Nokia Asha 501 Dual SIM - overview, features and technical specifications

In this article, I am going to highlight the features, overview and technical specifications of Nokia Asha 501 which was announced by Nokia recently. Please read the below article to know about its details.


Nokia Asha 501 is a touch screen smartphone of Nokia from 'Nokia Asha' series, which was announced on May 9, 2013 in India. The model comes in both- single and dual-SIM modes. In this device, the software platform 1.0 and its OS have been introduced offering a lot of features of a software company which was acquired by Nokia 2012 called Smarter phone. This phone is the first phone which runs on Asha platform; designed to enhance the user experience by giving faster and more responsive performance. This Asha platform is useful for the developers for creating, publishing and for generating more revenue from the apps made for new generation of the Asha devices.

Nokia Asha 501 Dual SIM - overview, features and technical specifications.

Nokia Asha 501 has a glamorous look, creative design and the quality access for using. This phone is available in 6 beautiful colours that go well with its elegant design. The device promises durability, has a removable casing and a display made of scratch-resistant glass . The display is 3-inch QVGA capacitive touchscreen with 320 x 240 pixels and pixel density of 133 PPI.

Nokia Asha 501 has been configured with swipe UI. It has a 1 GHz processor for the smooth and faster performance of the device. The phone has been embedded with 3.2MP main camera, Wi-Fi, 2G, Bluetooth 3.0, 64 MB RAM, 4GB microSD card included in the box, micro SD card slot supporting up to 32GB and a 1,200 mAh battery to offer up to 17 hours of talk time and 48 days of standby.

Asha 501 is a 2G gadget manufactured especially for the developing countries where 3G is still not so famous. This 2G device supports Wi-Fi and ensures faster speed.

Nokia has announced a partnership with Facebook for their Asha series of devices and coupled with data operator tie-ups to offer internet at 2G speed easily for its users. Nokia has also announced Nokia Xpress browser to compress the traffic and help the users to browse over slow networks too.

This phone is said to be a social phone which hosts a set of pre-loaded social networking apps like Facebook , FourSquare Bejeweled 3, Twitter, Plants vs Zombies, etc.

Let's see in detail about its specs:


Nokia Asha 501 is a touch screen and dual SIM mobile at a price much lower than other devices of the same series. Its camera has high pixel resolution and density. It runs on a new OS by Nokia. However the screen display is small and phone lacks 3G and does not support bigger apps in it.

Operating system

The Nokia Asha 501 runs on the new Asha platform software 1.0 for its OS.


The Nokia Asha 501 has been configured with 1 Ghz processor and 64 MB RAM, 128 MB internal memory & external memory of 4 GB MicroSD card.


Nokia Asha 501 has been preloaded with Nokia Xpress browser which Nokia claims that it compresses data server-side by 90% and facilitates the minimum quantity of transferable data. The phone has inbuilt social apps like Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn. The other apps include CNN, Foursquare, ESPN, eBuddy, Recorder, The Weather Channel, games, Digital clock, Phonebook, Fixed dialing number, Social networks in Phonebook, Notes, Alarm clock, Calendar, Clock and Calculator.

Nokia Asha 501 Dual SIM - overview, features and technical specifications.


The phone supports networks such as GSM network of 1800 MHz, 900 MHz with EGPRS 236.8 kbps of GSM max data speed DL and GPRS 85.6 kbps of GSM max data speed UL.

Design and Colours

The Nokia Asha 501 comes in a bar shaped design and its touchscreen ensures easy and pleasing navigation experience. It has 12.1 mm in thickness and weighs about 98 grams. It is a colorful smartphone by Nokia. It has a construction of unibody and available in color variations like green, yellow, blue, red , white or black just like Lumia 620. There's a volume rocker and wake up button in matching colors integrated at the right side of the phone.

Nokia Asha 501 Dual SIM - overview, features and technical specifications.


Nokia Asha 501 has a 3-inch QVGA capacitive touchscreen display with 320 x 240 pixels, pixel density is 133 PPI. It has been provided with an additional display support, Multi Touch, Ambient Light Sensor, Proximity Sensor and Scratch Resistant Glass to protect the phone from external damages. It has a TFT capacitive touch screen technology.

Nokia Asha 501 Dual SIM - overview, features and technical specifications.


Nokia Asha 501 has been configured with a 3.2 MP camera which helps in capturing images with an impressive resolution. The camera can take pictures in daylight conditions with ease. The phone lacks a secondary camera in the front.


Nokia Asha 501 has media features that include video player, FM radio, music player and SNS apps etc. It has a speaker situated around the panel button which is not visible but the sound obtained from it is loud and does not distort. The phone also has been provided with a 3.5mm audio jack and an FM tuner to listen to the live radio streams. The device supports all regular audio and video codecs formats like MP3, WMA, WAV, MP4, AAC, H.263 and WMV.


The internal memory of this handset is not so exciting. But has a microSD slot for memory expandable up to 32 GB. This phone comes with a 4GB microSD card included in the box.


• SIM card type: Micro SIM
• Dual SIM: Dual Standby SIM
• Wi-Fi security modes: WPA2 (AES/TKIP), WPA, WEP, WPA2-Personal
• Charging connectors: 2.0 mm Charging Connector, Micro-USB
• System connectors: Micro-USB-B
• AV connectors: 3.5 mm audio connector
• Bluetooth: Bluetooth 3.0
• USB: USB 2.0
• Bluetooth profiles: Object Push profile (OPP) 1.1, Hands-free profile (HFP) 1.5, Headset profile (HSP) 1.1, Phone Book Access Profile (PBAP) 1.0
• Wi-Fi: WLAN IEEE 802.11 b/g

The New Asha 501 Dual SIM has a capability to save settings of up to five SIMs making an easier swapping without a need to take out the battery.

Nokia Asha 501 Dual SIM - overview, features and technical specifications.


The Nokia Asha 501 offers 17 hours of talk time and 48 hours of standby time. As Nokia is always keen about battery performance, this phone has a 1200 mAh Li-Ion battery to provide a long lasting battery backup.


1 year manufacturer warranty for Phone and 6 months warranty for in the box accessories


The suggested price for the phone is $99 without taxes and can be ordered online from Nokia online shops or purchased from local Nokia showrooms.


So, these are the features, reviews, speculations, price and availability of Nokia Asha 501 by Nokia. Hope this would help buyers before purchasing it.

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Guest Author: ragavee16 Jul 2013

I need very reliabile internet access but mine terminates for every load. Is there any settings available for getting uninterrupted internet access like "always online" option in keypad Nokia models?

Guest Author: Riju26 Jul 2013

How do I get Facebook notification on Nokia Asha 501 home screen ? I can use FB through FB application or web application. But as I swap the screen, FB is getting closed and I'm not getting any notification on my home screen. How do I configure Facebook? And is Facebook chat on option there?

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