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

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.

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



1. microsoftnokiawin

Posts: 1268; Member since: Mar 30, 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

26. tusshharish

Posts: 342; Member since: Oct 23, 2012

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

33. Timmehor

Posts: 599; Member since: Mar 09, 2013

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

50. akki20892

Posts: 3902; Member since: Feb 04, 2013

it's a N9 son my friend.

55. Bluesky02

Posts: 1439; Member since: Dec 05, 2011

Yeah agree with you, Thumbs Up

2. Timmehor

Posts: 599; Member since: Mar 09, 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!

3. jsdechavez

Posts: 799; Member since: Jul 20, 2012

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

42. boosook

Posts: 1442; Member since: Nov 19, 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.

43. tashreef

Posts: 476; Member since: Nov 24, 2012

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

45. grapeseed87

Posts: 123; Member since: Mar 13, 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.

58. Altair

Posts: 367; Member since: Feb 02, 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.

64. TieuLaLa

Posts: 5; Member since: May 09, 2013

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

4. joesseth

Posts: 61; Member since: Dec 18, 2012

Nice phone, $100, deal?

8. RaKithAPeiRiZ

Posts: 1488; Member since: Dec 29, 2011


28. microsoftnokiawin

Posts: 1268; Member since: Mar 30, 2012

cheaper than 100

37. joesseth

Posts: 61; Member since: Dec 18, 2012

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

5. thunderising

Posts: 232; Member since: Nov 25, 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!

6. rigorimpossible

Posts: 23; Member since: Sep 29, 2011

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

7. madpiyal

Posts: 108; Member since: Feb 11, 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).

9. Adithya7184 unregistered

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

17. volcano

Posts: 348; Member since: Jan 25, 2013

there will be a 3G version later

21. aditya.k

Posts: 496; Member since: Mar 10, 2013

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

53. blattlaus

Posts: 75; Member since: Dec 12, 2010

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

65. MC1123

Posts: 1256; Member since: Nov 12, 2012

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

10. jibraihimi

Posts: 806; Member since: Nov 29, 2011

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

11. jibraihimi

Posts: 806; Member since: Nov 29, 2011

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

24. Bappy

Posts: 25; Member since: Oct 29, 2012

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

12. Sangeet

Posts: 232; Member since: Apr 21, 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!!

13. RaKithAPeiRiZ

Posts: 1488; Member since: Dec 29, 2011

what did you expect ? meego ?

20. aditya.k

Posts: 496; Member since: Mar 10, 2013

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

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