Nokia Asha 501 Hands-On and Initial Impressions

Nokia Asha 501 Hands on – Colours Fly

Last week, I was invited to attend the launch of the Asha 501 in Bangalore and from the very beginning it was quite evident that Colour was the theme of the event which gave a Lumia vibe to it. I wasn’t expecting much from this budget phone, but was really impressed with the form factor and nice little touches Nokia has added to the UI.

Specs

The phone comes with a 3” touch screen display, supports WiFi connectivity, Bluetooth 3.0 but misses out on 3G connectivity. This came as a big surprise to me. The phone is expected to retail at about Rs. 5000 when it hits the stores.

Here a look at the specs

  • Display : 3.0 “ capacitive touchscreen, 256K colors with a resolution of 240 x 320 pixels (133ppi), supports Multitouch upto 2 fingers.
  • Processor : 1GHz
  • Connectivity:  GSM 900 / 1800 MHz (Micro SIM), Dual SIM Support, Wi-Fi b/g, Bluetooth 3.0 with EDR, microUSB port, 3.5mm audio jack
  • Storage: 128MB, Expandable via Micro SD upto 32GB
  • Camera : 3.15MP fixed focus camera.
  • OS : Nokia Asha software platform 1.0
  • Battery: 1,200mAh
  • Software : A big list of preinstalled apps and games.
  • Colours : Bright Red, Bright Green, Cyan, Yellow, White and Black.

Nokia has started refreshing the Asha line-up for the year and the 501 is the first of the launches. This time Colour, swipe and long battery seems to be Nokia’s mantra at the ever-growing budget phones market. In a way the 501 can be viewed as the successor to the Asha 311, gone are the shiny and glossy plastics, hardware call keys and in come the vibrant, colorful, candy form factor.  The styling looks simple and in line with the Lumia series, the rubberized plastic feels good to hold. The revamped S40 UI has a touch of MeeGo and it works well.

At the event the most talked about feature of the revamped UI was the FastLane. FastLane is essentially a task switcher with added functionality. It keeps track of all your recent activity including any unclosed apps, recent call logs, calendar events, music player and so on.  Even though the 501 has received a UI upgrade, specs wise it is a step down from the 311. So will it perform well? Stay tuned for the full review. Here are two hands-on video until then.

Gaming Apps & Settings on the Nokia Asha 501

Nokia Asha 501 Keyboard, Music, Video & Fastlane

Image Gallery

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XOLO launches Q600, a Quad-Core Android Phone at Rs. 8999

Xolo has announced that they’ve just released the fourth Q-series phone running on Android Jelly Bean. The Q600 is a Dual-SIM 3G device powered by a 1.2Ghz Quad-Core processor. The phone also sports 4.5 inch display with a resolution of 854 x 480 with a pixel density of 217 PPI. This is the cheapest Quad-c0re phone from Xolo, pegged at a retail price of Rs. 8999.

They’ve bundled  Swype along with the phone, so you don’t have to go buy the replacement keyboard app when you get the phone, so you can start Swyping as soon as you get it.

XOLO Q600 Key features on the Q600

  • 1.2 GHz Quad-Core Processor
  • 4.5″ TFT Display
  • Android Jelly Bean 4.2
  • Dual SIM (3G+2G)
  • 4 GB Internal Memory
  • External memory expandable up to 32 GB
  • 5 MP rear camera
  • VGA front camera
  • 2000 mAh battery

For more details about the phone, just to the Press Release right after the image gallery.

The XOLO Q600 in Pictures

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Read the Press Release

XOLO launches Q600 – The powerful smartphone powered by Quad core.

XOLO Q600 is priced at Rs. 8,999
July 2, 2013: After the successful launch of XOLO Q1000, Q700 and Q800, XOLO – the Premium Smartphone brand, today announced the launch of Q600. XOLO Q600 is the fourth Quad-core smartphone announced by the brand under its Qcore series. With this new launch XOLO with its promise of delivering something better and extra with every product, aims to provide a faster smartphone experience to its customers at an attractive price.

Q600 packs in a powerful 1.2 GHz Quad-core processor which offers Fast User Interface (UI) responsiveness, fast applications launches and smooth performance.

The XOLO Q600 runs on latest Android Jelly Bean v4.2. It comes packed with an exclusive app XOLO Secure – an Anti-theft app to protect your beloved device.  XOLO Q600 also comes preloaded with Swype keyborad to enable users to type faster in lesser time with unmatched ease of use and convenience.

It is equipped with a 4.5″ TFT display which supports 5 finger touch gesture. It has a resolution of 854×480 with 217 PPI. It comes with 4 GB of internal storage and 512 MB of RAM for a smoother smartphone experience.

The XOLO Q600 sports a 5 MP rear camera to capture vivid and sharp images and a VGA front camera for 3G video calling. It comes with a powerful 2000 mAh battery which offers up to 333 hours of stand by time and up to 13.4 hours of talk time on 2G and up to 10 hours of talk time on 3G.

The XOLO Q600 comes with a PowerVR SGX544 GPU and has an Accelerometer for a great gaming experience. This smartphone is available in a beautiful white color.

The other phones in XOLO’s portfolio are X500, X900, X910, X1000, A500, A700, A800, A1000, B700, Q700, Q800 and Q1000.

Nokia C1 & C2 Dual Sim phones Announced

Today Nokia Announced, at Nairobi, Kenya, two new wallet friendly Dual Sim phones.

The first one, which comes in two variants, is the Nokia C1 (the C1-01 and the C1-02).

The C1, runs the Series 40 interface, and apart from being very wallet friendly, at under EUR 40, has a standby battery  time of 6 weeks!

The C2, the other Dual Sim phone, is the next model in the line. It features hot swap on the second sim, which basically means that you can swap the second sim card without switching off your phone.The C2 will cost around EUR 45.

Both the C1 and C2 have GPRS, Bluetooth, a Micro SD card slot and a 3.5mm jack. What they offer is amazing value for money. Apart from just the devices themselves, these two phones will come bundled with services such as Nokia Messaging, Ovi Mail, Ovi Life Tools, and in certain markets, Nokia Money.

Read more about the C1 and the C2 over at Nokia Conversations. You can find more about the C1 here & here, and the C2 here.

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