Nokia Introduces Budget--Friendly Asha 501, Sells for $99

Nokia recently unveiled the Asha 501, an entry-level Lumia-esque smartphone that sells for just $99. It runs on the renewed Asha Mobile OS, sports a 3-inch TFT capacitive display, and is boasted to have a 48-day standby battery life (26 days for the dual-SIM model).

First thing noticeable about the Asha 501 is its cute size and the features it borrowed from Nokia's Lumia series. The company sells this as making "high-end design and quality accessible to more people", which is mostly true at best. It also has apps, such as Facebook, that would make any smartphone user feel right at home.

nokia asha 501 specs and price in the philippines

Some of the Asha 501's features is a removable back cover, a 3.2-megapixel rear camera, the FastLane UI, and a dual-SIM capability (for EasySwap dual-SIM models only). Sadly it only operates in 2G, which the company thinks is just fair since this device's target markets won't probably have any access to 3G.

Bottomline, the Nokia Asha 501 is a promising device for the company, and we only hope that they continue with this trajectory—that is, producing more quality devices (with more power under the hood hopefully) at affordable prices.

Nokia Asha 501 Specifications

OS: Asha Mobile OS
Processor: TBA
Memory: 64MB RAM, 128MB internal storage, microSD expandable up to 32GB
Display: 3-inch TFT capacitive touchscreen (240 x 320 resolution), 133 ppi~
Camera: 3.2-megapixel rear camera, QVGA video recording
Battery: 1200mAh Li-ion
Dimensions: 99.2 x 58 x 12.1 mm; 98 g
Colors: Bright Red, Bright Green, Cyan, Yellow, White and Black
Features: 40 FREE EA games downloadable from Nokia Store, includes 4GB MMC in the box

The Nokia Asha 501 is slated for release this June to 60 operators and distributors in more than 90 countries worldwide for $99, or about P4,000 here in the Philippines.

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  1. will this be available in the phils? i'll jst add 1k and it is already a cherr ymobile flare or burst..


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