Nokia has refreshed the Asha line of handsets with the introduction of the Nokia Asha 501. The Asha 501 is coming to India, Latin America, and Africa in late June with a price of $99 pre-tax with subsidies. The Asha 501 has a new user interface with a twin-pane home screen. The UI allows you to pull apps into one view and then you can see notifications and recently-used items simply by swiping. This feature is known as the FastLane view.
FastLane will also provide shortcuts to posting updates on Twitter and Facebook. You can also see message previews and control your music using FastLane. The Xpress Browser uses server-side compression to make webpage loading faster. Xpress Now is a new feature in the browser that creates a custom digital magazine curated by your interests.
The Asha 501 has single and dual-SIM variations based on the market that you are in. The Asha 501 has 2G, WiFi, and Bluetooth. 3G is not supported on the 501. The 501 also has a 3.2-megapixel rear camera and a 4GB microSD card preloaded. The Nokia app store is supported and Nokia will add HERE Maps to the phone in Q3 2013.
The 501 will come with 40 titles available for download as part of a partnership between Nokia and EA. Other apps that can be added to the phone includes Facebook, LinkedIn, CNN, ESPN, eBuddy, Foursquare, Twitter, and LINE. WhatsApp should be coming to the phone soon.
There are certain promotions available through carriers like Airtel and Telkomsel. Airtel is offering free Facebook access for a limited time in Africa and India. Telkomsel subscribers will get a month of free data.