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Nokia Asha 501 Dual SIM: Price, Specs and Availability in the Philippines

Nokia Philippines has finally launched the first of a new family of Asha smartphones with the dual-SIM Nokia Asha 501. For only Php4,490 (SRP), the Nokia Asha 501 is the first device to run on the new Asha platform, which is designed to make the experience faster and more responsive. The phone is now available in select Nokia stores in bright red, yellow and classic black. Available later on are white, bright green and cyan. More about the Nokia Asha 501 after the jump.

The Nokia Asha 501 makes high-end design and quality accessible to more people. The device is available in a choice of six striking colors that complement the elegant design. It comes in just two parts: a durable, removable casing and the scratch-resistant glass display, which features a three-inch, capacitive touchscreen and a single 'back' button. The compact new Asha weighs only 98 grams, for the ultimate portability.

The Nokia Asha 501 is built to make it easier for people to access everything they love, with a simple swipe and a choice of two main screens: Home and Fastlane. Home is a traditional, icon-based view for launching individual apps or accessing a specific feature, like the dialler or phone settings. The new Fastlane view was inspired by how people really use their phone. Recently accessed contacts, social networks and apps, unique to each person, are stored and presented in Fastlane. It provides a record of how the phone is used, giving people a glimpse of their past, present and future activity, and helping them multi-task by providing easy access to their favorite features.

"Undoubtedly, the Nokia Asha 501 is a smartphone that combines an enticing design with performance and a totally new way to stay mobile with Fastlane," highlighted Karel Holub, General Manager of Nokia in Philippines. "Its exclusive Fastlane view provides a timeline of activities and events in the recent past, present, and near future. This innovative feature makes it easier to start where you left off and plan ahead with just a simple swipe," he added.

The new Asha comes with Nokia Xpress Browser pre-loaded, which compresses Internet data by up to 90%. This is aimed at making mobile browsing faster and more affordable. Nokia also announced the availability of Nokia Xpress Now, a new Web application that recommends content based on location, preferences and trending topics. It will be available via the Browser homepage or as a download from Nokia Store.

Nokia Asha 501 Dual SIM Specifications
Dual SIM with Nokia EasySwap Technology
3-inch QVGA (320x240) TFT capacitive display, 133ppi
With 2-point multi-touch and scratch-resistant glass
Nokia Asha software platform 1.0
64MB of RAM
128MB of internal storage
microSD support up to 32GB
3.2-megapixel fixed-focus camera (No LED flash)
QVGA@15fps video recording
Accelerometer / Proximity Sensor
FM radio with 3.5mm audio jack
Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g / Bluetooth v3.0 with EDR
GSM 900/1800 (Dual-band)
Li-Ion 1,200mAh battery
Standby time up to 26 days
Talk time up to 17 hours
99.2 x 58 x 12.1mm (dimensions)
98g (weight)
Colors: Bright Red, Bright Green, Cyan, Yellow, White and Black
Price: Php4,490 (Official SRP)
Availability/ Release Date: Now available in select Nokia stores!

Note: If you already own this phone, please share some of your experiences and opinions about this phone, so that others may be aware of it. Thanks!

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