The major chunk of the sales of Nokia comes from sale of feature phones and the Asha range of smartphones cum feature phones is the one bringing the Finnish mobile manufacturer the bulk of its sales. And to further strengthen its Asha lineup, the company has just launched a budget QWERTY feature phone, the Asha 210 which is the world’s first Whatsapp dedicated smartphone and the owners of this smartphone will get the popular messenger free of charge.
It gets a Whatsapp dedicated button as well and the design and colour philosophy of the device borrows cues from the Lumia range of smartphones. It is being promoted as a youth centric phone. Today’s youth is constantly texting and this one is for them who love texting, using Whatsapp all the time but are on a budget. The feature phone will come in Yellow, Blue, Magenta, Black and White colour options to help you choose one as per your liking.
It gets a 2 megapixel camera at the rear and the phone will be made available in single as well as dual sim options like other Asha phones. The device gets Bluetooth and Wi-Fi for connectivity but misses out on 3G connectivity. Seeing the fact that 3G is not really popular in India, you would not really miss it. On top of the well spaced QWERTY keyboard is a 2.4 inch screen which has a resolution of 320×240 pixels. The device looks a good package overall.
The internal memory of the phone stands at 64MB with the option of the memory being available for expansion by 32GB being present as well. The single sim unit promises a stand by time of 46 days and the dual sim version promises a stand by time of 24 days. The talktime of the device has been rated at 2 hours on 2G network. It has been launched for a price of $72 and will be available in second quarter of 2013. We expect it to reach India at a price of around Rs.3,800 which would make it an excellent buy.