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[UPDATE] First Look: Nokia Asha 210

Said to be the worlds first phone to have a dedicated WhatsApp button, one can’t help but sigh after spending an entire weekend launching the worlds best smartphone, the S4.

Not to overcrowd the entry Asha range, I will not mention the Galaxy S4 in this post ever again.

Despite a system crash with the online streaming service Nokia planned, the Asha 210 was worth pausing your life for 60 min. By now, we all know the Asha range specialises in keep those in touch and connected at a fraction of the price. Then there are those Asha’s that are made for gaming and social networks, and now this, the Asha 210 which by the look of things is made for WhatsApp and other Social capabilities.

The Asha 210 has a QWERTY keyboard and that dedicated WhatsApp button for ‘fast access to instant messaging’ nokia says. And with this, WhatsApp will be offering their services for free on the Asha 210 device. No yearly or monthly subscriptions. Nada!

The 210 also sports with Facebook, Twitter and support for email clients sucj as Gmail. Featuring a 2MP camera easily accessable by a dedicated hard key even when the keypad is locked. Tricky for those pocket texts huh?

Other features on the Noka Asha 210 include:

• Wifi On/Off control button.
• Available in single SIM and dual-SIM.
• Chat screen notifications.
• YouTube launcher for direct video streaming.
• Up to 46 days of battery life on the Single-SIM and 24 days on the dual-SIM device.

The Asha 210 is available in yellow, cyan, black, magenta, and white. Its expected to hit SA shores in the 2nd Quarter with a RRP of +/-R700

Update: Following Nokia’s event, The Nokia Asha 210 is expected to be available at an estimated retail price of R999 in a range of colours including white, black, yellow, cyan and magenta

Papi Mabele
Tech enthusiast at heart. Lover of all things digital. Papi is the founder of SA Vibe and has been sharing his love for gadgetry since 2010. Papi sees no need for wearable tech in his busy schedule and considers the Xbox One as non existant. He may come across as bias at times, and still holds a grudge at BlackBerry for creating the 8520.