Specs summary


The Nokia Asha 501's screen is 3 inches with 240 x 320 pixels resolution.


The phone runs on the Nokia Asha software platform 1.0 operating system (OS).

3+ MP

You can take photos or capture video with the phone's onboard 3+ megapixel camera.

There's no secondary front camera.

128 MB

Internal memory is 128 MB. An external, MicroSD, MicroSDHC (up to 32 GB) expansion slot is available for increased storage capacity.


The phone is powered by a Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion), 1200 mAh battery. Nokia's performance ratings are 48 days standby time, 1020 minutes (2G).

A colorful, $99 handset bringing smartphone-like experiences to the masses

- Nick Summers , The Next Web 

The Nokia Asha 501 brings a number of features on a bargain price, which combined with its fresh look and solid build quality is bound to attract a large number of customers on a tight budget.

- GSMArena team , GSMArena 

Reviews (6/10 Avg. rating)

The Next Web

An attractive, pocketable handset with a battery that actually lasts

from The Next Web
It’s difficult to ignore that $99 price tag. For all of its shortcomings, camera and Web browsing included, the Nokia Asha 501 is an impressive package for anyone on a budget. The interface feels modern and trendy, but also accessible enough that even my parents could use it without being overwhelmed... Full review

A feature phone designed to rival with affordable smartphones

from PhoneArena

Nokia is selling the Asha 501 at a retail price south of $100 contract-free. As low as that sounds, at this price there is already a number of Android device like the Samsung Galaxy Pocket with better functionality. If you want the most apps and possibilities, an affordable Android phone would be a much better fit.

Still, you have to appreciate the effort Nokia has put into making the Asha 501 a fun and easy to use device. The vibrant colors and interchangeable back covers, the dual SIM option and the swipe-based interface all come together for a nice experience and the addition... Full review

Tech Ticker

The Asha 501 serves the purpose really well

from Tech Ticker
The Asha 501 is a really good device with Fastlane making the work easier but when you look at the app ecosystem, the Asha 501 is clearly at a disadvantage. One of the biggest drawback is the lack of Whatsapp and although it is coming soon, the app is already available on many competitive devices... Full review

The Nokia Asha 501 brings a number of features on a bargain price

from GSMArena
In the end of the day Nokia Asha 501 brings a number of features on a bargain price, which combined with its fresh look and solid build quality is bound to attract a large number of customers on a tight budget. At this point though, it's flying way too close to smartphone territory to be comfortable - it's up to Nokia to fix that with a price cut and set things right... Full review
PC Pro

A cheap, cheerful and well-made compact smartphone, but it’s far too slow

from PC Pro
If it's given a suitably low price, the Asha 501 will fulfil the role of a very basic smartphone. However, given how superior Nokia's range of Windows Phone handsets is – in particular the affordable Nokia Lumia 520 – we think most people will be willing to pay the premium... Full review

Smart design and form-factor with easy to use UI

from NDTV
The Nokia Asha 501 is definitely good in some departments but disappoints in some. If we consider the price of the device and the features that it brings, it is overall a very good deal.For those looking to buy a feature phone that delivers a smartphone-like experience, the Nokia Asha 501 is a decent package. One thing that surprised us was that both the SIM slots supported Micro-SIM, which may be an inconvenience for some. Overall, the Asha 501 scores well in terms of design, user-interface and build quality. .. Full review
The Mobile Indian

The pricing is pretty fair when measured with the value and user experience packed

from The Mobile Indian
Though it is a budget level phone, it aims to deliver the experience and features available in the large screen smartphone device. This phone is ideally meant for the first time mobile web users with minimal usage, students and great second phone for calling, texting and social networking. Nokia Asha 501 is the budget phone to consider when one needs great battery life and with limited budget.. Full review

A fantastic package for its cost, offering a unique and high quality user experience

from UnleashThePhones

The Nokia Asha 501 is a fantastic package for its cost, offering a unique and at the same time, a high quality user experience; something which is difficult to get in this price range. Built like a rock, the materials used give no indication that this is a lower end phone. A stunner in terms of looks, I still can’t stop looking at this cute little beauty. Excellent battery life, A matured App ecosystem, User Experience which makes it a joy to use, I find it difficult to criticize the phone all aspects considered. If at all, I wish it had a larger screen, simply because the Asha 5xx pl... Full review

Fone Arena

Excellent hardware quality, reliable communications platform

from Fone Arena
The phones pack in all the essentials needed in a device from this category and little else but that works out well here. The 501 works brilliantly well as a communications tool with a sprinkling of multimedia functionality added in... Full review

Could be a great phone

Whatsapp, Skype, Viber, do not work in Nokia ashia 501. Not even the Nokia Suite and the phone can be synchronized yet. The battery is not much anything if you use the Internet and make many calls. Could be a great phone but still it is not because they lack important applications.
Whatsapp, Skype, Viber, do not work in Nokia ashia 501. Not even the Nokia Suite and the phone can be synchronized yet. The battery is not much anything if you use the Internet and make many calls. Could be a great phone but still it is not because they lack important applications. Less

