Nokia announces fresh-looking QWERTY phone with the world’s first dedicated WhatsApp button
The brand new Nokia Asha 210 offers a smarter way to get social. The QWERTY keyboard, WiFi and a dedicated WhatsApp button mean that access to chat is lightning-fast. Not just a socialite, this phone is also a looker, with a distinctive Nokia design and bold colours.
Your questions answered
We hosted a live Q&A with Neeraj Arora from WhatsApp and Neil Broadley from Nokia’s Mobile Phones team to allow people to ask their questions about the Nokia Asha 210. You can read a transcript of that session here.
System: GSM/EDGE 900/1800 (Single and Dual SIM), 850/1900 (Single SIM only)
User Interface: Series 40
Dimensions: 111.5 x 60 x 11.8 mm
Weight: 97.3 g
Display: 2.4-inch QVGA (320×240), up to 65k colors
Memory: Up to 64MB, support for up to 32GB microSD card
Connectivity: WiFi, EGPRS multislot class 32; Bluetooth 2.1 with EDR; MicroUSB
All the details
The great quality keyboard will be a favourite with text addicts. As well as WhatsApp, the phone comes with Facebook, Twitter and support for email accounts, so you’ll never be more than a few moments away from status updates, chat and messages.
The Asha 210 is fully equipped for capturing and sharing great photographs. There’s a 2-megapixel camera on the back that can be activated using a dedicated button on the front. This works even when the phone is locked, so you’ll never miss a shot.
The camera comes with smart imaging software that boasts the latest talents. The self-portrait feature gives you voice-guidance on where to point to make sure your face is in the frame. And once you’ve taken your shot, you can edit images directly in the camera app. Then, of course, you can share them using your social networks or the innovative Nokia Slam technology, which allows sharing over Bluetooth, without pairing the devices.
The smarter Internet experience on the Asha 210 means that when you’re not on WiFi, the phone goes easy on your data plan. The Nokia Xpress Browser uses cloud-based technology to reduce data consumption by up to 90 per cent. You’ll also find the Nokia Nearby web app to help you discover local sights, restaurants and other points of interest.
It comes in Single and Dual-SIM variants, with Nokia’s Easy-Swap technology to allow you to change SIM cards on the go. You don’t even have to switch the phone off to change the SIM in the slot on the side.
Like every Nokia Asha, the Asha 210 offers an astonishing battery life. You’ll get up to 46 days standby with the Single SIM model; up to 24 days with Dual SIM.
The Nokia Asha 210 will be available in yellow, cyan, black, magenta and white. Before taxes or any operator subsidies, it is expected to be priced at around USD 72 and will go on sale in the second quarter of 2013.