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Nokia eyes Blackberry with upcoming QWERTY phone launch

Teases phone announcement Wednesday
Mon Apr 22 2013, 15:28
Nokia QWERTY Asha phone

FINNISH PHONE MAKER Nokia has revealed that it's planning to launch a handset on Wednesday that could be a competitor to the Blackberry Q10.

On its Conversations blog, Nokia cryptically teased that it will be announcing a new smartphone at 7am BST on Wednesday. However, the Finns also released an image, supposedly of the phone it's going to announce, revealing that it will come with a QWERTY keyboard.

Apart from the fact that it will come in yellow, that's pretty much all we know about Nokia's mystery handset. However, we don't like surprises, so we've tried to do some investigating.

We've ruled out the fact that it will be a Windows Phone device, for starters, as Nokia said that the announcement will feature a Q&A session with Neil Broadley from its mobile phones team rather than its Lumia team. That seems to indicate that, despite the handset's Lumia-esque casing, it's likely to launch as the latest addition to Nokia's Asha lineup.

From this, we've decided that it will be cheap. Nokia's Asha smartphones are typically aimed at those on a budget, and we're assuming this QWERTY keyboard phone will do the same. We're not confident enough to guess its price yet, but we're assuming that it will be less than £200.

We quickly ran out of ideas, so we asked Nokia to tell us what it has got up its sleeve, but it couldn't comment. Instead, a spokesperson told us, "There's no event or live steam going on, just an announcement on Nokia conversations."

While this doesn't seem to give us much information at all, it does seem to add weight to our argument that this won't be a high-end smartphone, and that it's unlikely to run Windows Phone 8.

Check back with us on Wednesday for all the latest from Nokia's announcement. µ

 

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