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Lumia-like Nokia Asha 501 spotted in India, portable charger to accompany

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  • Jun 11, 2013, 18:04 PM IST
Lumia-like Nokia Asha 501 spotted in India, portable charger to accompany

The Asha 501 from Nokia, sporting the looks of a popular Nokia Lumia smartphone will soon land in India.


Nokia on its facebook page has announced 'a splash of color in your pocket. Nokia Asha 501. Coming soon'. Launched last month on the 10th, the phone is being made in India. It affordable phone will roll out to 90 countries this month.


It has been spotted at one store with a coming soon tag. The Nokia Asha 501 is a major  shift from the most popular Nokia smartphone range in India, the Nokia Asha. It marks the beginning of a new family of Asha smartphones. The Asha 501 pushes the boundaries of affordable smartphone design with bold colors, high-quality build and an innovative user interface, as this lowers  the price of a smartphone (with a premium look) to just Rs 5400.


The Nokia Asha 501 is the first device to run on the new Asha platform, which is designed to make the experience faster and more responsive. This new OS environment also helps developers to create, publish and make more money from apps made specifically for the new generation of Asha devices.


We have spotted this smartphone at an Indian store. Also know more about the portable charger for the Asha 501 in the next pages.


About Nokia Asha 501


The phone has removable casing and the scratch-resistant glass display, which features a 3-inch, capacitive touchscreen and a single 'back' button. The compact new Asha weighs only 91 grams, for the ultimate portability. 


This dual SIM phone has got an internal memory which can be expanded up to using a microSD card. Additional memory of 4 GB and a Nokia Stereo Headset WH-109 will be in offer with the purchase. Nokia will offer 40 free EA Games 75 downloadable from Nokia Store.

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    Lumia-like Nokia Asha 501 spotted in India, portable charger to accompany

    The phone has been spotted at Infibeam in two colour variants as coming soon to India. Though the 3 incher will be coming to India in Red, Blue, White Black and Yellow colours, the store only displays the Red, White and Yellow variant as coming soon.


    All the 5 colour options have been spotted at Indiatimes also with a coming soon tag. The phone will come with a Nokia Stereo Headset WH-109 and 4 GB microSD Card for expanding the phone memory.


    The phone has also been added to the Nokia India website.


    Nokia has also launched a set of colourful portable charger with the phone. Read about this in the next page.

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    Lumia-like Nokia Asha 501 spotted in India, portable charger to accompany

    Nokia has launched a new accessory in-line with the design of the new Asha, 501 smartphone, the DC-18, a portable power pack with digital display and multiple colour options.


    The popular and premium Lumia 920 handset which is now available at about Rs 30990, (read here) is known for sporting the wireless charging feature. Wireless charging is not possible with the Nokia Asha 501, but with this accessory charging anytime, anywhere is possible. Made of a smooth, natural feeling plastic, the neon red square – which measures just 57mm x 57mm – this portable charger fits neatly in your pocket or at the bottom of your bag.


    This power pack will keep the phone juiced-up when you need it most. Although, the Nokia Asha 501 has a 48-day standby time, it’s always good to have that little bit extra – for those emergencies. The Asha 501 supports USB charging.


    To charge your phone, you’ll initially need to charge up the power pack. After that, whenever you need it, plugging in the Micro-USB will transfer the power from pack to phone.


    Nokia Asha 501 will offer access to many apps from the Nokia store which includes apps from Indore-based gaming company Twist Mobile. Read more in next page.

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    Lumia-like Nokia Asha 501 spotted in India, portable charger to accompany

    The Indore-based Twist Mobile has already ported 21 of its apps and games to the Asha platform.


    One of the apps is called Twist Music, which uses the accelerometer in the Asha 501, so you create music as you move the device in your hand.


    Nokia Asha has changed the game in India and people are using a lot more WiFi now. Old sub-$100 phones never used to have WiFi, so Nokia Asha has increased the penetration of online access in mobile phones a lot. Now, the launch of the Nokia Asha 501 will give things another boost. The phone is more affordable and it brings premium innovations to more people, mentions CEO and founder of Twist Mobile, Virat Singh Khutal.

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