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Full Specs

Release date June 1, 2013
Regions available United Kingdom, Asia, Europe, Australia, Africa, India, Philippines
900/1800 MHz
SIM Card Yes
Dual SIM No
Operating System Nokia Asha software platform 1.0
Processor No
Internal Flash Memory
128 MB
Digital compass No
FlightMode Yes
Hearing Aid Compatible No
Noise Cancellation No
SAR Head: 1 W/kg
Body: 0.62 W/kg
Languages English
Manufacturer Warranty 1 Year
Accessories Included AC Charger, Headset, Manual, Standard Battery
Power & Battery
Type Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion), 1200 mAh
Removable Battery Yes
Wireless Charging No
Fast Charging No
Video Playback Time 840 minutes
Wi-Fi Surfing Time Unknown
3G Surfing Time No
4G Surfing Time No
Talk Time Up to:
1020 minutes (2G)
Standby Time Up to: 48 days
Physical Characteristics
Design Type Bar
Multi-Use Smart Phone / PDA No
Material Plastic
Colors Black, Bright Green, Bright Red, Cyan, White, Yellow
Dimensions [H x W x D] 9.9 x 5.8 x 1.2 cm
(3.9 x 2.3 x 0.5 in)
Weight 98 grams
(3.5 ounces)
Water Resistant / Waterproof Unknown
Rugged Design No
IP Rating No
Antenna Type Internal
Changeable Faceplates No
Display / Screen
Type Color
Technology LCD (TFT)
Colors 262k
Resolution 240 x 320 pixels
Pixel Density 133 pixels
Size 3 inches
3D No
Secondary Display No
Sensors Proximity, Motion / Accelerometer
Graphics Wallpapers
Themes No
Backlit Illumination Yes
Zoom / Magnification Yes
Screen Orientation Lock Yes
Multi Touch Yes
Fingerprint-Resistant Coating No
Additional Display Features Capacitive touch screen
Input / Navigation
Sleep / Wake Key No
Home Key No
Mute Key No
Input Type Touchscreen
Navigation Type Touchscreen
Predictive Text Entry No
Physical Keyboard No
Voicemail Key No
Any Key Answer No
Voice Commands No
Keypad / Screen Lock Yes
External Volume Control Yes
External Media Playback Controls No
Fingerprint Sensor No
Call Management
Wi-Fi Calling Unknown
Voice over LTE (VoLTE) Unknown
Contact List Capacity 4000 entries
Multiple Numbers Per Contact Email address, Other fields
Contact Groups Yes
Auto Answer No
Voice Activated Dialing No
Photo Caller ID Yes
Web / Email / Messaging
Web Browsing Type WAP
Browser Unknown
Javascript Yes
Flash No
Email Yes
Email Protocols POP3, IMAP, SMTP
Additional Email Features No
Messaging Services SMS, MMS, IM
Push-to-talk (PTT) No
USB Micro-USB 2.0
USB OTG Support No
Infrared No
Bluetooth 3.0
Bluetooth Profiles OPP/FTP, HFP, HSP
WiFi 802.11 b/g
WiFi Encryption No
Mobile Hotspot No
Expansion Slots Yes
Expansion Slots Info MicroSD, MicroSDHC (up to 32 GB)
PC Synchronization No
TV-out No
DLNA Support No
UMA Support No
Data Tethering Compatibility No
Java Applications Yes
Brew Applications No
ECML / Digital Wallet No
PictBridge No
Main Camera  
Aperture Unknown
Resolution 3+ megapixels
Dual Lens No
Zoom 3x digital
Flash No
Additional Rear Camera Info Self-timer, White balance
Video Recording Formats 3GP / 3GPP
Video Recording Parameters QVGA (320 x 240 pixels), 15 fps
Front Camera  
Zoom No
Additional Front Camera Info No
Video Recording Parameters
Audio / Video
Audio Playback Yes
Audio Formats MIDI, MP3, eAAC+, eAAC, AAC+, AAC, AMR-WB, AMR, AMR-NB
Radio Yes (FM)
Video Playback Yes
Video Playback Formats 3GP / 3GPP, H.264 / AVC, MPEG-4, ASF, AVI
Mobile TV No
Streaming Video Yes
External Speakers Yes
Headset Jack 3.5mm
Custom Ringtones Yes
Vibration Alert Yes
Downloadable Ringtones Yes
Ringtone Composer No
Ringer ID Yes
Haptic Feedback Vibration No
Speakerphone Yes
To-Do / Task List No
Calendar Yes
World Clock No
Alarm Yes
Stopwatch No
Timer No
Calculator Yes
Currency Converter No
Document Viewer No
Weather Yes
Stocks No
Maps No
Notepad Yes
Voice Memos / Recorder Yes
Games Downloadable, Pre-installed
Apps Downloadable, Pre-installed (Nokia Xpress Browser, Facebook, Twitter)
Included Software / Apps No
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