Yesterday, I finally received an invite from Nokia Philippines' PR agency for the launch of Nokia Asha 501 in the country happening Thursday next week.


Nokia usually makes its devices available at stores and authorized retailers a week after their introduction to the media and the tech blogging community. Hence, we can expect Nokia Asha 501 to be up for purchase across the archipelago within the first week of July.

I know that a lot of you have been waiting eagerly for this smartphone lite to become available locally since its formal announcement last May 9 in New Delhi, India. But for those who are hearing about it for the first time, Nokia Asha 501 is the first device from the Finnish company to run the revamped Symbian-based Asha Touch operating system, which is designed to make the user's mobile experience faster, more intuitive, and more responsive.

The handset comes replete with a 3-inch capacitive touchscreen display, 3.15 MegaPixel camera, WiFi and Bluetooth connectivity support, and a 1,200 mAh battery pack delivering up to a whopping 48 days of standby time and 17 hours of talk time. Other features include the Nokia Xpress Browser that compresses data allowing users browse websites faster, and Slam, which lets you transfer content from one Bluetooth-enabled Asha to another without having to go through the process of pairing.

Nokia Asha 501 has swappable back cases available in six colors, namely, Cyan, Bright Red, Bright Green, Yellow, White, and Black. As of writing, no word yet from Nokia Philippines on the device's official SRP so we're the TP Price Guesstimate in the area of Php 4,000 to Php 4,200.