Budget-friendly Nokia Asha 210 announced with QWERTY keyboard

Nokia has been building speculation around its latest feature phone recently and released an official teaser on Monday showing a handset similar to the Asha 205 but with what looked like a QWERTY keyboard.

It has now been identified as the Nokia Asha 210 (available in Single or Easy Swap Dual-SIM variants): the most social Asha yet, which has been designed to offer consumers more social experiences at an affordable price. It supports Wi-Fi to help people enjoy more of the internet for less and is the world’s first phone to have a dedicated WhatsApp button, which in-turn provides the service  free of charge (usually a minimum of $0.99 USD to download).

Other key social features:

– Social phonebook integration with the ability to launch WhatsApp direct from contact cards in the Phonebook
– Preloaded YouTube launcher for direct video streaming
– Chat screen notifications that keep users up-to-date on new conversations
– Nokia’s renowned long battery life: up to 46 days with Single-SIM and up to 24 days with Dual-SIM

The Nokia Asha 210 is available in yellow, cyan, black, magenta, and white. The estimated retail price  is around 72 USD (SIM-free and excluding taxes) and it is expected to start shipping in the second quarter of 2013.

Find out about all the features (hands-on) here.

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