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Nokia Asha 500, 502, 503: bright colours on a tiny budgetThe Nokia 500, 502 and 503 are three ultra-budget smart phones with colourful bodies for developing markets.
I'm Andrew Hoyle for CNET and I'm here with Nokia in Abu Dhabi, taking a look at Nokia's additions to its range of budget Asha smartphones. We got the 500, the 502 and finally the 503. The all three new Ashas have the updated design. You can see that it still has this bright yellow plastic casing but it now looks like it's been in cased and what looks ice or glass. It's really quite an unusual design but I think it's really, really nice. So, the Asha 500 is the baby of the bunch, has a 2.8-inch screen with plenty of pixels to keep things nice and sharp. Around the back you'll see it has a 2-megapixel camera. It's running Nokia's Asha software which looks a lot like Symbian but you may have seen on some of the earlier Asha phones. You can see it's got these rounded icons in the list and if you just wanna play with this side, you'll see what's Fastlane which pulls together, comes into that, is coming up like counter reminders or messages and social network updates that you have previously had. Now, the 502 is slightly bigger with a 3-inch screen and also around the back, its camera has [unk] to 5 megapixels. And finally, the 503 is the daddy of the bunch. This also has a 3-inch screen but it has a Gorilla glass coating on the top, keeping it safe from scratches and it also has a 5-megapixel camera on the back. But crucially, this the first Asha to offer 3G data support. Now, cool new edition is WhatsApp, which it's finally made its way on to Asha but that allows you to send free messages and video calls and even pictures, only using your internet connection, allows them using up your costly allowance. So, now we have the three new Asha phones. You got the 500 starting at $69, the 502 is $89 and the 503 at $99. Make sure to keep at CNET for all the latest news.