Nokia Asha 503 Quick Review and Best Price in Kenya

Nokia Asha 503 Quick Review and Best Price in Kenya

March 25, 2014
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The Nokia Asha 503 is the 4-star General of the Nokia Asha Army. The Nokia Asha 50x series has some of the most popular handsets in the Kenyan Smartphone Market.

The Nokia Asha 503 is the unofficial ‘flagship’ device of the Asha line. The petite device goes out of its way to balance features and price, something that is painful struggle for most entry-level devices.

The Nokia Asha Line is popular with many Kenyans mainly due to the affordability aspect of its devices. The Asha Line, compliments the vast Nokia Lumia series that is active in its quest to pump up Windows 8 Mobile OS market share.

Here is quick review of the Nokia Asha 503 and its best price in Kenya.

Nokia Asha 503 Quick Review and Best Price in Kenya

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Dimensions: 102.6 x 60.6 x 12.7 mm

Weight: 110.2 g

The Nokia Asha 503 has the largest frame size in the Nokia Asha 50x range. However, it is more like the tallest midget. This is because its frame size is quite diminutive when compared to other devices in its price range. Nevertheless, the device is compact and sort of disappears in your hands.

This is by the way a good thing and a concept emphasized on the Sony Xperia Z1 Compact.


Screen Size: 3.0 inches

Screen Resolution: 1240 x 320 pixels

Screen Resolution Density: 133 ppi

Screen Protection: Corning Gorilla Glass

The highlight of the Nokia Asha 503 is definitely the corning gorilla glass layer on its display. The Corning Gorilla glass was previously a flagship grade feature, but has with time trickled over to mid-tier and entry-level devices.

The Nokia Lumia 503 has a corning Gorilla Glass layer to keep scratches at bay. A a score for durability.

Nokia Asha 503 Quick Review and Best Price Kenya

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Nokia preferred to leave techies in the dark as to the Tech Specification of the Asha 503. A move I believe was to counter the ‘discrimination’ of the Nokia Asha 50x devices. We can, however, bet on a 1 GHz Single Core CPU and 64 MB RAM.

Operating System: Nokia Asha software platform 1.2


Internal Memory:

Card Slot: Yes, Complimentary 4 GB Micro SD Card

Just like the Nokia Asha 502, you will get a free 4 GB Micro SD card with each Nokia Asha 503 purchase.


Rear Camera: 5MP

Front Facing Camera: No

LED: Yes

The 5MP camera is a perfect bargain. However, the Camera App has just the basic in functionality. The snapper also lacks touch focus functionality and thus may at times lead to blurred images. However, the LED flash is a plus considering its notable absence on the Nokia Lumia 520.

Battery Life

Battery Capacity: Li-Ion 1200 mAh battery

The Li-Ion 1200 mAh battery may not be the largest in the game, but you will love the battery Stamina of the Asha 503. The Nokia Asha OS is limited in functionality.

The silver lining to this is that the OS sucks in less battery juice compared to other operating systems such as Android. Heck, tests reveal that the Nokia Asha 503 can last you to 7 Days while on moderate usage!

Tech Trends Diary Verdict

Why You Should Buy the Nokia Asha 503

  • Amazing Battery Life
  • 5 MP Camera + LED Flash
  • Affordable Price Tag

Cons of the Nokia Asha 503

  • Limited App Selection

Techie Talk

The Nokia Asha 503 is the perfect Kenyan entry-level handset. I bet you have heard statements like or similar to ‘siezi nunua phone ina cost more than 10k’ may be from your stingy mates or from a random dude in a restaurant.

Well, it looks like Nokia listened to the folks out there and designed a sturdy Smartphone with a larger than life battery.

What more could a Kenyan ask for?

Tech Trends Diary Rating

Nokia Asha 503: [usr 7.9]


Competitors of the Nokia Asha 503 include the Alcatel One Touch T’Pop and the Techno P5.

Best Price in Kenya

The Nokia Lumia 503 has a suggested retail price of Ksh 9,999

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Kevin is a Passionate Technology Enthusiast and the Lead Writer at MobiTrends. He has been writing about Smartphones and Mobile Technology since 2012. Drop him your comments below :)

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