Nokia Asha 501 opens a new chapter in the story of the successful Nokia Asha line. It is the first in a series of Nokia Asha phones to feature the new Nokia Asha software platform. Nokia Asha 501 is a low cost smartphone that will offer some premium features currently exclusive to the Nokia Lumia line and the Meego based Nokia N9. It will be available in single-SIM and dual-SIM variants and will support micro-SIM. It now supports the popular WhatsApp Messenger
A New Asha Software Platform
According to Nokia’s press statement announcing the launch of the Nokia Asha 501 “The handset pushes the boundaries of affordable smartphone design with bold color, a high-quality build and an innovative user interface”.
Nokia Asha 501 features the new Nokia Asha software platform, which is a result of Nokia’s acquisition of Smarterphone in 2012. The new Asha software platform is designed to offer a good user experience at affordable price and if it works well, I expect this to be a nightmare for cheap Android phones and Samsung Rex.
Nokia Asha 501 comes with two home screens that makes it easy for you to access what you want faster. One is the Home, which is just the traditional home screen you are accustomed to on your smartphone with icons for launching apps as well as notifications and commands.
The other is Fastlane, which according to Nokia provides a record of how the phone is used, giving people a glimpse of their past, present and future activity, and helping them multi-task by providing easy access to their favourite apps and features. Fastlane is inspired by the swipe motion gestures of the Nokia N9.
Nokia Asha 501 will be pre-loaded with a new content app called Nokia Xpress Now that recommends content based on location, preferences and trending topics. Nokia Asha 501 will also come pre-loaded with Facebook, Twitter, Youtube, Foursquare, Linkedin with an offer of 40 Free EA Games for you to download and keep forever from the Nokia Store.
Nokia’s location platform, HERE, will also be available for download on the Nokia Asha 501 from Q3, 2013.
Display & Camera
Nokia Asha 501 has a 3.0-inch capacitive touch display with multi-touch support and 320 x 240 pixels resolution. On the rear-side is a 3.2 megapixels camera with QVGA video recording.
Dual-SIM or Single-SIM
Nokia Asha 501 is the cheapest Nokia phone to feature a micro-SIM and may actually signal that the end is near for the mini-SIM. It will be available in two variants; a single SIM variant and a dual-SIM variant that comes with Easy-Swap, a technology that enables you swap your secondary SIM without switching-off the phone.
Nokia Asha 501 supports 2G internet (GPRS/EDGE), but with Nokia Xpress Browser you will enjoy fast internet and cost savings, thanks to Nokia’s cloud compression. Nokia is also partnering with Facebook, Airtel, and MTN to offer access to Facebook free on Nokia Asha 501 for a limited time.
Pricing & Availability
Nokia Asha 501 is now available in Nigeria. Nokia Asha 501 Price in Nigeria ranges from N14,000 to N19,500 depending on your location in Nigeria.
Nokia Asha 501 Specs:
A brief specs of the Nokia Asha 501:
- Weight: 98g
- Dimensions: 99.2 x 58 x 12.1 mm
- Colours: Bright Red, Bright Green, Cyan, Yellow, White, Black
- 3.0-inch Capacitive Touch Display with Multitouch (240 x 320 pixels, 133ppi)
- Scratch-Resistant Glass Screen
- 3.2MP Camera with QVGA Video (240 x 320 pixels)
- Dual-SIM with Easy-Swap (Dual-SIM Variant)
- Nokia Asha Software Platform
- 64MB RAM, 128MB Internal Flash Memory
- Storage: 4GB MMC memory, supports up to 32GB memory card
- Nokia Slam: Share music, photos, videos without pairing
- Here Maps: For navigation and location (from Q3, 2013)
- 3.5mm audio jack
- Mini SIM
- GSM dual-band (850, 1900MHz or 900, 1800 MHz)
- GPRS/EDGE Internet up to 236.8kbps
- Nokia Xpress Browser: Super-Fast with Data Compression
- Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g
- Video Streaming
- Stereo FM Radio with RDS
- Java MIDP 2.1
- Facebook, Twitter, YouTube
- email/push email/IM
- Music player (MP3, WMA, AAC, WAV)
- Video player (AVC, Mpeg4, WMV, 3GPP)
- Bluetooth 2.1 with EDR
- Photo editor
- WAP 2.0/XHTML/HTML browser
- Battery capacity: 1200 mAh
- Standby: 1152 hours (Single-SIM), 624 hours (Dual-SIM)
- Talktime: 17 hours