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Nokia Asha 500 leaked as smart feature phone, WhatsApp coming too

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As the Nokia-Microsoft acquisition still floats around in the news, Nokia seems to just continue making waves on the web. EVLeaks today showed off the company’s second, and upcoming, Asha OS powered device in the form of the Nokia Asha 500.

The Nokia Asha 500 could be quite a thorn in the back of the company’s best selling Windows Phone powered device, the Nokia Lumia 520, when it launches later this year, which is likely why Microsoft might phase the device out as soon as the deal is approved, IF it gets approved that is. The Asha 500 seems to be the successor to the Nokia Asha 501, though the naming scheme does make it quite a bit confusing. The Asha 500 will seemingly feature dual SIM capabilities, a capasitive touch button on the front, unlike the physical button found on the Asha 501, and of course support for the popular WhatsApp instant messaging application.

The Nokia Asha 500 is likely to make its appearance on October 22 when the company is set to unveil their tablet and phablet offerings to the world. Hmm, could Nokia become a big player just before Microsoft gobbles them up?

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Written by Dion Guillaume

September 20th, 2013 at 10:18 am