Nokia Asha 501 launching around the world starting this week
Nokia announced that its latest Asha handset, the small Asha 501, would start shipping this week in some Asian markets (in both single, and dual SIM versions). Specifically, customers in Thailand and Pakistan should be able to buy the phone in the next few days, with India to get it shortly after that.
Next week, the new Asha will be released in other Asian markets, as well as in Europe, the Middle East, and Africa. It will also go on sale in Latin America, but only in “late summer.”
Costing only $99.99 before taxes and subsidies, the Nokia Asha 501 is one of the cheapest touchscreen phones introduced this year. It comes with a new Asha Touch interface that includes two main screens (Home and Fastlane). That aside, you’ve got a 3 inch QVGA display, no 3G, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g, Bluetooth 3.0, FM radio, Nokia XpressBrowser, 3.2MP rear camera, 1,200 mAh battery, and a 4GB memory card in the box. Customers will also find a Nokia Stereo Headset WH-208 in the box, plus an interchangeable back cover.
The handset will be available in six color versions: black, white, cyan, bright red, bright green, and yellow.
Nokia said that it sold more than 20 million Asha Touch handsets around the world until now.