Nokia unveils “social” QWERTY Asha 210 handset


Nokia has revealed another handset in its Asha line of phones, the Asha 210, set to retail for around $72 (R660) and sporting looks along the lines of older BlackBerry devices.

The QWERTY handset is expected to ship in the second quarter of 2013, so it should be available any day between now and the end of June, and Nokia is touting the social features of the Asha 210 at the moment. The Asha 210 features a WhatsApp button and pre-installed WhatsApp access for users. WhatsApp will be free for those who use the Asha 210, for as long as they use the handset, thanks to a partnership between the Finnish company and the IM service. Support for most other social networks will be included, of course.

The handset isn’t the most technologically advanced phone users are likely to see, with a 2.4-inch display, WiFi and a 2 megapixel camera being the standout features aside from the BlackBerry-like keyboard. Several Nokia-specific software features will be part and parcel of the phone, like the Nokia Xpress Browser and Nokia Nearby, which will point users to nearby items of interest.

The relatively low cost, along with the styling of the Asha 210, should see the phone do well in South Africa whenever it is confirmed for the country. The free WhatsApp access in particular could see Nokia scoring some major points with local consumers.

Source: The Verge


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