The Nokia Asha 210 – budget messaging phone – coming soon

As has been rumoured for a couple of days now Nokia has unveiled a new phone with an integrated QWERTY keyboard targeted at users who spend a lot of time texting or messaging. The Nokia Asha 210 won’t trouble smartphone buyers too much but this phone is aimed squarely at those for whom messaging if their number one reason to own a handset. I guess it will also play well in developing countries where Nokia is currently doing very well.

It also sports a dedicated WhatsApp instant messaging service button. This integrates with the 210’s phone book user can chat right from the phone’s address book.

Key features include a 2.4-inch QVGA (320×240) display, 64Mb of memory, a two mega pixel camera and from the box support for Facebook and Twitter. Also included is the Nokia Xpress Browser which uses cloud-based technology to reduce web pages by up to 90 per cent of their size thereby keeping data usage low.

In keeping with the Asha range the handset has a very long battery life of 46 days standby with the Single SIM model; up to 24 days with Dual SIM. It will be available in yellow, cyan, black, magenta and white and is expected to be priced at around £50 when it goes on sale in the second quarter of 2013.

Ashley Norris