Nokia Asha 500, 502 and 503 – Budget Friendly Hands-on Mobile Phonesby jay.m October 24, 2013 0 comments
In its launch event Nokia World at Abu Dhabi, the Finnish mobile manufacturers, made some very notable announcements. The center of attraction in this event was the launch of two Lumia Phones, and Nokia’s very first Windows tablet. But these products make only 3 of 6 devices that Nokia announced. The successors to the highly successful low-budget feature phone series, the Asha series were also on the announcement list. Asha 500, 502 and 503 are the latest additions to the higher end of the Asha family. While Windows phones and tablets remain in a strut, in terms of sales, this trio of Asha devices can make a noticeable dent in the low-end market.
Asha 500 comes with a 2.8 inch LCD screen, with a resolution of 320-by-240 pixels. With a pixel density of 142 ppi, the phone has a decently sharp display. The device comes with a 2 MP rear camera, has 64 of RAM and supports dual SIM facility. On the outside, the phone looks very much like the Asha 500, but with a new ice-like transparent dual polycarbonate casings. Asha 500 will be available in the vibrant colors of Blue, Red, Green, Yellow, White and Black. Its international price is penned at a mere $69.
Asha 502 comes with a 3 inch display (with the same resolution as Asha 500) and a 5 MP camera with LED flash. It too comes in Dual SIM variant and is expected to be priced at $89. It also has 64 MB of RAM. The design philosophy is identical to Asha 500, with ‘trapped-in ice’ look and is available in the same range of colors. The colored core is covered with a transparent polycarbonate casing.
Asha 503 is the costliest phone in the trio. It is expected to be priced in and around $99. Its screen is identical to Asha 502, both in terms of size and resolution. The camera too is same as Asha 502. The one big addition to Asha 503 is the 3G support. It’s also smoother than the other two, thanks to 128 MB of RAM. With this, Asha 503 becomes the first phone in the Asha series to have 3G support.
All the three phones, and the Asha 501 will have WhatsApp messenger service, and a newer interface. There is an increased integration with the social media in the newest Asha platform. For example, one-swipe and you can click and share a photo on social networks. All three support Wi-Fi and have a redoubtable battery, giving standby for a month.
This latest addition to Asha range and their launch at a big event show, Nokia has demonstrated its serious intent of offering feature packed smartphone in an aggressive manner. The higher end Asha phones truly give an affordable and commendable user experience. Definitely catering to the need of the hour of most mobile phone users who are on a look out for budget friendly feature rich phones, Nokia hopes to soar high once again.