Nokia Asha 501 up for India pre-orders at Rs. 5,199

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Nokia Asha 501 up for India pre-orders at Rs. 5,199
Nokia has started taking pre-orders of its Asha 501 phone. The phone is listed on the Nokia India's online store for Rs. 5,199. The listing does not mention the exact day when the phone will be available the but states that Nokia Asha 501 will be available in Black, White, Cyan, Yellow and Red colour options.

The phone was unveiled in May as the first device to run on 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 3.0-inch capacitive touchscreen with 240x320 pixels display a single 'back' button and it weighs a mere 91 grams. The smartphone packs in 3.2-megapixel rear camera. Nokia had said at the time of 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 card free with the phone. Asha 501 is rated at talk time of 17 hours and a standby time of 26 days on a single charge.

Some of the popular applications such as CNN, eBuddy, ESPN, Facebook, Foursquare, Line, LinkedIn, Nimbuzz, Pictelligent, The Weather Channel, Twitter, WeChat, 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 be adding some more popular apps to this platform in the near future.

At the launch of Nokia Asha 501, the company also announced that is has collaborated with Facebook and telecom operator Airtel to offer data-free access to the standalone Facebook app, as well as the mobile site m.facebook.com. Under this arrangement, current Airtel subscribers in India and Africa will be able to enjoy unlimited data-free access to Faceboook from Nokia Asha 501 for a limited period of time. This offer will be available from second quarter of 2013.


Mobiles launched in June 2013

Nokia Asha 501 key specifications

  • 3.0-inch 240x320 capacitive touchscreen display
  • 64MB internal storage, expandable up to 32GB (4GB memory card bundled)
  • 3.2-megapixel rear camera
  • Wi-Fi, Bluetooth
  • 1200mAh battery
  • Asha platform
  • Dimensions: 99.2 x 58 x 12.1 mm
  • Weight: 98 grams
  • Design
  • Display
  • Software
  • Performance
  • Battery Life
  • Camera
  • Value for Money
  • Good
  • Easy to use UI
  • Smart design and form-factor
  • Value for Money
  • Bad
  • Battery back-up with data and Wi-Fi usage not satisfactory
  • No 3G
Display 3.00-inch
Processor one-core
Front Camera No
Rear Camera 3.2-megapixel
RAM 64MB
Storage 128MB
Battery Capacity 1200mAh
OS Nokia Asha platform 1.0
Resolution 240x320 pixels
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