Nokia offiically announced the new Nokia Asha 501, a touch-based smartphone with a $99 price. It’s the first in its lineup to run a refreshed operating system bearing close resemblance to the canceled MeeGo OS and comes with a 3-inch screen and a 3.2-megapixel rear camera.
The most notable feature is its standby battery life, which the Finnish company guarantees to last an incredible 48 days for the single-SIM configuration. The dual-SIM model, on the other hand, can last as long as 26 days.
Nokia considers the Asha 501 to be a smartphone. However, specs such as 2G connectivity and a less sophisticated operating system might dissuade some people to think of the phone as “smart.” If anything, the Asha 501 should be labeled as a smart feature phone.
The Asha (which means “hope” in Hindi) product lineup was launched last year and contributed to Nokia getting back some share that it lost to the likes of smartphone giants, such as Samsung and Apple, in emerging markets. To keep such momentum, Nokia launched the new Nokia Asha 501 in India to introduce features that are quite valued in smartphones such as social network integration, while setting the price at an affordable $99 without contract.
Nokia Asha 501 Specs
Nokia Asha Platform
3-inch QVGA (240×320)TFT Capacitive Display
128MB internal memory
microSD card support up to 32GB
Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g
QVGA video recording at 15fps
3.5mm audio jack
Dimensions: 99.2 x 59 x 12.1 mm
UPDATE: Official price is Php4,490.
Considered to be another emerging market, the Philippines might just receive its own 501 launch as well in the coming months. In fact, the phone is slated to ship in June in over 90 countries all over the Asia-Pacific, Africa, and Latin America. We’ll let you know once it hit our local stores. If converted directly, the Nokia Asha 501 will be priced for around Php4,000 without taxes and subsidies.