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June 25, 2013 by Dan Grose
The days of cheap and cheerful Nokia handsets could be set for a return after the company confirmed the release of its 501 Asha handset.
Modelled to look like the firm’s iconic Lumia range, the device is actually a simplified smartphone dressed up in fancy garb, and has been confirmed for an imminent unleashing in Pakistan and Thailand before going on sale in the UK very soon.
Cheap and cheerful
Running Nokia’s Asha software, the device boasts a modest set of specifications including a 3-inch display, 3.2 megapixel camera and 2G connectivity. And, in typical style of the Finnish firm, it will launch in a range of colours including bright red, bright green and cyan.
The recently tweaked Asha interface will bring features similar to the Windows Phone, with ‘Home’ and ‘Fastlane’ apps menus giving users that familiar quick access to favourite content. It doesn’t do bad for functionality either, with Facebook and Twitter integration supported as well as additional app content from the Nokia Store.
So, how much will this little wonder set you back? Approximately £65, that’s all. Not bad for something that will keep the kids happy or satisfy those without any real need for smartphones.
The 501 will be the latest in a long line of Asha handsets to offer such functionality, and we’ll be sure to bring you more release information once we get it.
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