Nokia Asha 501 hits Malaysia priced at RM299

After making its debut around a month ago in Delhi, India, Nokia is has brought its dual-SIM Asha 501 phone to our fair shores at the very affordable price of RM299. The phone is set to go on sale in the Klang Valley at the end of June, and early July for the rest of Malaysia.

The phone also marks the debut of Asha platform, which according to a Nokia spokesperson at the launch is a refurbished version of its Series 40 platform that will allow users to use the phone with gestures (which Nokia has taken to calling swipe), which promotes one-handed use. The phone is also preloaded with Facebook, Twitter, Opera, UC browser along with a medley of games.

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There is also the Fastlane, which is sort of notification centre and multitasking page all rolled into one. Nokia has taken to calling it Present and Past. Present includes currently running apps while Past shows messages and other notifications you’ve received.

As for the phone itself, it is indeed a short and stout device with a 3-inch QVGA capacitive touchscreen on the front (133ppi), it supports two finger multi touch as well. The display is slightly pixilated, but there are no qualms from our end.

The phone comes with a 3.2-megapixel fixed-focus camera on the rear. There are interchangeable shells with different colours- which range from bright red, cyan, yellow, bright green, white and black.  The Asha 501 has no 3G, but has WiFi support and EDGE for data connectivity.

If you are worried about bill shock, Nokia’s Xpress Browser compresses data usage (you can set data caps with the browser too), whereas Xpress Now recommends content based location, preferences and trending topics.

Nokia is enticing potential buyers with free 40 premium games within the 60 days of purchase.

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