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At Nokia World in Abu Dhabi today, Nokia expanded its Asha Platform family of devices with the Asha 500, Asha 502, and Asha 503. All three will be available in bright red, bright green, yellow, cyan, white, and black in Q4 2013.
(Scroll down to see the first video of all three Asha devices)
The Nokia Asha 500 features a 2.8-inch screen, 2MP camera, and comes in single SIM and Easy Swap Dual SIM variants. It will ship for $69 in Africa, Asia-Pacific, Europe, Latin America, and the Middle East.
The Nokia Asha 502 features a 3-inch screen, a 5MP camera with LED flash, and Easy Swap Dual-SIM. It will ship for $89 in Africa, Asia-Pacific, Europe, and the Middle East.
The Asha 503 features 3.5G connectivity, a 3-inch screen, 5MP camera with LED flash, Corning Gorilla Glass 2, and comes in single SIM and Easy Swap Dual SIM variants. It will ship for $99 in Africa, Asia-Pacific, Europe, Latin America, and the Middle East.
The Nokia Asha 500, Asha 502 and Asha 503 come with a new Asha user interface that Nokia says “enables faster and easier sharing of images on social networks” thanks to one-swipe access to the camera and a one-touch posting option. Fastlane gives people a second home screen for quick access to frequently used apps and deeper integration with their favourite social networks.
Nokia highlighted that the newest Asha phones will come with Nimbuzz Messenger, the first Asha app supporting VoIP telephony. This means users will be able to make domestic and international low-cost phone calls to other mobile phones as well as landlines.
Additional apps coming to Asha phones include: Danger Dash, ESPN F1, ESPN FC, ESPN Hub, Goal Live Scores, LINE with Free Voice Calls, Photofunia, PicFeed, and PicTag. WhatsApp will be available for the Nokia Asha 501 in November, with support for the new Nokia Asha 500, Asha 502, and Asha 503 said to be “coming soon.”
Here’s an assortment of the colorful, budget devices and a hands-on video:
Images via TNW, product images via Nokia
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