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

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


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22 Comments

1. xperiaDROID

Posts: 5629; Member since: Mar 08, 2013

BINGO! A QWERTY equipped Nokia Asha! Awesome! :D

8. AmitMajumder

Posts: 178; Member since: May 21, 2012

Might be a Lumia with qwerty keyboard?

12. xperiaDROID

Posts: 5629; Member since: Mar 08, 2013

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

15. cdgoin

Posts: 614; Member since: Jul 28, 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..

17. xperiaDROID

Posts: 5629; Member since: Mar 08, 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!

2. akki20892

Posts: 3902; Member since: Feb 04, 2013

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

3. Diego!

Posts: 876; Member since: Jun 15, 2009

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

4. best_

Posts: 50; Member since: Apr 08, 2013

i hope so :)

5. aguilitas

Posts: 8; Member since: Apr 30, 2012

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

6. superstar

Posts: 30; Member since: Apr 14, 2013

Bring back the E series lumia E7 would be cool

9. Kriksis

Posts: 94; Member since: Aug 27, 2012

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

7. p211093

Posts: 25; Member since: Dec 12, 2012

new budjet asha phone..in lumia style

10. Bluesky02

Posts: 1439; Member since: Dec 05, 2011

You know what, even Nokia design Asha phones looks beautiful

11. Stephedojobs

Posts: 2; Member since: Apr 08, 2013

I rather choose the Nokia Asha than a Lumia.

13. aco96

Posts: 244; Member since: Oct 12, 2012

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

14. cdgoin

Posts: 614; Member since: Jul 28, 2010

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

16. aco96

Posts: 244; Member since: Oct 12, 2012

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

21. cameogt

Posts: 88; Member since: Oct 18, 2012

series 40 is a symbian java-based platform.

18. cdgoin

Posts: 614; Member since: Jul 28, 2010

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

19. yowanvista

Posts: 341; Member since: Sep 20, 2011

Symbian is essentially dead

20. Kriksis

Posts: 94; Member since: Aug 27, 2012

ASHA (S40) don't have multitasking

22. Stuntman

Posts: 843; Member since: Aug 01, 2011

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

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