The Nokia World had arrived, and the event of the Finnish company in Abu Dhabi created some buzz around the tech world. Aside from rolling out the Lumia 2520 that aims to rival the new Apple iPad, Nokia also unveiled new budget handsets: the Nokia Asha 500, Asha 502, and the Asha 503.
All three petite smartphones will be available before the year ends and come in white, black, cyan, yellow, bright green, and bright red.
The Nokia Asha 500 will have a $69-price tag and comes with a 2.8-inch display, 2MP camera and will have a single or dual SIM versions. The latest baby of the brand will be marketed in Latin America, Europe, Middle East, and the Asia-Pacific.
The slightly bigger Nokia Asha 502 has a three-inch screen, a camera with 5MP sensor and an LED flash, and configured to carry two SIM cards. It will hit stores in Europe, Africa, Middle East, and the Asia-Pacific with a sticker price of $89.
One swipe to camera, one touch to capture and one more touch to share.
The last member of the budget-friendly smartphone brood, the Nokia Asha 503, has a three-inch display with Corning Gorilla Glass 2, 5MP camera, and single or dual-SIM editions. It also has 3G compatibility. Nokia will sell this handset for $99 in the Middle East, Latin America, Europe, Asia-Pacific and Africa.
“The Nokia Asha 500, Asha 502 and Asha 503 include new enhancements to the Asha Platform for even more intuitive navigation. The new Asha user interface enables faster and easier sharing of images on social networks, with one easy swipe to access the camera and one touch to post,” Nokia described in a press statement.
“Fastlane gives people a second home screen for quick access to frequently used apps and deeper integration with their favorite social networks. Knowing how important free messaging is to people, WhatsApp will be available for the Nokia Asha 501 and is to arrive later in the year for the new Asha devices,” the statement further described.
The new members of the Asha family will also be released with the Nimbuzz Messenger app supporting VoIP technology, which will enable budget conscious consumers to make phone calls using more affordable options.
The original Nokia Asha 501 will get WhatsApp in November with the new Asha devices following suit soon. Others apps such as Danger Dash, Goal Live Scores, LINE, Photofunia, PicTag, PicFeed, and a host of ESPN apps are also in line to come to the Asha smartphones.
|Asha 500 (single SIM and Dual SIM)||Asha 502 (Dual SIM)||Asha 503 (single SIM and Dual SIM)|
|Network||GSM 900/1800, 850/900/1800/1900||GSM 900/1800||EGSM 850/900/1800/1900/2100;WCDMA|
|Size and weight||100.3 x 58.1 x 12.8mm; 101.3g||99.55 x 59.50 x 11.10mm; 100g||102.55 x 60.55 x 12.70mm; 110.15g|
|Screen size / type||QVGA 2.8-inch capacitive||QVGA 3-inch capacitive||QVGA 3-inch capacitive, curved Gorilla Glass|
|Camera||2-megapixel||5-megapixel with LED flash||5-megapixel with flash LED|
|Storage||64MB RAM; up to 32GB micro SD card support||64MB RAM; up to 32GB micro SD card support||64MB RAM; up to 32GB micro SD card support|
|Connectivity||Bluetooth 3.0 with SLAM; AV jack; WLAN; Micro-USB||Bluetooth 3.0 with SLAM; AV jack; WLAN; Micro-USB||Bluetooth 3.0 with SLAM; AV jack; WLAN; Micro-USB|
|Battery||Standby: up to 35 days; Talk time: up to 14 hours||Standby: up to 24 days; Talk time: up to 13.7 hours||Standby: up to 35 days; Talk time: up to 12 hours|