Updated: 09/05/2013 07:54 | By pocket-lint.com

Nokia Asha 501: Bright, colourful and Facebook ready

Nokia Asha 501: Bright, colourful and Facebook ready

Nokia has launched a new, colourful Asha phone in New Delhi, India, called the Nokia Asha 501.

The device measures 99.2 x 58 x 12.1mm and comes with a 3-inch 320 x 240 touchscreen display. It is clearly aimed at impressing new smartphone users who want something with some oomph, but don't have the big bucks to afford the company's Lumia line-up.

Dumping the S40 operating system and taking on a bit of Nokia's previous MeeGo OS, it will be powered by Nokia's newly created Asha operating system and focuses on social media and sharing.

The Asha 501 does have some other decent specifications, considering its size and price. There is a 5-megapixel camera, single or dual-SIM capabilities, and a removable mono body. The phone comes with just 128MB of memory on board, but has a 4GB MMC (Multimedia Card) included. That can be swapped out for an optional larger one, up to 32GB. It will only be 2G, however. 

As with all the Asha range, the promised battery life is impressive: 48 days on standby and 17 hours of talktime - that's a lot of chatting.

From the box, the Asha 501 will come with a host of software pre-installed, including Facebook, Twitter, instant messaging and Weather Channel apps.

The phone will cost $99 (£64), not as cheap as the $15 Asha 105, but a lot more powerful.

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