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Nokia Asha 501 now official – fun, colorful, smarter than any Asha to date

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Nokia Asha 501 now official – fun, colorful, smarter than any Asha to date
The rumor mill may have spoiled the surprise, but the Nokia Asha 501 is now official after being introduced at an event hosted by the company in New Delhi, India. And as you might expect, it's a budget-friendly phone tailored for the needs of emerging markets. However, that doesn't mean it's low on features.

The Nokia Asha 501 is actually the first member of a whole new family of Asha phones, meant to be more capable and functional than ever before. In fact, these new Ashas are to be built using technology adopted by Smarterphone – a company, which Nokia bought last year. With the Asha 501, Nokia is introducing a revamped user interface, which is split into two sections, one of them being a traditional icon-based list of menu items, and the other referred to as the Fastlane. Think of the latter as a list of features used most often, providing access to favorite contacts, social networks, and frequently used apps. 

Regardless of whether you pick the single- or dual-SIM variant, there is no 3G connectivity on the Nokia Asha 501. In other words, users will be limited to slower 2G speeds only. To make up for the lack of bandwidth, Nokia has pre-loaded its Xpress browser on the device, capable of compressing data by up to 90%. Facebook and Twitter clients are also included on the Nokia Asha 501, in addition to 40 free video games provided courtesy of EA.

The Nokia Asha 501

The Nokia Asha 501

As far as specs go, the Nokia Asha 501 has a 3-inch capacitive LCD touchscreen with resolution of 240 by 320 pixels. The 3.2MP camera on the back – capable of taking photos and low-res videos, has no auto-focus and no flash. With its 1200mAh battery, the phone can provide up to 17 hours of talk time or 56 hours of music playback. Connectivity-wise, you get Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, and an FM radio. Internal storage is very limited, but a microSD card slot for expansion is present and a 4GB card is included in the set. The unit itself has a thickness of 12.1 millimeters and weighs 98 grams. 

Of course, specs like these will not impress anyone who has ever laid hands on a modern smartphone, but they seem fitting considering the market targeted with the Nokia Asha 501. Expect seeing the handset on the market soon, available in a multitude of colors - black, white, green, yellow, red, and cyan. Pricing is set at $99 before taxes and carrier subsidy. 



source: Nokia

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posted on 09 May 2013, 03:17 30

1. microsoftnokiawin (Posts: 1178; Member since: 30 Mar 2012)


it's MeeGOesque lol
and will sell like hot cakes in the low end market better than any low end android and actually offers value

posted on 09 May 2013, 05:07 12

26. tusshharish (Posts: 342; Member since: 23 Oct 2012)


i like fastlane and design most............good job nokia........ :-)

posted on 09 May 2013, 06:06 13

33. Timmehor (Posts: 599; Member since: 09 Mar 2013)


Yeah, just the word branding "fastlane" sounds so cool.

posted on 09 May 2013, 10:58 2

50. akki20892 (Posts: 3901; Member since: 04 Feb 2013)


it's a N9 son my friend.

posted on 09 May 2013, 14:24 1

55. Bluesky02 (Posts: 1439; Member since: 05 Dec 2011)


Yeah agree with you, Thumbs Up

posted on 09 May 2013, 03:17 21

2. Timmehor (Posts: 599; Member since: 09 Mar 2013)


What an awesome low priced phone, so much sexiness, Meego?, fun, colourful and will be a hit in the 3rd world markets! Pure genius Nokia!

posted on 09 May 2013, 03:21 25

3. jsdechavez (Posts: 731; Member since: 20 Jul 2012)


At the entry-level, this does better than any entry-level droid. Good job Nokia.

posted on 09 May 2013, 08:58 1

42. boosook (Posts: 1437; Member since: 19 Nov 2012)


Are you sure? At the same price I can get a droid with 3G connectivity (come on, a smartphone with no 3G in 2013?), GPS (a smartphone without GPS?) and compass, which are standard in every droid.
What's more, I can get a droid with better screen resolution (320x480 vs. 240x320), higher screen size, more ram and access to every Android application on the Play store.
IMHO this phone is a joke.

posted on 09 May 2013, 09:26 3

43. tashreef (Posts: 476; Member since: 24 Nov 2012)


Yeh.. i know ugly, Buggy Droid....

posted on 09 May 2013, 10:07 3

45. grapeseed87 (Posts: 123; Member since: 13 Mar 2013)


