Nokia launches Asha 210 - the Whatsapp phone

Nokia launches Asha 210 - the Whatsapp phoneFacebook Phone? That's yesterday's news. Whatsapp is where the action is these days, and Nokia has gone all-in with the Asha 210, a cut-price QWERTY contender with a dedicated Whatsapp hardware button right there on the phone itself.

Yes, it's the Whatsapp Phone.

Actually it's just a basic feature phone with a shortcut button on the front and a free lifetime subscription to Whatsapp – a privilege that saves you a grand total of $1 per year. Based on the standard 1-to-2 year timespan most people keep their phones for, that'll save you a grand total of... well, next to bugger all, but it's the thought that counts.

Nokia claims the Series 40-based Asha 210 is “the most social Asha yet”, and aside from hardwired Whatsapp access you're also just a hop, skip and jump away from Facebook and Twitter at all times too.

Design-wise it's the very definition of cheap and cheerful, delivering – the press release tells us – “a distinctive Nokia design and bold colours”.

The display is understandably small given the full keyboard, though the 2.4in QVGA panel leaves plenty of untouched bezel real estate around it.

You're limited to a just a 2-megapixel camera (more poor view than PureView here, it seems) and you'll also have to get by without 3G.

The upside of those sacrifices on the spec front are a 46-day battery life (or 24 days if you go for the dual-SIM version) and a super-low $72 (£50-ish) pre-taxes price tag.

If that kind of low-rent mobile proposition floats your boat you'll be able to pick up the QWERTY-tastic Nokia Asha 210 sometime in June.

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B1zarr0Prim3  Apr. 24, 2013 at 14:57

Really? This was what all the fuss(?) was about?

Stelph  Apr. 24, 2013 at 15:37

Thats kind of nice, whatsapp is really the direction that mobile communication is going now tbh, an app that supports all OS's and allows you to communicate via data

On the downside mobile networks (other than 3) will absolutely hate it as its another step down the data pipe route for them

BEEPBEEP123  Apr. 24, 2013 at 18:22

What's next? A Candy Crush Saga phone?!

matt101101 / MOD  Apr. 24, 2013 at 19:40

Thats kind of nice, whatsapp is really the direction that mobile communication is going now tbh, an app that supports all OS's and allows you to communicate via data

On the downside mobile networks (other than 3) will absolutely hate it as its another step down the data pipe route for them

I agree, there seems little reason to use comparatively unreliable texts when you can use a service like whatsapp, or even FB messenger. They both use a tiny amount of data, allow media to be transferred for free and the messages don't randomly get delivered hours late like texts sometimes do.

shuwaz  Apr. 24, 2013 at 22:16

Maybe this is a chance for Sega to make a comeback with the... SEGAPHONE!

JanSt / MOD  Apr. 25, 2013 at 07:56

Confused me - a number of usually knowledgable twit-dudes said this is "developing world" only. No EU/US launch planned?!? Have I been conned?

Anyhoo - not to bad at the right price. Not that I would ever use Whatsapp after what emerged in January ;)

Stelph  Apr. 25, 2013 at 09:34

Anyhoo - not to bad at the right price. Not that I would ever use Whatsapp after what emerged in January ;)

What emerged in january?

JanSt / MOD  Apr. 25, 2013 at 11:25

Stelph  Apr. 25, 2013 at 13:13

Doesnt affect iOS6.......... SAFE! :)

JanSt / MOD  Apr. 25, 2013 at 13:44

Doesnt affect iOS6.......... SAFE! :)

It's the attitude... They weren't all that cooperative, initially and post-initially, afaik...

corgi74  Apr. 25, 2013 at 13:46

In the developing world most people still have to pay for individual texts whereas in the developed world we get bundles or unlimited.
Whatsapp is HUGE in place like Africa as it's the cheapest way to text.
Very smart move by Nokia

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