Nokia Asha 501

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Nokia Asha 501
SloganPocket Power / Moves at the speed of life / One swipe to access everything you love
SeriesFull Touch
Availability by regionGlobal
PredecessorNokia Asha 310, Nokia Asha 311
SuccessorNokia X
RelatedNokia Asha 500, Nokia Asha 230, Nokia Asha 502, Nokia Asha 503
Form factorFull Touch candybar
Dimensions• Width: 58 mm
• Height: 99.2 mm
• Thickness: 12.1 mm
Mass98.2 g
Operating systemNokia Asha software platform 1.0 Upgradeable to
Asha software platform 1.4[1][2]
Memory64 MB RAM
Removable storage4 GB MicroSD card included[3] (supports up to 32 GB)
BatteryLi-Ion 1200 mAh
Model: BL-4U, removable Single-SIM configuration:
• Standby: 48 days
• Talk time: 17 hours
Data inputsCapacitive multi-point touch display
Display240 x 320 px (QVGA), 3.0"
133 ppi pixel density
Rear camera3.2 MP, 2048x1536 pixels
Focus: 50 cm to infinity
Sound3.5 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
Proximity sensor
USB charging
WebsiteNokia Asha 501 (UK)

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. It has been called "tiny" by some[5][6] due to its size, being one of the smallest Nokia ever produced.

The suggested price for the phone is U.S. $99 before taxes and subsidies.[7] Models sold in South Asia support at least eight languages: English, Urdu, Hindi, Kannada, Gujarati, Tamil, Telugu and Malayalam.


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.[8] Nokia Xpress Now is a new app that offers location-based content.[9]

The device was announced to feature built-in social applications for Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn. Other apps announced were Here Maps, Bandai Namco games, EA games, eBuddy, CNN, ESPN, and The Weather Channel.[10]

Here Maps beta for Asha 501 was released on 3 July in select countries.[11] Foursquare was released for the model on 25 July; the app won't require GPS and uses location data from the network connection.[12] A LinkedIn app was released on 6 August for Asha 501 and other Asha full-touch phones.[13] 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.[14]

WhatsApp is made available for this phone in November 2013.[15][16]

Facebook messenger was made available for this device on March 18, 2014.[17][18]

The phone supports 12 languages native to the Indian subcontinent in the on-screen Swipe keyboard.[19]

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.[16]


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.

The Asha 501 was followed by the Nokia Asha 500, 502, 503, and 230, all based on the design of the 501.

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 Archived 10 July 2013 at WebCite
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  8. ^ "Nokia Asha 501: the smartest feature phone". The Telegraph.
  9. ^ "Nokia's Smarterphone Buy Yields First Fruit: $99 Touchscreen Asha 501 Polishes S40 With Fastlane View For Recent Apps, Contacts". TechCrunch.
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  14. ^ 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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  19. ^ Abhinaya (9 May 2013). "Nokia May Launch Asha 501 3G Variant in the Next Quarter". Gizbot. Retrieved 7 August 2013.

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