Nokia is still gunning the low-end market with the unveiling of the new Nokia Asha 501 earlier today. Its running of what Nokia called “Asha Software Platform” which is basically a revised Symbian S40 OS.
The Nokia Asha 501 is quite different from the recently launched Nokia Asha 210 because it has a 3-inch QVGA touchscreen with hardened glass protecting it. There is no 3G here but its has Wi-Fi and dual sim capabilities being the other sim is hot swappable even if the phone is turned on. The OS is slightly tweaked for it doesn’t have menus or even a home buttom because the UI is swipe based. The button below the screen is just a back button.Social Networks like Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, and Foursquare are already installed on the phone. The phone has a unibody design with matte finish similar to the Nokia Lumia 620. The back cover is removable, replaceable and comes in vibrant colors. Nokia said that a 3G version of this phone will be launched on a later date.
Here is a short rundown of specs of the Nokia Asha 501
– 3-inch QVGA screen with 320 x 240 resolution with 133ppi
– 3.2 Megapixel camera
– expandable storage up to 32GB
– Wi-Fi connectivity, Bluetooth 3.0
– dual sim, dual standy, hot swappable
– 1,200 mAh battery
– Nokia Asha 1.0 OS
The Nokia Asha will be available next month in 90 countries (including the Philippines). No word on pricing just yet.