Nokia teased those interested in a physical QWERTY the other day and promised they’ll show the world their latest handset today. Well, it’s the S40 Asha 210. A lightweight entry-level phone that has a full QWERTY keyboard and a dedicated WhatsApp button. The 210 is targeting the uber cost conscious crowd and has priced this at a measly $72 USD outright, aiming “to go on sale in the second quarter of 2013.” No word if this will be coming to Canada – probably not – and will most likely end up in Africa, Europe and the Middle East.
As for specs, the Asha 210 has a physical QWERTY keyboard, a 2.4-inch QVGA display (320×240 resolution and 169ppi), 2MP camera and no front-facing camera, “offers an astonishing battery life” that will garner you “up to 46 days standby with the Single SIM model; up to 24 days with Dual SIM.” The Asha 210 weighs 99.5 grams and will be available in yellow, cyan, black, magenta, white.
The highlights of the 210, apart from the physical keyboard, is the dedicated WhatsApp button for quick access to your conversations. This might take away some loyal BlackBerry Messenger (BBM) users who are looking for another option. Not the biggest deal dealbreaker, but WhatsApp has also promised that they’ll waive the $0.99 yearly subscription fee for the Nokia Asha 210 user.