HMD recently got the rights to use the Asha trademark, so we expected them to release a new Nokia Asha with full portrait layout QWERTY keyboard.
However, it appears that Jio will beat them to it, they have just announced a new JioPhone 2 which looks just like an Asha. This new JioPhone will also run KaiOS, which I expect would have been HMD's preference for the Asha too.
Will HMD still release a new Nokia Asha? Personally I hope they do.
Yes, for sure, something like the Nokia Asha 302. Although you have to ask yourself what you can do now years later with the new version based on KaiOS, that you couldn't do something like 5 years before with S40 (Or maybe even the more advanced Asha OS in phones like the Asha 503).
Yes, of course KaiOS is more advanced than S40,which was based on Java. But just imagine, Microsoft wouldn't have discontinued it, all this could have been implemented. Or just imagine the Asha OS would have been further developed. It was great, just the hardware were bad. I have read somewhere, the processor just had something like 533 Mhz. But these are dreams now, let's hope now that KaiOS get regularly updates.
Pardon, I forgot, the processor of the Asha 503.
Yes, I had it too, and the Asha 503. Especially the idea with the fastlane was great. Other developers copied it later, for instance Blackberry with his Hub in BBOS10.