Nokia announced on Monday that its new handset, the Asha 501, will debut this week starting in Thailand and Pakistan. The handset will be the first smartphone to run on the company’s new Asha platform. Availability is expected in India soon, and the device will roll out in the following weeks across Europe, the Middle East, Africa, Asia-Pacific and Latin America.
The Nokia Asha 501 will be available in six different colors including cyan, bright, red, yellow, bright green, black and white. The device is built with a durable removable shell and scratch resistant, tempered glass display.
The Asha 501 will be designed to navigate with simple swipe movements. A swipe across the screen will be able to unlock the phone, close apps, and shift between the “Home” and “Fastlane” screens. The Home screen works like a traditional smartphone display, while Fastlane will adapt to the user’s recent activity and upcoming events; it will also integrate with social media such as Twitter and Facebook.
The Nokia Asha 501 will be available starting this week with the suggested retail price of $100 USD.