Nokia Intros Asha 501

Nokia rolled out the sub-$100 Asha 501, with first roll-outs in high-volume markets such as India. The phone runs Nokia's new Asha software, a fruition of the company's SmarterPhone acquisition, a few years ago. The 501 is the top model among the company's entry-level Asha series, and features a 3-inch capacitive QVGA screen, six body color options (black, white, red, yellow, blue, and green); and a 3.2-megapixel autofocus camera.

The Asha platform, which is a heavily distilled MeeGo distro, is extremely light on the hardware. The device runs a low-power CPU, and just 64 MB of RAM, backed by 128 GB phone storage. A 4 GB micro-SDHC card comes included, but you can expand it all the way up to 32 GB. The software features support for most modern smartphone apps, including Facebook and YouTube. The device supports 3G HSDPA radio, and 802.11 n WLAN. Under its hood is an impressive 1,200 mAh battery. Measuring 99.2 x 58 x 12.1 mm, it weighs about 98 g. It is priced at $99.