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Nokia launches Asha 501, cute dual-SIM touchscreen phone for P4,490

Nokia just launched their first smartphone built on the new Asha 2013 platform, the Asha 501, which is now available in stores for Php4,490.


First thing you’ll notice about the Asha 501 is how cute, colorful, and well-designed it is, which is something you can always expect from Nokia. The pictures here don’t do the Asha 501’s beauty justice. You got to see and feel them to appreciate.


It has a 3.5-inch capacitive touchscreen limited to just 256k colors on a 240 x 320 resolution. Something you will definitely take note of when you turn on the phone but it’s also one of the reason that this phone can last 26 days on standby (48 days for the single-SIM version which is not available here).


The colorful and exchangeable shells are made of unibody polycarbonate while the front is protected by Gorilla Glass to give that durable feel for an affordable phone.


The Asha 501 runs on the Asha Platform 2013 which is still S40 but with a lot of features and improvements that makes it feel like you’re really using a smartphone. Menus and notifications are handled by swipes that are designed intuitively. There’s even a pull-down bar to access some quick settings. It also has Nokia’s latest and exclusive Xpress Browser that allows you to save on data and at the same time speed up browsing (no 3G here) by compressing web pages by up to 90%. The new browser also supports multiple page browsing as well. There’s also the Fastlane homescreen which shows you your recent activity so it somehow acts as the Recent App page found in other smartphones for semi-multitasking.


Aside from having dual-SIM support, the Asha 501 also has a 3.2 megapixel camera (no flash and front cam), WiFi, FM Radio, and a microSD slot. Battery is rated at 1200 mAh but there are some really power saving features here like viewing the clock and notifications without turning on the screen, unless you need some brightness of course.

It has some useful apps and games pre-installed, as well as the 40 free EA games available through the Nokia Gift app like Sims 3, Need for Speed: Undercover, and Plants vs. Zombies.


The Nokia Asha 501 is already available for Php4,490 in bright red, yellow, and classic black. It comes with a red headset regardless of the color you purchase but you can also buy extra shells for switching colors. White, cyan, and bright green colors will arrive in the comings weeks.

Nokia Asha 501 Specs:
3-inch QVGA TFT capacitive display with Gorilla Glass
Nokia Asha Software Platform 1.0
64MB RAM, 128MB internal storage, microSD up to 32GB (4GB included)
3.15-megapixel rear camera (no flash)
No front camera
Dual-SIM (2G only)
WiFi, Bluetooth
FM Radio
Nokia Xpress Browser
99.2 x 58 x 12.1 mm
98.2 g
Li-Ion 1200 mAh battery (26 days standby)
Colors: Bright red, Yellow, Black, Bright Green, Cyan, White
SRP: Php4,490
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  • Griswold

    cute! im guessing a lot of students would go for this one.

    • buyanother

      i think smartphones are better for students(unless primary students ang tinutukoy mo)

  • buyanother

    THIS IS PRICEY!!id rather buy a galaxy y or any smartphone from local brands tska kaya pa sana to ipamura kung d nila nilagyan ng gorilla glass d naman kailangan nun dahil d naman to mahal

    • wiz

      Galaxy y???? Eeeeew. Masabi lang na naka android at makapaglaro lang ng games? Lol sayo na yang galaxy y mo na madaling malowbat. Lol

      • buyanother

        ill rather buy a galaxy y hindi dahil para masabi lng na nakaandroid kundi dahil sa ganyang price mas marami siyang features considering the hardware and software. Pero kung ang gusto mo lng ay secondary phone na for text and call purposes lng mas maganda tlga to considering na nakagorilla glass para maganda pa rin kahit tumagal at d matagal malowbat.(what im saying is that galaxy y is better for an allaround phone)

  • JustSaying

    ^ Not pricey. IMO, its right for the features it offers.

    • Nanaoallen

      Yeah, and for the new and lag free OS.

      • JustSaying

        That is true. 🙂

        To fully experience the best of Android, your handset should have mid to flagship specs otherwise, you’re just teasing yourself.

  • W

    they’re still mum on the lumia 925 though…

  • snowden

    64MB for almost five grand! This is a slap in the face of the buyer.

    • buyanother

      tama masyadong pricey hardware wise

  • price range nito dapat nasa 2,500-3,000

    Nokia tlga ohh! Esep esep dn pag may time!


  • james tan

    oo nga nman ganda ng adz nito sa tv. pero sa specz pla nito guguyuin ang noypi.wow hah!

    • oo nga akala ko pa namn ms mgnda xa sa galaxy y 🙁

  • ricots08

    the price so fine…I’ve got a nokia asha 309(about half a year ago) and it also cost the same price as this…the body is cute I agree with that hehe

  • roseann

    ang cool ! :)) I think Ok naman yung price ng nokia dun sa phone. Pero kung i-compare mo to sa samsung, makakabili ka na ng android phones. Pero kung i-compare mo naman sa samsung, mas maganda talaga ang nokia. Kahit malaglag ng ilang beses, super tibay niya 🙂 I want this one :)))

  • Oscar

    – walang cut-copy-paste
    – 10 alarms lang ang kayang i-set ng app na Alarms
    – mahina ang tunog para sa alarms
    – di kayang i-group ang contacts para sa group texting
    – may multiple select sa texting, pero di ka ibabalik sa huling pinili mong contact; ibabalik ka dun sa unahan ng contact list, kaya magpa-pan down ka na naman at dadaanan mo na naman ung mga napili mo na
    – walang timer; ung app na nada-download galing sa apps store nya e di compatible ang input mode specifically sa hours and minutes
    – Micro SIM, kaya ipapa-cut mo pa ung regularly available na SIM dito sa Pilipinas