Nokia Asha 501

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Nokia Asha 501
Manufacturer Nokia
Slogan Pocket Power / Moves at the speed of life / One swipe to access everything you love
Series Full Touch
Availability by country Global
Predecessor Nokia 500
Successor Nokia X
Related Nokia Asha 500
Form factor Full Touch candybar
Dimensions • Width: 58 mm
• Height: 99.2 mm
• Thickness: 12.1 mm
Weight 98.2 g
Operating system

Nokia Asha software platform 1.0

Upgradeable to
Asha software platform 1.4[1][2]
Memory 64 MB RAM
Removable storage 4 GB MicroSD card included[3] (supports up to 32 GB)

Li-Ion 1200 mAh
Model: BL-4U, removable

Single-SIM configuration:
• Standby: 48 days
• Talk time: 17 hours
Data inputs Capacitive multi-point touch display
Display 240 x 320 px (QVGA), 3.0"
133 ppi pixel density
Rear camera 3.2 MP, 2048x1536 pixels
Focus: 50 cm to infinity
Sound 3.5 mm audio connector, hands-free speaker,
FM radio, music player
  • Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n
  • Bluetooth 3.0 with Slam
  • USB 2.0 High Speed via MicroUSB
Other MicroSIM
Proximity sensor
USB charging
Website Nokia Asha 501 (UK)
References [4][3]

Nokia Asha 501 is a low-end smartphone from the Nokia Asha series, announced by Nokia on 9 May 2013 in India, and released on 24 June 2013.[citation needed] The device is classified by Nokia as a "Full Touch" smartphone. The phone is available in either single- or dual SIM configuration.

The cell phone is built on Nokia Asha software platform 1.0, a new software platform descended from Series 40, with a user interface similar to MeeGo on Nokia N9, and featuring technology from Smarterphone, a software company acquired by Nokia in 2012.

The device includes Bluetooth and Wi-Fi, but no 3G connectivity, relying on EDGE and GPRS (2.75G) for mobile-based networking. The phone has been noted for its user-friendliness, and a battery with long talk and standby times.

The suggested price for the phone is U.S. $99 before taxes and subsidies.[5] Models sold in South Asia support at least eight languages: English, Urdu, Hindi, Kannada, Gujarati, Tamil, Telugu and Malayalam.


Main article: Nokia Asha platform

Nokia Asha 501 comes preloaded with the Nokia Xpress browser, which (according to Nokia) compresses data server-side by 90% to facilitate the least amount of transferable data with the phone.[6] Nokia Xpress Now is a new app that offers location-based content.[7]

The device was announced to feature built-in social applications for Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn. Other apps announced were Here Maps, EA games, eBuddy, CNN, ESPN, and The Weather Channel.[8]

Here Maps beta for Asha 501 was released on 3 July in select countries.[9] Foursquare was released for the model on 25 July; the app won't require GPS and uses location data from the network connection.[10] A LinkedIn app was released on 6 August for Asha 501 and other Asha full-touch phones.[11] On 7 August 2013 the Line instant messaging app was made available for the device. Other instant messaging apps officially on offer are WeChat and eBuddy Mobile Messenger.[12]

Whatsapp is made available for this phone in November 2013.[13][14]

Facebook messenger was made available for this device on March 18, 2014.[15][16]

The phone supports 12 languages native to the Indian subcontinent in the on-screen Swipe keyboard.[17]

The selection of included apps and user interface customisations may vary by availability and geographical region.


Nokia Asha 501 has a Nokia Glance Screen and a Nokia Fastlane plus Screen Double-tap.

A panorama camera and a voice guide on camera for self-portrait were introduced in a new update that rolled out in April,2014. This update also brought a paternal control for the apps installed in the phone.[14]

Nokia Glance Screen[edit]

Nokia introduced Nokia Glance Screen in the previous Asha Phones with a Digital Clock and Notifications (when you have a notification(s))


Nokia Asha 501 has been noted for its battery, which offers long standby and talk times — 52 days and 17 hours, respectively — that in turn allows the phone to be used in places with inefficient or nonexistent electricity supply.

Model variants[edit]

Model RM-899 RM-900 RM-902
2G (GSM/EDGE) 900/1800 MHz 850/1900 MHz 900/1800 MHz
SIM slots Single SIM Dual SIM


See also[edit]


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  4. ^ Nokia Developer device page for Asha 501
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  6. ^ "Nokia Asha 501: the smartest feature phone". The Telegraph. 
  7. ^ "Nokia's Smarterphone Buy Yields First Fruit: $99 Touchscreen Asha 501 Polishes S40 With Fastlane View For Recent Apps, Contacts". TechCrunch. 
  8. ^,2817,2418736,00.asp
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  12. ^ Philip B (7 August 2013). "Nokia Asha 501: A fun way to communicate using LINE". Nokia Conversations. Nokia. Retrieved 7 August 2013. LINE is now available for the Nokia Asha 501. You’ll also be able to use LINE with the QWERTY-based Nokia Asha 210, Asha 205, Asha 200, Asha 201 and Nokia Asha 302. 
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  17. ^ Abhinaya (9 May 2013). "Nokia May Launch Asha 501 3G Variant in the Next Quarter". Gizbot. Retrieved 7 August 2013. 

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