The Nokia Asha 501 was unveiled in May as the first device to run the new Asha platform, which Nokia has designed from the ground up to help make the user experience faster and more responsive.
Nokia Asha 501 comes with a 3.0-inch capacitive touchscreen display with a 240×320 pixels resolution, a single ‘back’ button and weighs a mere 98 grams. The smartphone packs in 3.2-megapixel rear camera. Nokia had said at the time of the phone’s launch that it will be offering single-SIM and dual-SIM variant of Asha 501. The one that has been currently listed on the India store is the dual-SIM variant that comes with Nokia’s easy swap feature. Connectivity options include Wi-Fi and Bluetooth, but no 3G or GPS.
The phone comes with 64MB internal storage, that is expandable by another 32GB. Nokia is bundling a 4GB microSD card free with the phone. Asha 501 claims to offer a talk time of 17 hours and a standby time of 26 days on a single charge.
The Nokia Asha 501 comes with over 50 pre-installed apps including Facebook and Twitter; chat services like Line, Nimbuzz and WeChat and other apps such as Cricbuzz, Newshunt, GetMeRated, CricInfo, CNN, ComicsHead and Twist Music. The phone will also come with 40 free EA games that can be downloaded by consumers.
Some popular applications such as eBuddy, ESPN, Foursquare, LinkedIn, Pictelligent, The Weather Channel, World of Red Bull and a few popular games from Electronic Arts, Gameloft, Indiagames, NamcoBandai and Reliance Games are already available on the Asha platform. Nokia claims that it will continue to add more popular apps to this platform in the near future.
Nokia is also offering free access to the standalone Facebook app, as well as to the mobile site m.facebook.com with the Asha 501 to Airtel consumers for a period of three months.
Nokia Asha 501 key specifications
3.0-inch 240×320 capacitive touchscreen display
64MB internal storage, expandable up to 32GB (4GB memory card bundled)
3.2-megapixel rear camera
Dimensions: 99.2 x 58 x 12.1 mm
Weight: 98 grams