Nokia Asha 501 was unveiled last month in India and it has now gone on pre-order here in India at Nokia’s official stores for a price tag of Rs. 5199. The usp of the Asha 501 is the brand new Asha OS which is very intuitive for a low range handset and it is not the same S40 we are used to seeing on the other Asha devices so do not be confused.
The Nokia Asha 501 features 3-inch QVGA (320 x 240) display and the display is of hardened glass type which should be good enough. It has a 3.2 MP rear camera. It has dual sim capability with Nokia’s known hot swap facility. Connectivity includes 2G, Wi-Fi and the usual Bluetooth. The device has 128 Mb internal memory but thankfully it comes with a 4GB micro sd card out of the box. It is powered by a 1200 mAH battery which is rated up to 17 hours of talk time and up to 26 days of standby.
The new Asha OS is the offspring of the N9’s Meego Harmattan Swipe UI as it basically features an identical Swipe UI which is truly addictive. The multitasking is also there unlike the S40 platform with Nokia’s fastlane screen that brings your past, present and future activities together.
It comes preloaded with some basic apps such as Facebook, Twitter, Foursquare, LinkedIn, Nimbuzz, Twitter and other basic stuff. You will also get free 40 games from Electronic Arts and other good games by Gameloft, Indiagames, Namco-Bandai, Reliance Game and others as well all from the Nokia Store.
The new interface is certainly lovable and anyone getting a Asha 501 will not regret considering its price. Another good thing is a cute design and the Lumia like colors its available in. It is on sale for a price of Rs. 5199 at the Nokia website and it is also listed at Flipkart for a slightly higher price. The phone will go on sale in the first week of July.