Nokia has officially unveiled the first member of the most popular Asha series, Nokia Asha 501, which will run on the new operating system, rather than the obsolete S40 platform. As reported earlier, the handset is a refurnished version of previous Asha series phones, which sports trendy colors, high-quality build and a more interactive user interface. This newest Asha member shares the design from the low-end Lumia smartphones.
As a part of a global event held in New Delhi, Nokia CEO Stephen Elop said that the company is extremely pleased with the overall performance of Asha phones and now it’s time to re-design the lineup. This results in the creation of Series 5 Asha devices, which have been designed especially for countries like India. Nokia Asha 501 runs on the new updated version of Asha operating system that has been designed and developed keeping the expectations of consumers in mind. The smartphone will be available in six different colors at a price of Rs. 5,300 (approx.), excluding taxes.
The company might start shipping this new handset most probably by the month of June 2013. Nokia is also providing an exclusive offer for Airtel customers in India, which includes free access to the popular social networking site, Facebook, via a stand-alone in-built application. Speaking on the partnership with Facebook, Stephen Elop, MD and CEO of Nokia, said, “The Facebook partnership begins with 501. At a later date we might think of extending it to other models. We are working with operators around the world."
Nokia Asha 501 features a 3-inch LCD capacitive touchscreen display with QVGA resolution of 320 x 240 pixels. The device sports a 3.2MP camera (without flash) at the rear, which is similar to what was seen in other Nokia Asha handsets. Available in single and dual-SIM variants, the smartphone supports 2G connectivity only. Other than 2G support, Nokia brings Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and microUSB v.2.0 port as other connectivity features that facilitates web and I/O connectivity. Other than this, Nokia claims to be launching a 3G version sometime post the 2G version.