Nokia: little chance of a QWERTY Lumia

Nokia: little chance of a QWERTY LumiaBlackBerry made a point of keeping its old-school QWERTY fans onside by announcing the keyboard-equipped Q10 alongside the all-touch Z10 at the BlackBerry 10 launch a couple of weeks ago.

Former business phone rival Nokia, however, feels differently and has all but ruled out the possibility of a QWERTY Lumia Windows Phone ever seeing the light of day.

Nokia Germany product manager David Akinjise told WMPowerUser that the level of demand simply didn't make it worthwhile.

“Nokia concentrates on the consumers’ demand and QWERTY models are not being requested that much,” Akinjise said. “It is no secret that touch-only devices are actually the most wanted devices, and Nokia wants to focus on the customers’ desires.”

Back in the Symbian days, Nokia produced a diverse line of QWERTY devices, from candybar-style handsets in the BlackBerry mould to slide-out QWERTY handsets such as the Nokia E7 (pictured above), one of the last high-end Symbian Nokias to emerge before the company decided to switch to Windows Phone.

Microsoft boss Steve Ballmer hinted ahead of the launch of the first Lumia phones in 2011 that part of the appeal of working with Nokia was the product diversity the Finns brought to the table. 18 months or so later, it seems that diversity has evaporated somewhat.

Nokia has followed up Akinjise's comments by stressing that he was simply talking about where the company saw most demand, and wasn't officially ruling out a QWERTY Lumia altogether.

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JanSt / MOD  Feb. 17, 2013 at 13:26

Seeing how WP devices apparently need to be really, really big and chunky, imagine a WP device by Nokia with a slide out QWERTY... It'd be 30mm thick and 80 wide for a 3-inch screener :p

Pondlife  Feb. 17, 2013 at 16:04

Nokia concentrates on the consumers’ demand

Hahahahahahahaha

JanSt / MOD  Feb. 17, 2013 at 16:06

Nokia concentrates on the consumers’ demand

Hahahahahahahaha


They didn't say "end-consumer" ;)
They meant Ballmer :p

Pondlife  Feb. 18, 2013 at 22:01

Great to have this in related news section
http://www.mobot.net/nokia-poll-50-favour-qwerty-46171
Yep no interest in them...

JanSt / MOD  Feb. 18, 2013 at 23:22

Nice one, pondi :p
Though, a lot of those polled are probably old skool Symbiants...
Judging by Android's sparse QWERTY output, and RIM's decision to break with tradition and start the rejuvenation process with only an all-touch Z10 ... well, I guess they have their minds made up. A bit of research, and the desire to save on production and warranty repair costs.

Pondlife  Feb. 19, 2013 at 13:32

Isn't it those old schoolers that they need to convince to move to wp though, well those and pretty much anyone, pretty please....

JanSt / MOD  Feb. 19, 2013 at 14:31

By the by... Bill Gates on Charlie Rose: "our mobile strategy haas been failing" - or something along those lines. (I lipread when he talks. His voice creeps me out)

Pondlife  Feb. 19, 2013 at 16:55

has been?

JanSt / MOD  Feb. 19, 2013 at 16:57

Probably... I'm sure a WP fan will eventually correct my slanderous version of the quote

Pondlife  Feb. 19, 2013 at 17:04

think he must have meant is

JanSt / MOD  Feb. 19, 2013 at 17:13

He said that afaik... "cannot succeed in future" etc

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