Nokia Corporation (ADR) (NYSE:NOK) (BIT:NOK1V) (HEL:NOK1V) has unveiled a trio of Asha series phones in its low cost smartphones segment. The Asha 500, 502 and 503 phones are targeted for global markets and are priced at $69, $89 and $99 respectively. Out of three phones, the Asha 502 and 503 are expected to launch in the fourth quarter this year, and the Asha 500 will be launched in the first quarter of 2014. However, Nokia will not launch its Asha range in the United States anytime soon.
Colorful devices from Nokia
Color and glossy covers have become Nokia’s signature, and this series is no different – the Nokia Asha phones are colorful with a glass-like casing. Nokia Corporation (NYSE:NOK) (BIT:NOK1V) (HEL:NOK1V) has launched these low cost phones in different colors like red, green, cyan, yellow and regular black and white. The phones have a rectangular design with sharp edges and corners. Furthermore, the unique ice cube-like design of the casing sets them apart. The casing will add to the phone’s weight but it will also keep it safe and extra sturdy.
The volume button and power button match the shade of the device. In the front, there is a single home button, which enhances the beauty of the device.
Specifications of the gadgets
Among the three phones, the Asha 503 is the largest although only by an inch. The phone is 4.04 inches tall, 2.39 inches wide and 0.5 inches thick. It is easy to handle, and the user can easily navigate keeping the phone in a single hand.
Asha 500 specs include a 2.8 inch QVGA capacitive display, and the Asha 502 and 503 have a 3-inch touch screen. The Asha 500 phone is a 2G supporting device with a 2 megapixel camera, and no flash. It has a 1,200 mAh battery with reported talk time of 14 hours. Similarly, the Asha 502 is also a 2G enabled device, but has battery power of 1,010 mAh with a 5 megapixel camera and LED flash. It has a dual sim slot and can be expandable upto 32 GB.
The Asha 503 can be seen as the combination of both the phones. It has a 1,200 mAh battery, 32GB of additional storage, and an LED flash-equipped 5-megapixel shooter. It comes with a single as well as dual sim slot and is 3G enabled.
The operating system for all three is Nokia’s Asha 1.0 operating system, which has the Xpress Internet browser. 10 free games from Nokia’s app store and Bluetooth 3.0 and are included as well.