Today Nokia has unveiled a new low end QWERTY phone, which slots into the company’s cheaper Asha line, rather than being the keyboard-equipped Lumia . The Asha 210 packs full-QWERTY into a candybar form-factor, but also includes a dedicated WhatsApp shortcut key, with free lifetime service on the cross-platform messaging app for anyone who buys the single- or dual-SIM versions of the phone.
Hit the WhatsApp button and you can jump straight into your conversations; alternatively, there’s integration into the Asha 210′s phonebook, with the ability to start specific chats with people from there. Nokia also loads a YouTube app, throws in the SLAM easy photo transfer system we first saw last year on the Asha 205 “Facebook” phone, and the data-squeezing Nokia Xpress Browser.
It also has the following specs:
Twitter, Gmail, and other email account support.
- 46 days battery life on the single-SIM version,
while the dual-SIM Asha 210 will last for up to 24 days, the company
claims. The latter can flick between its SIM cards without requiring a
The Asha 210 will go on sale in Q2 2013, priced from $72. It’ll be offered in yellow, cyan, black, magenta, and white.
Will you buy one?
(Update ): Check out how all the above work in the video: