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Nokia Asha 500 render shows an interesting new glass/polycarbonate shell design

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Nokia Asha 500 render shows an interesting new glass/polycarbonate shell design
While Nokia's Asha line of smartypants featurephones hasn't really made headlines much, that probably has more to do with their comparatively limited appeal in the West. Truth is, Nokia is generally targeting lower income consumers, especially those in emerging markets with its not-quite-a-smartphone handset, thanks to an affordable $99 price tag for the latest Asha 501. The budget-friendly price will get you a phone with one of the most recognizable brands stamped on it, and an increasingly extensive list of features – one that is closing in on smartphones'.

But, Nokia Asha phones don't stun people with their capabilities, nor their internals. Instead, they combine the above-mentioned low price point with a cheeky design that comes in Nokia's signature palette of bright colors to capture the fancy of potential buyers that don't necessarily find a reason to dole out several times more for a feature-filled smartphone. It's the design, precisely, that Nokia has gone chasing this time around, for an interesting new render of an upcoming Asha – 500 – has been revealed by @evleaks. This time around, Nokia is going for something a tad more eccentric with the Asha 500, courtesy of its double-shot glass and polycarbonate design. The rest of the Asha 500 appears mostly identical to the Asha 501, as far as we can tell based on a picture – a camera flash, for example, is still missing. Having said that, it does appear that messenger app extraordinaire Whatsapp will finally make an entry onto Asha handsets – an oft-mentioned feature that previous Ashas lacked.

No release date has been set for the Nokia Asha 500, nor have we heard of the exact price, despite having a rather telling reference point, thanks to previous Asha phones.

source: @evleaks

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posted on 23 Sep 2013, 05:50 7

1. mousesports (Posts: 279; Member since: 28 Feb 2013)

Bring it on NOKIA !

posted on 23 Sep 2013, 05:55 4

2. itsdeepak4u2000 (Posts: 3718; Member since: 03 Nov 2012)

Wow...this new glass/polycarbonate shell design is beautiful.

Guys there're chances of getting Nokia powered Android devices if the shareholders goes against the MS' acquisition. Fingers crossed.


posted on 23 Sep 2013, 06:40 8

3. LetsBeHonest (Posts: 1524; Member since: 04 Jun 2013)

Yeahhh i read that too.... I hope nokia come back and make a android smartphone along with WP. That would be awesome but chances are unlikely since MS money plays big part on keeping nokia alive.

I'm not believer or agree with those who claim there is no chance for nokia in android market which dominated by Samsung currently. Sony and LG do pretty good (true its nothing compared to Samsung).

I mean look what happened to WP when nokia steped in. Haters gonna hate but WP has no where to go but up.
WP was almost "dead" before nokia entered the game. If they can make this much changes to a dead (almost) platform, i strongly claim they have pretty good chances on android too and probably give a kick to Samsung A**. At least they will be the second best manufacturer giving Sony and LG a little trouble.

posted on 23 Sep 2013, 11:56 1

7. akki20892 (Posts: 3902; Member since: 04 Feb 2013)

agree............we will see Nokia N10, the N-Series wil be back soon with android powered. Nokia is working on N project.

posted on 23 Sep 2013, 07:06 3

4. Miracles (Posts: 560; Member since: 31 Aug 2013)

And I thought my changes of seeing a Nokia with Android were over after Microsoft bought them out.

You sir just made my day. XD

posted on 23 Sep 2013, 07:37 3

5. aditya.k (Posts: 496; Member since: 10 Mar 2013)

Well miracles do happen! xD :P

posted on 23 Sep 2013, 07:44

6. boosook (Posts: 1442; Member since: 19 Nov 2012)

I know what you're thinking... that it's beautiful... the problem is that this is only a rendering... and the real screen will never have that contrast, that colors and that sharpness.

posted on 23 Sep 2013, 13:51 1

8. jackhammeR (Posts: 1548; Member since: 17 Oct 2011)

even low budget Nokia's phones look better than most of high end andro ones.

posted on 23 Sep 2013, 15:08 1

9. featurephone (Posts: 2; Member since: 28 Feb 2013)

Perhaps a minor point but Whatsapp has been available on S40 / Asha devices for quite a while. I've had it on an Asha 302 for at least 6 months.

posted on 24 Sep 2013, 12:02

10. iDroid8 (Posts: 155; Member since: 16 Oct 2012)

Yes, even i've seen that on an asha phone-some qwerty handset, probably the 200 or 201

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