Nokia Asha 501 smartphone now available in UAE

AED365 handset aimed squarely at budget segment

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By  Stephen McBride Published  July 3, 2013

According to Nokia, the Asha 501 has a standby time of up to 48 days when using the single-SIM model. The Asha 501 is the first smartphone built on the new Asha platform, which leverages Nokia's investments in Smarterphone, a company acquired by the Finnish firm in 2012.

Check out our gallery of the Nokia Asha 501.

The new Asha platform provides developers with an open, standards-based environment for creating apps, meaning apps for the Nokia Asha 501 will be compatible with future Asha platform-based devices. At the phone's May launch, Nokia pledged greater opportunities for developers to make money through the global reach of Nokia Store and tools like Nokia In-App Payment and Nokia Advertising Exchange (NAX), as well as Nokia's operator billing network.

Als at the May launch, Nokia said many familiar applications would already be available or in development for the Nokia Asha platform by the time the phone was on the market. These apps include CNN, eBuddy, ESPN, Facebook, Foursquare, Line, LinkedIn, Nimbuzz, Pictelligent, The Weather Channel, Twitter, WeChat, World of Red Bull and games from Electronic Arts, Gameloft, Indiagames, Namco-Bandai and Reliance Games. WhatsApp and other key partners continue to "explore" Asha, according to Nokia.

The HERE experience, based on Nokia's location-based platform, will also be available as a download for the Nokia Asha 501, starting in Q3 2013 and will initially include basic mapping services.

"The new Nokia Asha 501 raises the bar for what is possible in affordable smartphone design and optimisation," said Timo Toikkanen, executive vice president, Mobile Phones, Nokia, at the launch in May. "The synergy between the physical design and the engine that is the new Asha platform has created a smartphone with both style and substance at a great price."

Check out our gallery of the Nokia Asha 501.

The Nokia Asha 501 will be available in single or EasySwap Dual SIM models. All come with WiFi and Bluetooth.

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