While Apple relies solely on price-intensive smartphones, the Finnish company Nokia with its new series of ASHA shows devices for beginners with a small purse, which is up to seven times less cost than the current flagships of various renowned manufacturers. The ASHA 501 is a Smartphone that is equipped with the new ASHA OS from Nokia for just 99 euros in the third quarter of 2013 will be available.
501 is equipped with a display that measures 3 inches in diagonal, and resolves with 320 x 240 pixels. On the front of the Smartphone, the back button is the only physical button, which is comparable with the home button of the iPhone or a Samsung Galaxy S models. Volume buttons as well as a mute setting is located on the sides. The camera installed on the back of the ASHA 501 dissolves images with up to 3.2 mega pixels. One looks in vain for a front-facing camera. Therefore, the theme of the latest Nokia Smartphone video telephony does not matter.
App supply via the Nokia store
On the ASHA 501 come various pre-installed applications, as well as popular Web apps used, stored on a removable memory card. This is also supplied and offers a capacity of 4 GB. On request but also can be used a 32 GB microSD card. Connects to the ASHA 501 via Wi-Fi and GPRS and EDGE with the Internet. Even UMTS is not supported as well, which also applies to GPS and NFC. Only a radio receiver for Bluetooth 3.0 can be found in the ASHA 501.
The entry-level smartphone from Nokia scores well in first place with a very high battery life of up to 48 days in standby mode, and a continuous talk time of up to 17 hours. Nokia offers the model also available in a dual-SIM version. Prices start at $99 for the German market. Due to the low price Nokia pays out a considerable amount of sales mainly in emerging Asia.