updated 07:24 am EDT, Tue October 22, 2013
New Asha additions have dual-layer casing, long standby times
Nokia has used its Nokia World event to extend the Asha device range by three new models. The Asha 500, Asha 502, and Asha 503 follow the Asha 501 in offering entry-level smartphone features using the Asha software platform instead of Windows Phone, as favored by the Lumia devices launched at the same time.
All three sport the same leaked layered plastic casing, with the internal layer resembling the usual Lumia and Asha style, while a second external clear layer adds more protection. Support for Fastlane's social aspects appear in all three, as well as faster access to the camera via a single swipe of the screen.
The Asha 500, in single and dual-SIM variants, sports a 2.8-inch 320x240 display, a rear 2-megapixel camera, 64MB of RAM, MicroSD storage, and connectivity over Wi-Fi and Bluetooth 3.0. Its 1,200mAh battery is said to have a maximum standby time of 35 days, with a talk time of 14 hours, and a maximum music playback time of 46 hours, while cellular network access is limited to just GPRS.
Offering a larger 3-inch but same resolution display, the dual-SIM Asha 502 has a rear-mounted 5-megapixel camera with LED flash, with the rest of the specifications being the same as the Asha 502. The Asha 503 builds on top of the Asha 502 in adding Gorilla Glass 2 protection and connectivity over 3G. The 1,010mAh battery in the Asha 502 gives a maximum standby of 24 days, 13.7 hours of talk time, and 42.3 hours of music playback, and though the Asha 503 houses a larger 1,200mAh battery that gives it a standby capacity of up to 35 days, talk time over 2G is a lower 12 hours, an even lower 4.5 hours on 3G, and manages 35. hours of music playback.
The trio of Asha devices will be shipping in the fourth quarter of this year. The Asha 500 and 503 will head to regions in Africa, Asia-Pacific, Europe, Latin America, and the Middle East, priced at $69 and $99 respectively. The Asha 502, heading to Africa, Asia-Pacific, Europe, and Middle East, will cost $89.