Nokia Asha 501 heading to UK in 'weeks'

We first saw this budget feature phone back in May, when details of a launch over here were pretty vague. Today, details of the Nokia Asha 501's arrival in the UK are a little more clear.

The Asha 501 is the first device on the new Asha platform and a very colourful one too, with a choice of six colours at launch. It also has a scratch-resistant glass display, a three-inch, capacitive touchscreen (320 x 240 resolution), the option of single and dual-SIM, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, a 3.2-megapixel camera, up to 32GB of storage (via card), a talk time of up to 17 hours and 40 free games from EA as a bonus. Web is via the Nokia Xpress browser, which compresses data by 90% and Facebook and Twitter are pre-installed naturally.

You'll get access to two main screens after switch on, Home and Fastlane, with the former a traditional, icon-based view for launching individual apps and the latter inspired by 'how people really use their phone' - so regular contacts, social networks and apps unique to you.

It's only 2G, so don't expect much speed here, but do expect cheapness when it hits Europe and the UK in 'weeks'. No specific price for these shores as yet, but €75 was quoted as a general figure for Europe. A definite candidate for a pay-as-you-go deal for one of the networks, especially as Nokia has said it has done deals with ' global operators' for free Facebook use.

If we hear of a specific partner in the UK, we'll let you know.

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