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.
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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 😛
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.
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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