Nokia has launched low-priced phones with Internet capability to help it regain lost ground in crucial emerging markets. On Thursday, Nokia chief executive Stephen Elop unveiled a new 99 dollars (about Rs 5,350) phone in its mid-range Asha line at a launch in India.
The phone will use a new software that allows users to multitask between built-in applications for popular social media sites. The new software is revamp of the old version and has been bundled with a pact that lets customers use Facebook for free on their handsets. Its deal with Facebook and mobile operator Bharti Airtel allows Asha 501 users in India and Africa to access their social networking account without paying any data charges.
The device has a three-inch scratchresistant display with a removable casing at the back. It has a 3.2 MP camera and a 4GB memory card with an option of expandable memory of up to 32GB. The new handset has a 2G device with WiFi capability, but a 3G version will follow soon.
– The Nokia Asha 501 is available in single or EasySwap Dual SIM models. All come with WiFi and Bluetooth.
– Dimensions: 99.2 x 58 x 12.1 mm; 98 grams
– Camera: 3.2 MP
– Single SIM standby time: up to 48 days***
– Dual SIM standby time: up to 26 days***
– Talk time: up to 17 hours
– Additional memory of 4GB (card included in box), expandable up to 32GB
– Forty free EA Games worth ?75 downloadable from Nokia Store
– Available colours: Bright Red, Bright Green, Cyan, Yellow, White and Black