Nokia got this week started by posting a teaser image to its blog, along with the news that it would have a new phone to announce this Wednesday morning. That’s what it had to share up above there, and as you can see, we can make out the very edge of what appears to be a QWERTY keyboard, with a portion of the Z and shift keys showing. QWERTY has been laying low since the introduction of Windows Phone 8, so could Nokia be planning a new WP8 handset that would mark the feature’s grand return? Don’t bet on it.
Well, why not, and if not Windows Phone, then what? Nokia says that the announcement will be followed up by a question-and-answer session with the company’s Neil Broadley. Broadley is a name we’ve heard from in the past, but he’s usually talking about the company’s feature phones. In fact, Nokia’s own blog has described him as “a mobile guru when it comes to Asha and mobile phones.” The smart money says that this new QWERTY phone will be another Asha model.
So, sorry if you got your hopes up. There are still plenty of upcoming Windows Phone models on the horizon, but we’re looking to things like PureView cameras and metal bodies from them, not hardware keyboards.