Nokia Asha 501 preview: First look

First look

GSMArena team, 27 June 2013.


The display on the Nokia Asha 501 is a 3" TFT unit of QVGA (240 x 320) resolution, which boils down to around 133ppi. The screen is capacitive and has multi-touch support.

Colors are nice and punchy and the screen is reasonably bright. Size may be an issue, as well as resolution, but the responsiveness has been notably improved from what we remember with the older Asha phones.

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The display

Browsing the web and watching videos isn't the most compelling experience on a screen of that screen size and resolution of course.

And here go the stats - contrast levels are pretty good but the brightness isn't all that impressive on paper. Blacks are good too.

Display test 50% brightness 100% brightness
Black, cd/m2 White, cd/m2 Contrast ratio Black, cd/m2 White, cd/m2 Contrast ratio
Nokia Asha 501 - - - 0.37 354 947
Sony Xperia E 0.19 157 813 0.50 433 875
Sony Xperia E dual 0.21 181 844 0.54 473 870
Sony Xperia J 0.22 289 1290 0.41 562 1359
HTC Desire X 0.18 226 1273 0.33 421 1275
HTC Desire V 0.33 340 1027 0.48 506 1054
Sony Xperia tipo - - - 0.75 561 751
HTC Desire C 0.23 186 814 0.5 360 723
HTC One X 0.15 200 1375 0.39 550 1410
Sony Xperia U 0.35 287 831 0.55 515 930
Samsung S7500 Galaxy Ace Plus 0.27 239 873 0.6 528 888

The pixel arrangement is standard RGB.

You can find all about our display testing routines here.


The Nokia Asha 501 features a power button on the right side, which will also lock and unlock the device, although you can do without it as the phone can be nudged out of standby with a double tap on the screen.

The volume rocker sits comfortably in the upper right corner of the phone. All three buttons (power and volume) are solid to press and easy to locate by touch.

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The right side of the phone

The left side of the Nokia Asha 501 doesn't hold any controls.

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The left side of the Asha 501

At the top there's the microUSB port, along with an old-gen Nokia charging port and a 3.5 mm headphones jack.

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On the top

The bottom holds no controls whatsoever.

Nokia Asha 501
The bottom

Undoing the back cover is easy - a light push on the nub at the bottom will do and the phone's bottom part will pop out of the shell.

You can then go on and take the phone out. Doing so reveals the 1200 mAh Li-Ion battery, with the primary SIM card slot under it in the very battery compartment. The hot-swappable microSD and secondary SIM card slot are on the side. This actually means they could've been accessible on the outside too but Nokia went for exchangeable covers instead.

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Removing the back cover

The battery on the Asha 501 is quoted at 624 hours of stand-by and 17 hours of calls for the dual-SIM version and almost double the standby time for the single-SIM variant.

We had the Nokia Asha 501 sitting around for a couple of days before we started actually testing it - making calls on both SIM cards, taking pictures, browsing the web, listening to music and checking out most of the available options and apps - and we managed to get the battery down to about 30%.

Reader comments

  • rajashree

Its a good phone but hangs frequently...ovrall the sleek design n size are vry gud.... But needs more updates all of nokias mobiles are waste in updates...

  • khalid

my mobil store problem

  • Blackdevil

It supports whatsapp so shut up... And download it...