Nokia Asha 501 vs 500

The true ‘Nokia fans’ were disappointed when they came to know that the Finnish company has sold its handset manufacturing business to Microsoft. Some also thought that there will be no future launches after this news was officially announced.

Nokia is facing a very tough competition in the marketplace. But the manufacturers have not given up yet. During the Nokia World Event 2013, the company launched new phones in its Lumia & Asha series. Nokia also launched its first Windows tablet, naming as Nokia Lumia 2520.

In the Asha series, Nokia introduced Asha 500, Asha 502 and Asha 503. These phones are budget friendly and they all sport a new interface and a couple of new added features in the Asha OS. Earlier, Nokia launched Asha 501 which is a hot selling phone in the Asha series.

Now many of you would ask about the differences between Nokia Asha 500 & Nokia Asha 501. So, here we bring you a complete comparison between the new Nokia Asha 500 & Nokia Asha 501.

Dimensions & Weight:

The dimensions of Nokia Asha 501 suggest that it is 0.8mm slimmer and 10g lighter over the Nokia Asha 500. The height & width of both phones are almost same.

Design & Display:

The body design of both the Asha phones is somewhat similar to each other. But Nokia Asha 500 has a new transparent frame case over its bright color body which gives a crystal clear metallic look to the phone. They duo are available in various vibrant color options.

Nokia Asha 500 sports a 2.8 inch QVGA touch screen, which produces a resolution of 320 x 240 pixels at a rate of 142 ppi. Whereas Nokia Asha 501 sports a 3 inch QVGA touch screen, which produces same resolution of 320 x 240 pixels at a rate of 133 ppi.

Nokia Asha 501 has a bit bigger touch screen but Asha 500’s touch screen has a bit better pixel density. Nonetheless, both carry proximity sensor on them.

Hardware, Camera & Storage memory:

Both the phones support Micro SIM and can run two SIM cards together with its dual standby feature. Nokia Asha 500 houses a 2 Megapixels rear camera. While Asha 501 has a better 3.2 Megapixels rear camera producing better image resolution.

Nokia Asha 500 & Asha 501 have equal 128 MB of internal memory, which can be expanded up to 32GB using a microSD card. They both have 64MB RAM on board for smooth functioning.

Operating System:

Nokia Asha 500 & Asha 501 runs on Nokia’s Asha OS. The company has added a new user interface with fastlane feature and easy swipe multi homescreen feature.


The connectivity options for both the phones are almost similar. Both carry Bluetooth 3.0 with EDR, GPRS, WI-Fi, MicroUSB and Nokia Slam feature.


Nokia has fuelled both the phone with a same 1200mAH battery. However, the standby time on Nokia Asha 501 is slightly more than that on Nokia Asha 500.


In the end, we can definitely make out that Nokia Asha 501 is a better choice over the Asha 500 because of its better camera. The Nokia Asha 500 has a new crystal clear frame of its physical structure, which imparts a refreshing look in the phone and can attract a buyer. However, the features of both the phones are same.