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Nokia Asha 501 is Now Official, Features New Type of Interface, Full Touch Display (Video)

Yesterday Nokia teased an event for today, that went down in New Delhi and marked the unveiling of a new Asha handset. This model stands out from the series, through some features that bring it close to smartphone territory. This is still a budget friendly handset, one intended for emerging markets.

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The Asha 501 is part of a new line of products, that will use the technology from Smarterphone, a company bought by Nokia last year. Through the model pictured here, Nokia will launch a new type of UI, that is split into two areas: one being an icon list of menu items and the other a Favourites/Quick Access section called Fastlane. This one includes features you use most ofen, favourite contacts, social networks and frequently used applications.

Nokia Asha 501 will come in both a dual and single SIM version and it will lack 3G connectivity. Its specs include a 3 inch LCD touchscreen with a resolution of 240 x 320 pixels, a 3.2 megapixel camera at the back (without flash), a 1200 mAh battery, WiFi and Bluetooth. There’s also FM radio on board and the device measures 12.1 mm in thickness and weighs 98 grams. The product is expected to cost $99, if you find it tempting.