It’s buzzing all over the technology arena that Nokia is ready to present its popular budget-friendly league of Asha handsets with a new punch. Reportedly, on 9th May, Nokia will host a global press event in New Delhi, where the company may announce Asha 501 handset along with few other devices. However, the press invites don't specify the subject of launch but as the invites were sent by Asha’s team members, so it can be assumed safely that these apparent devices would belong to Asha series. Stephen Elop, CEO commented on reframing the Asha series with a new design language and user interface by saying, “We have to make sure the product portfolio is as competitive as possible. We are due for a significant refresh.”
Nokia Asha 501 is continuously making the headlines for its up-scaled design that looks much similar to Nokia’s Lumia members, which shows-off well-toned shape and trendy colors. Nokia is going to enhance the looks of these upcoming devices with all-new user interface that is likely to be much friendlier than the previous generation Asha phones. Conventionally, Asha series follows a notion of basic feature phone contrasting a full-fledged smartphone and with the acceptability of affordable Android smartphones in India; the Asha line-up is being mistreated since quite a while.
These new devices would surely overcome these shortcomings by providing a more intuitive and shrewd “homescreen” in addition to sumptuous design aesthetics. Furthermore, the leaked screenshots suggests that are no hardcore physical menu buttons, just a soft-touch UI key is placed sensibly on the lower front, which might be a capacitive for the mid-priced devices and a basic one for the low-cost Asha handsets.
On technical front, this new entrant is likely to feature a 5MP camera with LED flash along with a front camera for video chats. Its capacitive touchscreen is expected to be larger than what we have seen in Asha 311 (3-inch TFT capacitive touchscreen). Also, we can expect that atleast 1GHz processor would power-up the device, which now becomes a standard for any mid-price smartphone.