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Nokia set to unveil new smartphone with QWERTY keyboard

Ross Catanzariti | April 23, 2013
Nokia is planning to unveil new smartphone with QWERTY keyboard

Nokia is planning to unveil a new smartphone with a physical, QWERTY keyboard, it has been revealed.

According to a post on the company's blog overnight, Nokia will be "announcing something new" on Wednesday morning UK time, which translates to 5pm AEST time.

A post by Nokia's editor of Conversations blog, Ian Delaney, confirms the news. The image posted with the blog appears to show the corner of a yellow QWERTY keyboard device.

The blog post doesn't specify exactly what new product being released, however.

On Wednesday morning at 7am GMT (8am UK time) we will be announcing something new, followed by a Q&A session with Neil Broadley from our Mobile Phones team and a special guest.

The as yet unreleased device is expected to be a low-cost Asha phone running Nokia's OS Series 40.

Nokia has previously released five Asha devices with QWERTY keyboards, mainly for emerging markets.

In the last quarter of 2012, Nokia sold more 9.3 million Asha handsets worldwide, more than double the 4.4 million Windows Phone Lumia smartphones shipped during the same period.

 

 

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