Nokia Asha 501 Specifications and price : Feature phone gem from Nokia

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On this Thursday Nokia launched Nokia Asha 501, a new feature phone running on an up-scaled version of Symbian S40. This new lineup is what Nokia is calling the Asha platform. Nokia has currently been focusing a lot on emerging markets like India and Africa. This very push has made Nokia release another stellar phone in it’s already exhaustive budget lineup. The Nokia Asha 501 takes the game started by its predecessors to a next level. And that too while maintaining a nominal price of 99$ . At this price getting a nice budget Android phone is a difficult task, let’s see how Nokia Asha 501 fares up against the competition. So, let’s delve into the details for Nokia Asha 501 specifications and price.

Nokia Asha 501 Specifications and price : The details.

Nokia seems to be drawing a lot of inspiration from the Lumia series lately. Well, we aren’t complaining as long as it makes its phones look premium and of top notch quality.

Nokia Asha 501’s Display and touchscreen :

The Asha 501 boasts of a 3 inch – QVGA TFT capacitive display with hardened glass. With 133 PPI pixel density and multi-touch support for two fingers. Although the resolution of 320×240 may seem less as compared to what other phones in the market have to offer. But considering that other budget Android phones in this price range also have the same resolution we can consider it as a fair proposition. Also the quality of display and software used makes the less pixel density almost unnoticeable.
The touchscreen is very responsive and only lags occasionally when playing heavy games. For a sub 6k phone the touchscreen is excellent.

Nokia Asha 501 specifications and price : Review

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Nokia Asha 501 Specifications and price : Under the hood.

The Asha 501 has a 1 GHz processor and 64 Mb of RAM. The internal memory is 128 Mb. The phone ships with a 4Gb micro-SD card. And it’s memory can be upgraded to max of 32 GB via micro-SD card.
64 MB RAM seems a tad bit less. We will let you know how the phone performs under heavy usage as soon as we test it in detail.

Nokia Asha 501 Specifications and price – Network and connectivity.

The phone supports EDGE, Wi-fi 802.11 b/g and Bluetooth v3.0 . The Asha 501 doesn’t come with 3g support. But the phone is targeted for an audience that is very unlikely to use 3g. So, it may not be of much concern. Call quality is excellent as is expected from a Nokia phone.
The phone will come in a single sim and  dual sim variant. The dual Sim has one slot capable of hot swapping.

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Nokia Asha 501 Specifications and price : Battery life, build and camera.

The phone has a 3.15 MP camera. But video recording is only supported up to QVGA quality. The phone doesn’t have a secondary camera and no flash.
The phone really shines in the battery life department with a 1200 mAh battery. The single sim version lasts for 48 days on standby while the dual sim for 26 days. The phone delivers upto 17 hours of talk time. With such a battery life one may even go on a safari without a charger


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The build quality is excellent. The phone has a uni-body design. It comes in black, white, cyan, yellow, bright green and bright red colors. The Nokia Asha 501 also comes with removable covers. And Nokia Asha 501 has the basic proximity and accelerometer sensors.

The Asha 501 has the dimensions 99.2 x 58 x 12.1mm and weighs about 98g.

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Nokia Asha 501 Specifications and price : Software and bundled apps.

Nokia Asha 501 specifications and price : Excellent Design & Build

The Asha 501 has Asha software platform v1.0. This OS has taken lot of visual cues from the MeeGo OS by Nokia. The UI changes are more than visible. New status bar, options for fast switching of Sims make it an even sweeter deal. The Swipe UI is pretty excellent, almost all actions are performed with swipes rather than selection. The phone has inbuilt support for Facebook, Twitter and other leading social networks.
The Xpress browser by Nokia makes another appearance in this phone. It drastically improves data usage and renders webpages faster because of its cloud based compression technology.
The most unique feature of this phone is “Fastlane” . Like a call log it stores all activity history of the phone. A single swipe reveals most used apps, motes made recently, calender events and reminders. It’s a pretty distinctive feature and sets it apart from the rest of the budget lineup.

Expected Arrival and price : The phone is set to hit the markets around early June for an expected price of 99$ in 90 countries on 60 operators. This makes for a modest Rs. 5,500 tag.

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  • maulik

    will you plz tell me the name of template of this web ?

    • Aditya Nath Jha

      It is codilight Theme by

  • deepak

    very good mobile after long time Nokia…people will like this phone!

  • Masereka Francis

    Please thank you for the innovations.
    Just asking if Uganda is among the 90 countries mentioned and how much it will be
    thank you
    Francis Masereka

    • Aditya Nath Jha

      Well, it's not yet disclosed as to which will be those ninety countries. But if all the major smartphones by Nokia and it's Asha series are available in Uganda, then it will also be launched most probably. But if the availability of Nokia phones is less there, then it would be difficult to say anything!

  • Sukanta

    Plz tell me sir is this dual sim phone??

    • Aditya Nath Jha

      Yes, it will come in two variants : Single sim and dual sim! :D
      Keep visiting!

  • sankalp das

    will it be able to play angry birds,fruit ninza,angry birds seasons,star wars,space,rio,talking tom
    and games like temple run,subway surfurs(but i dont think these 2 games could be played in this phone but if it could please reply)

    • Aditya Nath Jha

      It's a Series S40 based phone don't expect so much from it. At this budget it can only run talking tom or angry birds at max :D

      • sankalp das

        thank you sir

  • Vishal

    Sir may I know please that this mobile has multitasking and it supports whats app….??

    • Aditya Nath Jha

      It will support whatsapp. Multi tasking max two things at a time ( going by the hardware and Os) but it maybe more cpable in real world usage scenario!

  • subhrajeeta roy

    will it suport we chat n video calling?

    • Aditya Nath Jha

      No news yet, we chat may most likely be supported but video calling seems difficult to comment upon!

  • Gertrude Asumadu

    Please about the price am still uncertain. I realized it will be 99 dollars which means in the UK where I am it will be 65 pounds..for real??? I already use a Nokia phone (C3) so it wouldn't be bad using an upgraded Nokia phone like this one. More details about the price please and its distribution.

    • Aditya Nath Jha

      But official word is not yet out about the phone's availability, it seems Nokia is too busy with the Lumia series!

  • ashwin

    Is Asha OS better compared to Android??

    • Aditya Nath Jha

      No, but it holds it own when talked about Feature phones!

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    • mohd

      nokia asha 501 can support temple run and many other games and apps

  • Ali

    sir plz tell me can the Nokia Asha 501 record voice calls automatically ?

    • Aditya Nath Jha

      No, as of now I don't think the Nokia Asha 501 has such feature. Though the same can be made available if they make a third part app for it!

  • raju

    Youtube videos are played in this phone?

    • Aditya Nath Jha


  • sanas

    Can it support video calls other than skype…?

    • Aditya Nath Jha

      No idea Miss. Sanas.

  • suhas

    sir i m about to buy this mobile……do u prefer i go forward….does whatsapp supprt and app store,google play available????

    • Aditya Nath Jha

      Whatsapp runs on the Nokia asha 501 but google play is only available on Android it is a phone with Nokia Asha os!

  • lakshmi v

    Sir what application for network and browsing is it compatible for 2g and 3g connection in india

  • Kipps Dwumfour

    Is the touchscreen more sensitive to the Nokia lumia?

    • Aditya Nath Jha

      No. But it is at par.

  • anup sarvesh

    can temple run be played on asha 501 ?

  • pradeep phani

    Aditya can you please let me know when whats app will be launched in nokia asha 501.

    • Aditya Nath Jha

      I will try getting the exact details for you.