At what could be the last ever Nokia World, the Finns announced three new Asha devices – the 500, 502 and 503, building upon the Asha brand and working toward the Next Billion goal that the company had set a while back.
The three devices – Asha 500, 502 and 503 come with a dual-shot design – the normal, solid colour polycarbonate body, above which there’s a transparent layer of polycarbonate, again. It looks good in the photos, and one wonders how it’ll look in real, but that’s a matter for a different day. Right now, let’s move on to the specs of the three devices.
The Asha 500 and the Asha 503 come in single and dual SIM versions, but the Asha 502 is dual SIM only, much like the Asha 501.
Nokia’s improved on the swipe experience. You can now decide what appears and what doesn’t in Fastlane, and there are now separate counters for Facebook and Twitter notifications.
And as the numbers suggest, the Asha 500 is the most budget-friendly device of the lot, with the Asha 502 succeeding the Asha 501. The Asha 503 finally supports 3G, and apart from that, it has a better battery compared to the 502, and comes with curved Gorilla Glass.
Here’s a handy table talking about the specs.
The new Asha 500, 502 and 503 will available from quarter four, with sales beginning in the Asia-Pacific market. Before any local taxes or operator subsidies, the Nokia Asha 500 will retail at around USD 69; the Asha 502 at around USD 89 and the Asha 503 at about USD 99.
PS: WhatsApp for the Nokia Ashas is now available. Phew.
So, which one do you like the most? I’d still go for the Nokia 515, but the 503 looks fine, too.