Aside from creating the most durable handsets and the best cameraphones in tech history, Nokia is also known to have "a phone for everyone", which means that the company has always had one or more offerings in every price echelon.

If you think the recently announced Lumia smartphones are a tad too much for your budget but you still want the best Nokia device that your Php 5,000 can get, then I'd suggest you check out Nokia Asha 503.

Nokia Asha 503, Nokia Asha 503 Philippines, Mark Milan Macanas
Nokia Asha 503 and 502, TP Friends! Super cute phones!

Nokia Asha 503, Nokia Asha 503 Philippines

To be priced at $99 (or roughly Php 4,300) when it becomes available in the US later this year, Nokia Asha 503 is the most expensive model of the three Asha phones announced at Nokia World 2013, the last major event of Nokia as an independent handset maker, which I've been so blessed to have been a part of.

Nokia Asha 503, Nokia Asha 503 Philippines

Actually, the upcoming Asha trio - Nokia Asha 500, 502, and 503 - only have subtle differences but what makes Nokia Asha 503 the most expensive of the bunch is that it has a slightly larger display, it has a 5 MegaPixel fixed focus camera with LED flash, and it supports 3G mobile connectivity.

Nokia Asha 503, Nokia Asha 503 Philippines

Compared to the best-selling Nokia Asha 501 that was released earlier this year, Nokia Asha 503 has a refreshed - albeit still largely similar - design language highlighted by the dual-layer, swappable back case with glossy, transparent outer shell and an updated version of the Nokia Asha Touch operating system.

Nokia Asha 503, Nokia Asha 503 Philippines

Nokia Asha Software Platform 1.2 brings a slew of enhancements to the interface including a new camera application which can be launched directly from the lock-screen simply by swiping up and a reworked FastLane that now supports closing or deletion of individual activities.

Nokia Asha 503, Nokia Asha 503 Philippines

As of writing, Nokia has yet to disclose the handset's official SRP and release in the Philippines. I'm guessing, however, that it will land here by late December - just in time for your Yuletide gadget shoppping - with price tag of around Php 4,299.

TP Friends, here's a full demo video of Nokia Asha 503 that I recorded at Nokia World 2013 held in Abu Dhabi earlier this week. In the clip, Chris - our Nokia rep - shows us how the phone looks in the flesh, how to quickly open its new camera app and how you can instantly share photos to your favorite social networking sites.


To wrap this up in true TechPinas fashion, let me present to you the complete technical specifications of Nokia Asha 503, one of the Finnish Giant's new entry-level touchscreen smartphones:

TechPinas Smartphone Technical Specs Table (TSTST)
Name Nokia Asha 503
Type Slate Form Factor (Full Touchscreen), Dual SIM Dual Standby
Price Category Entry Level Touchscreen
Dimensions102.6 x 60.6 x 12.7 mm
Weight 111.4 grams
Available Colors Red, Blue, White, Yellow, Black, Green
Operating System Asha Touch 1.2
Display 3.0 inches (~133 ppi pixel density), 240 x 320 pixels, TFT capacitive touchscreen, 256K colors
Processor Proprietary
RAM 64MB RAM (to be confirmed)
Internal Storage ships with 4GB microSD card, supports up to 32GB
Camera 5 MegaPixels, 2592 х 1944 pixels, fixed focus, LED flash, no front camera
Video Capture QVGA 30fps
Audio and Video Playback MP4, H.263, MP3, AAC player
Ports microUSB v2.0, 3.5 mm audio jack
Connectivity Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, Bluetooth v3.0 with A2DP, Slam, 3G HSDPA, 7.2 Mbps; HSUPA, 5.76 Mbps
GPS No
Sensors Proximity, Accelerometer
Network 2G Network GSM 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900 - for both SIM 1 and SIM 2, 3G Network HSDPA 900 / 2100
SIM Card Type microSIM, Dual SIM Dual Standby
Battery Removable Li-Ion 1200 mAh battery (BL-4U)
Uptime Up to 480 hours of Standby, 12 hours of Talk Time, 36 hours of Music Play
Key Features New Dual Shot Back Cover, New Camera App and FastLane
Announcement October 22, 2013 at Nokia World 2013 in Abu Dhabi
Availability TP Guesstimate: Q4 2013
Price Official SRP: $99 in US
TP Guesstimate in Philippines: Php 4,299