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...
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61 Comments

36. jibraihimi

Posts: 801; Member since: Nov 29, 2011

There is multitasking...... What do you think Fastlane is for.....??? Don't make fun of yourself, and post comments without having any knowledge...........

44. Sangeet

Posts: 232; Member since: Apr 21, 2012

Sorry everyone.. I found out after posting it that it has multitasking.. I am extremely sorry as i don't post crap like these ever, it was mistrakenly Can anyone tell me how to remove my comment as it was a mistrake..

47. aditya.k

Posts: 496; Member since: Mar 10, 2013

That's the thing here! You can't remove your comment maybe unless you report your own comment! :/

14. aditya.k

Posts: 496; Member since: Mar 10, 2013

They will be releasing a phone with 3G support later, is what I heard! Also wanted to know if the other phones of the Asha series gets the update to this UI.?

15. sbw44

Posts: 433; Member since: Dec 04, 2012

Such a cheap,sleek,stylish looking device and PA bash it with negative stuff like "has no auto-focus and no flash. Internal storage is very limited. Of course, specs like these will not impress anyone who has ever laid hands on a modern smartphone" WTF are you expecting for a $99 smartphone? at least the UI looks fresh and fluid!

22. galaxymega6.3

Posts: 33; Member since: May 08, 2013

Cheap cheap nokia as always

25. Bappy

Posts: 25; Member since: Oct 29, 2012

Stuttering much?

29. tashreef

Posts: 476; Member since: Nov 24, 2012

look who's saying cheap!!! aah samsung fanboy... Keep that to yourself buddy... That's your Tagline ....

16. pongkie

Posts: 663; Member since: Aug 20, 2011

I want dual sim

19. KiranPAUSER

Posts: 73; Member since: Feb 15, 2013

Nice phone. Evolviton will make s40 the greatest low end os:)

23. aaron12345

Posts: 15; Member since: Jun 29, 2012

I think Nokia should make a 4/5" flagship device but I think they should follow a strategy, * They change to windows phone ( which they have already done) to invite more customers and improve reputation * then while there with windows phone, develop and invent an innovative operating system, * when they have a good reputation and a good operating system, start bringing out new phones with the new os, when their existing customers see the new devices they will be curious and may want to buy the new devices. This is the strategy that nokia should follow, although windows phones good and all, I know Nokia can make their own operating system, but they shouldn't make it yet, give it time and then they might

30. kkk15

Posts: 1; Member since: May 08, 2013

New OS with cute and colorful design. i love it.

31. shreehari

Posts: 45; Member since: Mar 10, 2013

colour colour what color minching minnching colour colour this will definitely sale really good

39. aditya.k

Posts: 496; Member since: Mar 10, 2013

Taech me Inglish, plaese! :d

32. GeekMovement unregistered

I like Nokia. They're models from low end to high end impresses me.

34. xperiaDROID

Posts: 5629; Member since: Mar 08, 2013

Well done Nokia! This is the sexiest touch screen feature phone yet! Excellent Nokia! x)

35. xperiaDROID

Posts: 5629; Member since: Mar 08, 2013

*Sorry about that, it should be "This is the sexiest budget-friendly SMARTphone yet!" Excellent Nokia! x)

38. aco96

Posts: 244; Member since: Oct 12, 2012

This UI looks great. Much improved than the one on Symbian devices

40. Adler374

Posts: 4; Member since: May 07, 2013

hopefully it sounds as awesome as the Asha 311. Best music quality I've heard on a phone, especially in this price range. Sounds even even better than my iphone 5. I'm being subjective of course. And hopefully they add 3G in an updated version.

48. aditya.k

Posts: 496; Member since: Mar 10, 2013

Asha 311 has really good sound quality. And its also loud! My mom has it. :D

41. spideyhead256

Posts: 148; Member since: Nov 05, 2012

looks quite cute =P might buy this to use as an mp3 player.hope it supports 5 or 10 band equalizers (old symbian phones had pretty good audio quality and equalizers)

46. grapeseed87

Posts: 123; Member since: Mar 13, 2013

When they come out with a touchscreen/ qwerty version with 3G for US markets, I would definitely get this over droid ANYDAY!

49. Arthurhkt

Posts: 721; Member since: Apr 19, 2012

Everytime when i saw Nokia release new Asha phone, it make me feel kinda sad and happy, i am sad because why not Nokia use Symbian as their Asha series OS?(Although i heard someone said before due to Symbian code was to messy or etc...) and i felt feel happy because from these Asha it seem like it remind me that some how Symbian and MeeGo(Nokia Ver) was still alive, cause their UI seem mix up from both, and i don't mind pay higher price if the phone comes with camera flash or wifi hotspot, but still it still a amazing phone on such a price, good luck Nokia, all the best :)

52. dexter_jdr

Posts: 1163; Member since: Jun 28, 2012

ITS A FACKING 99$ PHONE! WHY YOU COMPLAIN SO MUCH ON SPECS PA???

54. Bluesky02

Posts: 1439; Member since: Dec 05, 2011

No 3G urrrggghhhh "Shoot My Head"

59. reindeer_nation

Posts: 14; Member since: Jan 31, 2013

add instagram and I'll get it. probably wont happen though.

60. MC1123

Posts: 1256; Member since: Nov 12, 2012

i like the interface but come on! 3"? and still s40? oh my gosh nokia! bring something better on the low end market! stop making like it looks like a low end phone! features are good like that fastlane but still no multitasking! low end market is as demanding as high end market you know! thats why these cheap android keep arriving all the time with dual/quad core and 1 GB of RAM! again, at least merge some symbian code to that asha OS so that it can run symbian apps (.sis or .sisx) and with a REAL multitasking! a good phone for those brainless minds though,they dont know what is a smartphone, they look good but featurephone that nokia market as a smartphone! symbian is SMARTPHONE AND SMARTERPHONE!

61. MC1123

Posts: 1256; Member since: Nov 12, 2012

will wait for something better!

62. Alex123

Posts: 241; Member since: Oct 17, 2012

I love it but still problem with the small screen. I always dream that Nokia will enlarge the screen of its Asha phone to at least 3.8 up. however this phone is very fantastic!

63. TieuLaLa

Posts: 5; Member since: May 09, 2013

Someone pls tell me, is it a smartphone ? 99$? Nokia will be a Hitman :(
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