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Nokia Asha 500

Announced
Oct 22, 2013
Market status
Released

Pros

  • Dual SIM card support
  • Small dimensions (4.04 x 2.38 x 0.45 inches)

Cons

  • Slow data means slow Internet browsing (EDGE, GPRS)
  • Low pixel density screen (143 ppi)
  • Low resolution display (240 x 320 pixels)
  • The camera lacks autofocus
  • Low-resolution video capture
  • Lacks an ambient light sensor for automatic screen brightness adjustment

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Description

The Nokia Asha 500 comes with a 2.8-inch 240x320 pixel touchscreen, a 2MP camera, and the option to have the handset in either single- or dual-SIM flavor.

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Design

  • Device type:
    • Feature phone
  • Dimensions:
    • 4.04 x 2.38 x 0.45 inches (100.3 x 58.1 x 12.8 mm)
  • Weight:
    • 3.57 oz (101 g)
      the average is 4.8 oz (138 g)

Display

  • Physical size:
    • 2.8 inches
  • Resolution:
    • 240 x 320 pixels
  • Pixel density:

    Pixel density - The pixel density of a display represents the number of pixels over an area of one inch. It’s measured in “pixels per inch”, or ppi. The higher the number, the more detailed and good-looking the display is.

    • 143 ppi
  • Technology:

    Technology - There are two main screen technologies currently used in phones and tablets: LCD and AMOLED. The former usually features a light source and liquid crystals, while the latter is based on organic light-emitting diodes. Newer LCD variations like IPS-LCD and Super-LCD allow for very accurate color reproduction and very wide viewing angles, where no significant image quality loss is observed. Current AMOLED screens differ in such a way that they can exhibit much more saturated colors (sometimes too much) and incredibly high contrast levels, which is due to black color being completely black in AMOLED displays.

    • LCD
  • Colors:
    • 262 144
  • Touchscreen:
      • Yes
  • Features:
    • Proximity sensor

Camera

  • Camera:
      • 2 megapixels
    • Flash:
      • LED
    • Aperture size:

      Aperture size - The aperture of a camera is the opening through which light travels before it reaches the camera sensor. The smaller the number is, the bigger this opening is, allowing for more light to pass.

      • F2.8
    • Focal length (35mm equivalent):
      • 35 mm
    • Camera sensor size:
      • 1/1.5"
    • Features:
      • CMOS image sensor, White balance presets, Digital zoom, Self-timer
  • Camcorder:
      • 320x240 (QVGA) (13 fps)

Hardware

  • System memory:

    System memory - System memory, or RAM memory is the type of memory that the device uses to temporarily store data from the OS or currently-running apps. The more RAM available to the device, the better the performance will be when multiple or heavier programs are running.

    • 64 MB RAM
  • Storage expansion:
    • microSD, microSDHC up to 32 GB

Battery

  • Talk time:
    • 14.00 hours
      the average is 12 h (704 min)
  • Stand-by time:
    • 22.0 days (528 hours)
      the average is 20 days (480 h)
  • Capacity:
    • 1200 mAh

Multimedia

  • Music player:
    • Features:
      • Album art cover
  • Radio:
      • FM, Stereo
  • Speakers:
    • Loudspeaker

Internet browsing

  • Browser:
      • Nokia Xpress Browser
  • Built-in online services support:
    • Facebook, Twitter

Technology

  • GSM:
    • 850, 900, 1800, 1900 MHz
  • Data:
    • EDGE, GPRS
  • Micro SIM:
    • Yes
  • Multiple SIM cards:
      • 2 slots
  • Positioning:

    Positioning - This field shows the positioning systems supported by the device. There are three main types: GPS, A-GPS and GLONASS. GPS - This is one of the most widespread global positioning technologies, developed and maintained by the U.S. government. It uses satellites in order to detect your location. Works best in clear weather. A-GPS - A-GPS stands for Assisted GPS and is the industry standard for positioning and navigation. “Assisted” means that it can use local wireless networks, in addition to satellites, for quicker and more precise localization. GLONASS - GLONASS is a global positioning system, developed by the Russian Federation. It’s very similar to GPS, but isn’t so popular in cell phones.

    • Cell ID, Wi-Fi positioning
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Connectivity

  • Bluetooth:
      • 3.0
  • Wi-Fi:
      • 802.11 b, g, n
  • USB:
      • USB 2.0
    • Connector:
      • microUSB
    • Features:
      • Mass storage device, USB charging
  • Other:
    • Tethering, Computer sync, OTA sync

Other features

  • Notifications:
    • Haptic feedback, Music ringtones (MP3), Polyphonic ringtones (32 voices), Vibration, Flight mode, Silent mode, Speakerphone
  • Sensors:
      • Accelerometer
    • Voice recording

Availability

  • Officially announced:
    • 22 Oct 2013

Shopping information

  • Accessories:
    • Nokia Charger AC-11, Nokia Battery BL-4U 1200 mAh, Nokia Stereo Headset WH-108, Nokia 4 GB microSD Card
  • MSRP price:
    • $ 69

To see the full specifications with in-depth details click here.

This device is also known as Nokia RM-973


Alternative variants

We list only the specs that are different than the main variant

Nokia Asha 500 Dual

(Dual SIM version)
Differences:
  • Multiple SIM cards:
      • 2 slots

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