Nokia Teases Colorful New QWERTY Phone
April 22, 2013 9:50 AM
Don't expect a Windows Phone, although those are in the pipe as well
Nokia Oyj. (
pounded by shareholders
for missing its revenue forecast, but is still showing some decent growth with its Windows Phone lineup, whose sales have more than doubled on a year-to-year basis.
The company on Monday
fans with a shot of what looked like (based on the key size and positioning) a QWERTY-keyboard equipped phone. The company writes:
What’s up at Nokia?
You won’t have to wait long to find out.
On Wednesday morning at 7am GMT we will be announcing something new, followed by a Q&A session with Neil Broadley from our Mobile Phones team and a special guest.
But before you get too excited, this is reportedly
a Windows Phone, but rather the Asha 205/210. Nokia is also expected to possibly announce the Asha 501 at the event. Much of
the Asha family
already comes with QWERTY keyboards -- namely the Asha 200, 201, 302, and 303. But this appears to be the first Asha phone to borrow the Lumia line's iconic colorful one-piece polycarbonate body-style.
The new Asha phone(s) looks to offer a budget alternative to BlackBerry Ltd.'s (
. However, the Asha phones are rumored not to even have 3G support.
Windows Phone fans still have something to look forward to:
Windows Phone Blue is fast approaching
, and in the meantime Nokia is rumored to be preparing to launch a trio of Windows Phones. Those phones reportedly will include an upgraded version of the flagship Lumia 920, a larger phablet-style device, and the
long-awaited Windows Phone variant
41-megapixel PureView shooter
"There is a single light of science, and to brighten it anywhere is to brighten it everywhere." -- Isaac Asimov
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