Nokia launched a new smart feature phone,Asha 501,in Delhi on Thursday. This device,Nokia said,is the first of a new generation of phones,based on the new Asha OS.
With this phone,Nokia has begun a serious push into the market for cheap Internet phones. Priced at Rs 5,500,the Asha 501 comes in two variants single and dual SIM.
Asha 501 is a 2.8-inch device with a capacitive touchscreen. The new Asha OS is based almost entirely on swipe gestures and is a good option for those who cannot afford smartphones. The phone does not support 3G connectivity,so users will have to browse on slower 2G network speeds.
During the launch,Nokia CEO Stephen Elop said: Asha 501 is the first of a new family of phones in this series. Ninety per cent of the apps on Series 40 will be available on the Asha platform in a few months. The design of the Asha 501 is inspired by the Lumia series.
The Asha 501 will come pre-loaded with Indian language keyboards: Hindi,Gujarati,Malayalam and Tamil are among many languages that the Asha 501 supports,said Peter Skillman,Nokias design head.
Nokia also announced that Asha 501 users will gain access to operator billing for app purchases. Users can buy apps and the cost will be added to their phone bills.