really leaves the Rex 90 way behind is the Apps. It has better apps specially the Nokia Maps and Whatsapp as compare to the Rex 90.
The price of both the devices is nearly the same which makes it tough for the consumers to choose between one of these device. At the end we would like to suggest you to go for the one which has more features according to your preferences. If you want to have a bigger display with better resolution and you think it is the most important factor while buying a device you should go for Rex 90. But if you think that you must opt for a device which has better performance, battery life, connectivity features and apps such as Nokia Maps and Whatsapp then you should go for Asha 311. So which one do you think is the best among these and which one would you opt for? Do let us know by leaving a comment below.