QWERTY Nokia Asha 210 with WhatsApp integration announced, Nokia 105 starts shipping in China
Nokia mobile phone unit, a bright spot through most of 2012, didn’t do well in Q1. With no new interesting and cheap models to speak off, overall unit sales dropped 30% and their pretend Asha smartphones declined even more.
But Nokia execs promised a mobile phone sales rebound soon, and now we get the first glimpse at the devices that should produce it.
Today Nokia announced an update to their QWERTY Asha 205 – Nokia Asha 210. It continues the adoption of new Nokia design language across the low end portfolio and gets a better 2 megapixel camera, plus Wi-Fi connectivity to the messaging device.
In addition to the integrated Xpress browser, Twitter and Facebook apps, Nokia Asha 210 also has a dedicated WhatsApp button for all you messaging addicts.
The new Asha 210 will cost $72 before taxes and subsidies, will come in single and dual-SIM versions, and will ship sometime this quarter.
Today the Finnish company also started shipping their uber cheap Nokia 105 handset, which made so many waves at Mobile World Congress. The cheapest Nokia phone is now available in China with a model number 1050, for 162 yuan ($26). Which is a bit more than $15 recommended retail price promised at launch, but it does include local taxes, so no complaints here.
At this low price Nokia 105 will obviously be a high volume device, so it should help them regain some of the ground lost in Q1. At $72 Asha also looks promising, though whether it will be enough to compete with cheap Androids that decimated Nokia feature phone sales in Q1, remains to be seen.