The launch in India is a bit surprising as the phone’s global launch was in New Delhi early last month, so we wonder why India is not the first country to get it.
Online retailer Flipkart has listed the product at Rs 5,299 while it is available for pre-order on the official Nokia online site for Rs 5,199.
Nokia had announced that the product would be available at $99 plus local taxes and with the dollar hovering around Rs 60 we wonder if this could see a revision before its official launch next week.
The Nokia Asha 501 is the first phone to run on the new Asha platform. These phones are going to be priced affordably so has to take care of the budget conscious customer. The cheapest Lumia, the Lumia 520, is priced at Rs 10,000 and Nokia needed the Asha range to tackle the low priced Android phones from Samsung and local OEMS like Micromax that have smartphones around the Rs 5k mark.
The all new Asha platform comes with a new swipe interface called Fastlane, which makes it easier to access social networks, games, music and favorite apps.
In terms of specifications, the phone sports a 3” LCD screen with 240×320 pixels. The RAM details are unknown. There is a 3.2 megapixel camera. The phone supports dual-SIM (GSM) functionality. Other features include Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 3.0, microSD card slot, and 1200 mAh battery.
After India, the phone will begin to appear in stores across Europe, the Middle East, Africa, and Asia Pacific.
The phone will be available in six colors: cyan, bright red, yellow, bright green, black and white.
Asha developer competition extended
Nokia which had launched a program to attract developers to the Asha platform has now extended it to include the Asha 501. It has also extended the date of the program to August 2, 2013.