At the end of the Nokia announcements there was a short Q&A where one of the questions happened to be about hardware qwerty phones. We have on a previous Elop interview just couple of months ago heard about Elop himself saying he is personally fan of qwerty phones and Nokia is looking at the qwerty space if there’s demand for it.
This time though the answer was much more straightforward. According to Elop the trend of qwerty phones is going down and he reminded that Nokia has for years been the largest manufacturer of qwerty phones. Declining trend goes for high end models, but this has just recently also escalated in countries like Indonesia that are big on low end qwerty phones. According to Elop there’s no plans for qwerty phone as of now.
So don’t expect qwerty phone from Nokia in 2013 for the very least.