Nokia teases with keys-es
The Finnish phone cobblers have released a mysterious teaser image which shows what appears to be a phone with bright Lumia-style colours but Asha-style keys.
The teaser reveals rounded corners for the prospective device, showing a Z key and contoured Shift key.
The phone is decked out in the vibrant primary signature colours of Nokia’s Windows Phone-powered Lumia smart phone range, but it’s doubtful that there’ll be a Qwerty Lumia.
Chances are then that this will be a Nok feature phone, and possibly an Asha mobile.
Asha phones are Nokia’s wallet-friendly feature phones, which now feature basic apps but lack the power and features of a smart phone. They’re aimed largely at developing markets and their low-cost pay as you go customers.
Qwerty keyboards have mostly disappeared from smart phones as touchscreens become ubiquitous in our post-iPhone world.
Even BlackBerry is drifting away from its signature clicky keyboard, promoting the all-touchshcreen BlackBerry Z10 ahead of the forthcoming, keyboard-packing BlackBerry Q10.