Nokia announced that the Nokia Asha 501, will start selling this week in Thailand and Pakistan, with India to follow shortly. Nokia Asha 501 is the first of a new generation of smartphones to run on the new Asha Platform according to the statement available on Nokia’s website. The new device is expected roll out in subsequent weeks across countries in Europe, the Middle East and Africa, Asia-Pacific and Latin America.
"The new Nokia Asha 501 helps people quickly access everything they love with just a simple swipe," said Timo Toikkanen, executive vice president, Mobile Phones, Nokia. "Coupled with beautiful design, it's a smartphone with both style and substance, offered at a great price."
The new Asha comes with pre-loaded Nokia Xpress Browser. the browser compresses Internet data by up to 90%, making mobile browsing faster and more affordable. The device also features pre-installed social apps like Facebook and Twitter; chat services like Line, Nimbuzz and WeChat; as well as up to 40 free EA games available to download, such as Plants vs. Zombies. Even more free apps and games are available from Nokia Store, including HERE Maps** and the new Nokia Xpress Now content discovery web app.