Check out the first of the four new phones that have just been formally announced at Nokia World 2011.
Nokia Asha 200 with suggested retail price of only 60 Euros or around Php 3,600 before taxes and subsidies is officially the most affordable thumb-type QWERTY handset from Nokia ever.
It appears to run an updated version of the S40 operating system, replete with Nokia's trademark Squarecle icons.
To those who are wondering: Yes, Nokia has started to implement an all-new nomenclature or naming system for their handsets. From having only 3-digit number names (e.g. Nokia 700, Nokia 701), Nokia is now using female names plus 3-digit numbers for its new phones.
Nokia Asha 200 flaunts a full focus camera with no LED flash at the back and a rather big loud speaker.
Asha is an Indian word, which means Hope.
I'll update this post as soon as I get more information on this freshly unveiled feature phone.
Update as of 5:18PM --
We now have the official photos of Nokia Asha 200:
Nokia Asha 200 is a fun and colorful Dual SIM Dual Standby QWERTY phone designed to meet the needs of young consumers who want to constantly stay in touch. Nokia Asha 200 features integrated social networking, email and IM. Nokia Asha 200 also makes it possible to carry thousands of songs wherever you go with support for 32 GB memory cards and providing enough battery for up to a staggering 52-hour music playback time!
Off hand, I think this phone will sell like hotcakes in the Philippines -- just like it's older sister, the Nokia C3.