Enclosed in an ice-like, clear, plastic shell, the three newest phones from Nokia's Asha family are unique and affordable.
Unveiled during Nokia World in Abu Dhabi today, the Asha 500, 502, and 503 join Nokia's line of colorful, portable, and inexpensive phones geared toward emerging markets outside the US.
The top 503 (pictured here) packs a 3-inch display, a 5MP camera, and 3G connectivity (a first for the Ashas). It'll start at $99.
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Don't expect Lumia 1020's level of performance, but the 5MP camera should be great for quick snaps.
The body looks like a phone encased in ice -- it's an attractive effect.
Micro USB and 3.5mm headphone jacks are on all three phones.
A small button lets you pop off the case.
They're not skinny, but you won't struggle to get them into your pocket.
The 502 has a 3-inch display too, but lacks 3G. Prices will start at $69.
The 502 has a 5MP camera.
The 502 has almost identical physical dimensions to the 503.
The 500 meanwhile has a 2.8-inch display. It'll cost $49.
Asha 500 lacks 3G support.
A lesser 3MP camera is around the back.
Micro SD card slots are found underneath the back covers of all three Asha phones.
The cases are easily interchangeable.
Messaging service WhatsApp is now available on the Ashas, including the ability to send photo messages using only an internet connection.
All phones are available in the rainbow of colors seen here.
The Asha line is aimed mostly at developing markets.
The Asha 500 has a 1,200mAh battery that reportedly boasts a talk time of 14 hours.
For a budget phone, the 502 isn't bad looking.
The screens aren't high definition, but they have enough pixels for the essentials.
The 503 also has an LED flash on the back.
The 503 comes in both single and dual-SIM models.
All of these GSM handsets run on Nokia's Asha 1.0 operating system and feature the Nokia Xpress Internet browser. Bluetooth 3.0 and 10 free games from Nokia's app store are included as well.
Nokia expects to launch both the 502 and 503 (pictured here) starting in the fourth quarter of this year, with the 500 following close behind in the first quarter of 2014.
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