Nokia lifts lid on Asha 210, with dedicated WhatsApp key

Nokia aren’t just focusing on the Lumia range of Windows Phone handsets. They still produce slightly less smart-smartphones for the more budget conscious consumer. So today, the company has decided to lift the lid on its latest handset; the Asha 210.

  • 2.4-inch QVGA landscape LCD display
  • Up to 10MB free user memory; up to 32GB micro-SD card
  • GSM 850/900/1800/1900,GPRS/EDGE, Bluetooth v2.1 with EDR
  • 2MP rear camera @ 1600 x 1200 pixels
  • WhatsApp Button and Nokia Slam
  • Series 40 Asha UI
  • 111.5 x 60 x 11.8mm, 99.5g (including battery)
  • 46 days standby, 12 hours (2G) talk-time; Dual-SIM 23 days standby
  • 40 hours continuous music playback

Also included, is a voice controlled assistant for self portraits to compensate for the lack of front facing camera. There's also plenty of colors to choose from with the phone coming in yellow, cyan, black, magenta and white.

A dual-SIM edition of the phone will be available. Making use of Nokia’s unique Easy Swap technology, you can swap one of the SIMs, through a slot on the side, without having to power the phone off. The phone also remembers the settings for up to five different SIM cards.

With the budget conscious in mind, the Asha 210 will be available in the coming weeks, without any operator subsidies and local taxes, costing around $72.

Source: Electronista via Nokia

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This would be perfect for my friend who still uses a dumbphone, but doesn't really care about using a smartphone. Will this work on AT&T? Where can I buy this?

I think the phone looks very nice for what it is: basically a feature phone. I wish they had devices like this back when I got my first cell phone!

This phone includes lifelong subscription to WhatsApp. WhatsApp button is for Asia-Pacific, Middle East and Africa while Europe & South America will have a Facebook button like on Asha 205.

These will sell like crazy in the developing countries. People there aren't looking for specs, they are looking for stuff like loooong battery life (because there's not a power plug in every corner), durability, a flashlight and so on.

I'm not the only one who thought the side shot made it look like a brick before realizing it's not a 4"+ monster, am I? My sense of scale is all out of whack..

68k said,
Notice they're all Middle Eastern names in the contact list pictured above?

They are Indian names .. not middle east. Also Asha means Hope in Sanskrit.

Nokia is a Finnish company. I was expecting to see Finish names. Aren't there software engineers in Finland? Or did they have to outsource them from India? Or is there cheap-labor going on at Nokia too? Take a look at the Adobe Acrobat Reader credits. American software company? I don't think so. This is sad, in the perspective of 1000s of new computer science graduates coming out of universities in the US each year.

68k said,
Nokia is a Finnish company. I was expecting to see Finish names. Aren't there software engineers in Finland? Or did they have to outsource them from India? Or is there cheap-labor going on at Nokia too? Take a look at the Adobe Acrobat Reader credits. American software company? I don't think so.

It is targeted for Indian Market.

68k said,
Nokia is a Finnish company. I was expecting to see Finish names. Aren't there software engineers in Finland? Or did they have to outsource them from India? Or is there cheap-labor going on at Nokia too? Take a look at the Adobe Acrobat Reader credits. American software company? I don't think so. This is sad, in the perspective of 1000s of new computer science graduates coming out of universities in the US each year.

Indian Engineers arent cheap, they are one of the best. Cant blame big software companies for that.

I am not writing from an engineering/knowledge/experience point of view, but from an economical one. So it's okay for all those Indian engineers to be put above US computer science graduates? This action is not sustainable from an economy point of view. Unemployment will go up. US graduates can also become one of the best with experience. We all have the same potential.

Another thing about Indians (and many other nationalities, including Middle Eastern) is their pride. When they get into executive positions, their own people will come first (above US citizens). Is that fair? No. Once again, such action increasing every year will have effects on the economy.

I personally am happy to hire a mix of individuals. But I would be upset if I could not get into a certain position because of my race. It happens.

Neobond said,
At $72 I doubt anyone will be crying into their cornflakes if that happened.

true that ..... I was almost sold on this phone when I heard there is no 3G!

Mohitster said,

true that ..... I was almost sold on this phone when I heard there is no 3G!

Good point, I added this in the specs bit.

Neobond said,

Good point, I added this in the specs bit.

You might also want to correct the talk time which is only 12 hrs. Music playback is 40 hrs.