A Nokia official displays a new $99 phone in its mid-range Asha line at a launch in New Delhi May 9, 2013.
Nokia’s much awaited budget smartphone Asha 501 has finallly been placed up for pre-order on the company's official website with a price-tag of ₹5,199.REUTERS/Anindito Mukherjee

Finnish handset maker Nokia has begun selling the Asha 501 smartphone on its official e-store for ₹5,199 in India.

The budget Asha phone can also be pre-ordered at popular online shopping portals Flipkart and Infibeam for the same price.

Nokia Asha 501 sports a QVGA (320x240p) two-point capacitive touch screen having a pixel density of 133 ppi (pixels per inch) and runs on the new Asha software platform v1.0. It houses 64 MB inbuilt memory and thanks to the microSD cad slot, users can expand memory space up to 32GB. 

In terms of internal hardware, the new Nokia phone comes with a high capacity BL-4U model battery which gives power back up to a staggering 17 hours of talk time (2G). 

The new Asha will be pitted against Samsung's Rex Series, Galaxy Y smartphones as well as the domestic competitors - Micromax Smarty 4.3, Karbonn A6 and even its own siblings - Asha 311 and Asha 310.

On Monday (1 July), Nokia also launched a low-cost feature phone, Nokia 301, with 3.5G conectivity for ₹5,349.

[To buy the Asha 501 at Nokia's official e-Store, Click Here]

Key specifications of Nokia Asha 501:

Model Nokia Asha 501
Display 3.0-inch QVGA capacitive two-point touchscreen having 320x240p resolution,pixel density: 133 ppi (pixels per inch)
OS Nokia Asha Software platform v1.0
Storage capacity 64MB, memory expandable up to 32GB
Camera 3.2-megapixel main camera having resolution of 2048x1536p with 3X digital zoom, no LED flash support(no secondary camera)
Network 2G
Battery 1200 mAh, talk time up to 17 hours
Add-ons Dual-SIM, Bluetooth v3.0, Wi-Fi (WLAN IEEE 802.11 b/g/n), USB v2.0
Dimensions 99.2 x 58.0 x 12.1 mm
Weight 91 g
Price ₹5,199/-