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Nokia Asha 501: the Asha that looks a lot like a Lumia

Will retail for $100 USD or roughly Php4,100.
Will retail for $100 USD or roughly Php4,100.

Hello Nokia Asha 501!

Unveiled in New Delhi, India, the Nokia Asha 501 is quite different from the recently launched Nokia Asha 210 for several reasons. First it follows the design elements of the Lumia line: solid color, a seemingly unibody design, and all glass at the front. The back cover has a matte finish, removable, replaceable and comes in vibrant colors. What’s interesting is that the operating system isn’t Windows, it’s Asha OS, a new operating system from Nokia. The OS is swipe based with two main screens: the Nokia Asha Fast Lane which shows you your most used and recently used apps and the usual app grid. For apps there’s the Nokia store but we’re not sure how many apps are available. Usual suspects though like social networks, aka Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, and Foursquare are already installed on the phone.

Nokia said that a 3G version of this phone will be launched on a later date.

Here are two videos about the Nokia Asha 501. The first is the promotional material while the second one is a hands-on.

Nokia Asha Spec Sheet

  • 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
  • Asha OS

Nokia Asha 501 will be available next month in 90 countries (including the Philippines). SRP is $100 USD or roughly Php4,100.

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