IMHO you have yet to know about the rest of the world, where the 1/3 of the population lives on less than $2 a day with no proper IT infrastructure to speak of. These cheap albeit durable (Nokia is the go to phone) allow more people to enter the contemporary technology market and experience information and data even if it is at a slow rate. NOT every country in the world uses GPS, 3G, Wi-fi/Wi-Max, etc. everywhere. For most they just want the calling capability, texting (optional), FM (for news and some music), calculator, etc. Basic stuff.

posted on 09 May 2013, 16:35 1

58. Altair (Posts: 367; Member since: 02 Feb 2012)


If something here is a joke. It is you little android troll. Find us android device with better stats and 3G and show us how it works. If you cant, please go away.

posted on 09 May 2013, 23:16

64. TieuLaLa (Posts: 5; Member since: 09 May 2013)


Nokia make phone for everybody guy, not for u only.
Keep the world connected.
Tks.

posted on 09 May 2013, 03:24 4

4. joesseth (Posts: 61; Member since: 18 Dec 2012)


Nice phone, $100, deal?

posted on 09 May 2013, 03:44 5

8. RaKithAPeiRiZ (Posts: 1488; Member since: 29 Dec 2011)


unlocked

posted on 09 May 2013, 05:16 3

28. microsoftnokiawin (Posts: 1178; Member since: 30 Mar 2012)


cheaper than 100

posted on 09 May 2013, 06:52 5

37. joesseth (Posts: 61; Member since: 18 Dec 2012)


it's $99, actually. Excluding taxes and some sh*t.

posted on 09 May 2013, 03:25 10

5. thunderising (Posts: 232; Member since: 25 Nov 2011)


Asha has matured enough. C'mon Nokia make a real 4 inch mid range Asha phone and wow the low end feature phone market with it!

posted on 09 May 2013, 03:27 8

6. rigorimpossible (Posts: 22; Member since: 29 Sep 2011)


Love it. It appear as though it's smarter than a Lumia. Love my Lumia though.

posted on 09 May 2013, 03:44 6

7. madpiyal (Posts: 108; Member since: 11 Feb 2013)


Nokia has brought a really cool device for the masses. I like their effort to bring new goodies into the very lower end of spectrum making the life of normals colourful. No other OEM is as devoted as Nokia to bring technology to the poor. And the new OS(asha platform) is cool I think(successor of Symbian or meego).

posted on 09 May 2013, 03:44

9. Adithya7184 (Posts: 317; Member since: 05 Mar 2011)


no 3G....this phone f**ked up....

posted on 09 May 2013, 04:05 3

17. volcano (Posts: 348; Member since: 25 Jan 2013)


there will be a 3G version later

posted on 09 May 2013, 04:31 12

21. aditya.k (Posts: 495; Member since: 10 Mar 2013)


You wouldn't buy this if you could afford 3G costs! :D

posted on 09 May 2013, 14:13 1

53. blattlaus (Posts: 66; Member since: 12 Dec 2010)


It's for developing nations where 48 days standby is more important than 3G.

posted on 11 May 2013, 02:17

65. MC1123 (Posts: 1256; Member since: 12 Nov 2012)


yeah, but even developing nation wants at least 3G speed!

posted on 09 May 2013, 03:48 9

10. jibraihimi (Posts: 764; Member since: 29 Nov 2011)


Finally, multitasking at S40 at last.......... I think Nokia should also launch 3G variant of this phone.......

posted on 09 May 2013, 03:50 4

11. jibraihimi (Posts: 764; Member since: 29 Nov 2011)


I meant to say 'in S40 at last'......... Why couldn't I see any edit button Phonearena.....???

posted on 09 May 2013, 04:47 4

24. Bappy (Posts: 25; Member since: 29 Oct 2012)


Surprise... It's not s40, it's all new asha (smarterphone) OS 1.0!

posted on 09 May 2013, 03:50

12. Sangeet (Posts: 232; Member since: 21 Apr 2012)


And it still does not have multitasking!! Such a waste!!
If you want to do any other task then you have to stop the existing task and go to the other and then after you're done you will have to start the 1st task all over again..!!

Such a waste!!

posted on 09 May 2013, 03:52 6

13. RaKithAPeiRiZ (Posts: 1488; Member since: 29 Dec 2011)


what did you expect ? meego ?

posted on 09 May 2013, 04:29 3

20. aditya.k (Posts: 495; Member since: 10 Mar 2013)


Lol. There is multi tasking actually! Don't post something without knowing it for sure! :@

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