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Nokia Unveils Touchscreen Asha 501: Not a Smartphone, but Close Enough

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nokia-asha-501Everyone’s eyes are set on Nokia and the company’s secretive May 14 London event, where at least one new Lumia smartphone is to be unveiled, but before all that can happen the Finns have decided to strengthen their Asha line.

You know, the budget-conscious, cute and colorful smartphone wannabes. Well, the latest addition to the family might be the best ever, as it really comes close to being called a “smart device.”

The Asha 501 is powered by a brand new software platform, born as a sort of distant MeeGo relative after Nokia’s Smarterphone acquisition. Basically, what you get is a smooth and very easy to use interface, somewhat similar to Windows Phone, but a lot more minimalistic and with pretty weak app support.

In terms of hardware, the 501 is naturally not awfully impressive, but the 3-inch 320 x 240 pix res touchscreen, 3.2 MP camera and 1,200 mAh battery are not so very terrible. The on-board storage is a very modest 128 MB, but there’s microSD support for expanding it, while from a design standpoint the new Asha resembles the 210 a little, but ditches that retro (read: dated) QWERTY keyboard.

Weighing in at just 98 grams, the Nokia Asha 501 will be made available in “more than 90 countries worldwide from Q2” for $99 before taxes and subsidies in red, green, cyan, yellow, white and black.

 

<Source: Nokia Conversations>

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