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Second look at image on Nokia site suggests a QWERTY equipped Asha model will be announced on Wednesday

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Second look at image on Nokia site suggests a QWERTY equipped Asha model will be announced on Wednesday
Earlier today, we told you about an an announcement scheduled by Nokia for Wednesday morning, confirmed by Nokia's own website. We passed along an image from the site which displayed pieces of a yellow handset with rounded corners and a QWERTY keyboard. With the rounded corner not resembling any Lumia model, and the Nokia employee involved in the post announcement Q&A working on the Mobile Phones team rather than the Lumia group, it would seem that the announcement tomorrow could be for the Nokia Asha line. The placement of the arrow with the adjacent "Z" as appears in the picture is a layout used before on earlier Asha models like the Nokia Asha 302.
 
With the announcement set for 7am GMT, it would seem that whatever is being introduced is aimed at the European and/or Asian market. A QWERTY equipped featurephone could help Nokia recapture some lost market share overseas and return to the black in the second quarter. For the first quarter, Nokia recently reported an operating loss of $196 million.

source: Nokia via electronista

This image released by Nokia could be pointing to a new QWERTY equipped featurephone

This image released by Nokia could be pointing to a new QWERTY equipped featurephone


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posted on 22 Apr 2013, 08:34 6

1. xperiaDROID (Posts: 5150; Member since: 08 Mar 2013)


BINGO! A QWERTY equipped Nokia Asha!

Awesome! :D

posted on 22 Apr 2013, 09:44 5

8. AmitMajumder (Posts: 79; Member since: 21 May 2012)


Might be a Lumia with qwerty keyboard?

posted on 22 Apr 2013, 10:17 2

12. xperiaDROID (Posts: 5150; Member since: 08 Mar 2013)


Maybe.........but a Lumia with QWERTY keyboard doesn't match at all, in my opinion. :)

posted on 22 Apr 2013, 11:24 5

15. cdgoin (Posts: 366; Member since: 28 Jul 2010)


Ashas' already have QWERTY keyboards :
http://www.phonearena.com/phones/Nokia-Asha-205_id7586

That said... the typeset on the keys of the 205 look like the pictures.

So sure its an improved Asha 205.

REALLY REALLY wish it comes as a WP though..

posted on 22 Apr 2013, 11:30

17. xperiaDROID (Posts: 5150; Member since: 08 Mar 2013)


Of course I know the Ashas already have QWERTY keyboards!

Can't you see the 'BINGO' word? It means that I'm right, Nokia is making a new QWERTY equipped Nokia Asha!

posted on 22 Apr 2013, 08:35 2

2. akki20892 (Posts: 3292; Member since: 04 Feb 2013)


New Square Asha Devce with cool features..........!!! and maybe NL928 also

posted on 22 Apr 2013, 08:48 2

3. Diego! (Posts: 503; Member since: 15 Jun 2009)


That arrow is very "Windows Phone-like", could it be a tablet?

posted on 22 Apr 2013, 08:59 1

4. best_ (Posts: 50; Member since: 08 Apr 2013)


i hope so :)

posted on 22 Apr 2013, 08:59

5. aguilitas (Posts: 8; Member since: 30 Apr 2012)


not really, the arrow is already common to asha models... a nokia tablet would be really neat though

posted on 22 Apr 2013, 09:13 4

6. superstar (Posts: 30; Member since: 14 Apr 2013)


Bring back the E series lumia E7 would be cool

posted on 22 Apr 2013, 09:45 2

9. Kriksis (Posts: 80; Member since: 27 Aug 2012)


waiting for exactly that to upgrade from my E7...

posted on 22 Apr 2013, 09:20

7. p211093 (Posts: 25; Member since: 12 Dec 2012)


new budjet asha phone..in lumia style

posted on 22 Apr 2013, 09:46 1

10. Bluesky02 (Posts: 1439; Member since: 05 Dec 2011)


You know what, even Nokia design Asha phones looks beautiful

posted on 22 Apr 2013, 10:01 3

11. Stephedojobs (Posts: 2; Member since: 08 Apr 2013)


I rather choose the Nokia Asha than a Lumia.

posted on 22 Apr 2013, 11:03 5

13. aco96 (Posts: 189; Member since: 12 Oct 2012)


I would like to see a high-end version of Nokia E7 :)

posted on 22 Apr 2013, 11:20

14. cdgoin (Posts: 366; Member since: 28 Jul 2010)


OK if Nokia is abandoning Symbian, but they are still making the Asha platform.. what is Asha running on..? If not WP ?

posted on 22 Apr 2013, 11:28 3

16. aco96 (Posts: 189; Member since: 12 Oct 2012)


Ashas are feature phones, not smartphones. They run Nokia's Series 40 software.

posted on 22 Apr 2013, 20:58

21. cameogt (Posts: 88; Member since: 18 Oct 2012)


series 40 is a symbian java-based platform.

posted on 22 Apr 2013, 11:41

18. cdgoin (Posts: 366; Member since: 28 Jul 2010)


Whats the difference between series 40 and symbian at this point..?

posted on 22 Apr 2013, 15:39 1

19. yowanvista (Posts: 298; Member since: 20 Sep 2011)


Symbian is essentially dead

posted on 22 Apr 2013, 15:50

20. Kriksis (Posts: 80; Member since: 27 Aug 2012)


ASHA (S40) don't have multitasking

posted on 22 Apr 2013, 22:52

22. Stuntman (Posts: 711; Member since: 01 Aug 2011)


If it weren't for SwiftKey, this might make me switch if it is a landscape slider.

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