Nokia might seem as though they are on the decline, but let us remember that they are a behemoth back in their day, and currently still conquer the entry level market where basic phones are concerned. Nokia has just announced that their Series 40 phones have touched the 1.5 billion figure in terms of sales to date. The 1.5 billionth Series 40 phone sold was a Nokia Asha 303, where a 21-year-old woman in Sao Paulo, Brazil, picked it up. No idea on whether this is just a coincidence or plain good marketing, but the Asha 303 is right now the flagship model of the current S40 phones.
The first of the Series 40 phones was known as the Nokia 7110, where it hit the market back in 1999, and more than 10 years later, the S40 now carries a touchscreen display, Wi-Fi connectivity, a 1GHz processor, Nokia Maps as well as other functions. Still not quite a smartphone though, but Nokia is willing to go on a limb and consider the Asha 303 as a “smartphone lite”. [Press Release]