Microsoft is reportedly set to continue the Nokia Asha feature phones series after it acquires the company’s mobile division later this year, and today we got a look at what may be the first Asha handset released under the Windows umbrella. Evleaks tweeted a press photo of the Asha 500 this morning.
The photo doesn’t reveal much, but shows a small and boxy touchscreen handset running Asha’s limited S40 operating system. The handset clearly comes with a rear camera, but may not offer a secondary shooter. The photo also shows the phone running popular messaging service Whatsapp, which Asha previously supported, even releasing one handset with a button dedicated to launching the app.
Microsoft has confirmed that while the Lumia line will be rebranded into a unified Windows Phone platform combining hardware and software into a single package, the Nokia Asha series will remain as a sort “on ramp” to its own smartphone OS. We expect Microsoft to make at least some minor changes to the Asha software though, likely incorporating some of its own features from the Windows Phone OS.
Nokia Asha 500, 2013 pic.twitter.com/cjYQp4HchI
— @evleaks (@evleaks) September 20, 2013