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 Asha 502
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 14.0.4[1][2]
Memory 64 MB RAM
Removable storage 4 GB MicroSD card included[3] (supports up to 32 GB)
Battery 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 in 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 was introduced in new update that roll 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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