Nokia has just announced plans to introduce later this year a Bluetooth Keyboard for Series 60 smartphones.
The Nokia Wireless Keyboard has been designed for heavy use of text-based applications and includes a full QWERTY keyboard, four directional arrow keys, and short-cut keys to speed up access to the messaging applications, including SMS, email and more. Of course it will support third party applications.
At this point, it is not clear exactly which smartphones this keyboard will be compatible with. Nokia says it will work with “compatible phones based on the Series 60 platform,” and lists only some smartphones it has introduced recently. It is possible this accessory can’t be used with all Bluetooth-enabled Series 60 models.
The Nokia Wireless Keyboard will be 2.2 inches wide, 3.4 inches tall, and .75 inches thick (13.3 by 8.7 by 1.9 cm) when folded. It will open up to 10.3 inches wide, 3.4 inches tall, and .5 inches thick (26.2 by 8.7 by 1.3 cm). It will weigh 6.7 ounces (190 grams).
This keyboard will run on two AAA batteries, and Nokia says it will last for up to 50 hours.
It will be available in English and German/Scandinavian keyboard layouts and will have support for English, Dutch, German, French, Italian, Spanish, Portuguese, Finnish, Swedish, Norwegian and Danish.
The Nokia Wireless Keyboard is expected to be available in the European, Asia-Pacific, and Americas markets during the fourth quarter of this year at approximately 135 Euros ($165).