The days of QWERTY smartphones are not numbered as some may have led us to believe, amid reports that Nokia is set to unveil a new keyboard-equipped kit this Wednesday.
In a post on the Nokia Conversations blog, the Finnish phone-maker has teased what could be the first QWERTY smartphone in its Windows Phone-powered Lumia family.
The post said: “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 real clue, though, is in the accompanying close-up shot of a handset that clearly features physical buttons, including the function key that’s become a regular fixture of Nokia’s QWERTY mobiles line.
The phone is also very evidently yellow, which probably suggests it is part of the Lumia range that’s earned plaudits in tech circles for its vibrant colourways.
Assuming we’ve got the conjecture spot on, Nokia handset will go head to head with the hotly anticipated BlackBerry Q10, which drops next week.
Together, the Nokia and BlackBerry’s efforts could be make or break for QWERTY mobile phones, with touchscreens now the dominant form factor for the vast majority of smartphones.
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