New Nokia Smartphone Will Cost $99 and Have 48 Days of Standby Battery Life

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Nokia is preparing to make a comeback in the cellphone world by launching a new smartphone that is able to stay on for 48 days straight, costing only $99.

The Asha 501 has a 1200 mAh battery, enabling it to have 17 hours of talk time and 56 hours of music playback. 

It will come in red, blue, black, yellow, white and green. Its hardware will include a 3" multi-touch screen, WiFi and Bluetooth connectivity, and a 3.2 Mega Pixel camera.

Though the phone will not support 3G or 4G data speeds, it will come equipped with a Nokia Xpress Browser.

The browser is able to compress Internet data by "up to 90 percent." 

App developers from some of the most popular content creators for Andriod and Apple have shown interest in the Asha phone, including Facebook, Foursquare, LinkedIn, CNN, ESPN, The Weather Channel and Twitter.

The company is working with wireless carrier Airtel and Facebook to provide free data access through the Asha Facebook app and all mobile Facebook web pages. 

"The collaboration with Nokia is in line with our strategy of enabling people to access data in Africa as we seek to bridge the digital divide across the continent," Andre Beyers, Airtel Africa's chief marketing officer, said. 

"The provision of free Facebook access is an excellent proposition to the millions of Airtel consumers."

It will be available in the Asia Pacific, India, the Middle East, Africa, Latin America and Europe in June 2013. 

They have not announced a U.S. release.

Sources: Daily Mail, WSJ