Nokia’s biggest announcements in Abu Dhabi today will no doubt focus on Lumia devices first and foremost, but it’s not leaving the Asha lineup out in the Finnish cold. The company’s announced that it’s adding three successors to the Asha 501, the petite smartphone/featurephone hybrid released in May: the 500, the 502 and the 503. They will come in standard colors with a clear “icy” layer. One of the standout new features is the ability to take a photo with a single swipe, and you can swipe to launch the gallery application as well. For social networking aficionados, there’s even a “one tap to share” function baked right in. Even though Whatsapp has been available on Asha phones for awhile now, Nokia highlighted the app at the event, noting that there are over 350 million active Whatsapp users around the globe and that Whatsapp registers 250,000 users everyday through Nokia handsets. Elop went on to say that Asha’s fastlane social feature is now customizable and that the software improvements mentioned will be available for the 501 via an over-the-air update as well.
As for the hardware itself, the 500 has a 2-megapixel camera, the 502 has a 5-megapixel camera, while the 503 has a 5-megapixel camera, 3G, and both a single SIM and a dual SIM variant. All these devices will be launched in this quarter.