Nokia E72 and full-touch 5530 XpressMusic go live
Three new handsets were announced at the Nokia Connection event held in Singapore today. The full QWERTY Nokia E72 comes to succeed the extremely popular E71, while the touch-operated Nokia 5530 XpressMusic introduces a more compact version of the 5800 XpressMusic S60 5th edition pioneer. The third offering for today is the mid-range Nokia 3710 fold that has an affordable price tag and a stylish design as some of its main virtues.
Nokia 5530 XpressMusic
The full-touch Nokia 5530 XpressMusic will be the third S60 5th edition handset for the company, following the 5800 XpressMusic and Nokia N97. The two are easily among the most popular devices in our database and we suppose that Nokia 5530 will follow suit.
The Nokia 5530 XpressMusic sports a 2.9" 16M color display with a resolution of 640 x 360 pixels. A 3.2 megapixel camera with LED flash, accelerometer sensor and proximity sensor are some its other highlight features.
Nokia 5530 XpressMusic official ad:
True to its XpressMusic nature, the Nokia 5530 also sports stereo speakers and a 3.5mm standard audio jack. There will also be WLAN on board the 5530 but unlike the other two touch-enabled Nokia phones there's no GPS - an obvious move to bring the price tag down.
Another missing feature is UMTS/HSDPA support, which quite obviously puts it into a lower market segment.
Nokia 5530 XpressMusic official hands-on demo video:
Nokia 5530 XpressMusic will start shipping in five different color versions in Q3 2009 each with a 4GB microSD card in the box. Its expected price is only 199 euro before subsides and taxes, which easily suits the hardware equipment.
The Nokia E72 extends the functionality of its forerunner with a 5 megapixel camera, HSUPA (up to 2Mbps) and faster HSDPA (Up to 10Mbps). The UMTS support has upgraded and now the E72 will come with two tri-band versions (850/1900/2100 Mhz and 900/1900/2100 Mhz). The best part is that the Nokia E72 has managed to maintain the slim 10mm waistline of its predecessor, despite the added goodies.
Among the other goodies on board the new Nokia E72 is the new optical Navi key, which serves as an optical trackpad for going through menus and applications and the electronic compass that enhances the GPS navigation experience.
The rest of the Nokia E72 features are pretty much on par with the E71 - S60 3rd edition UI, a 2.4" QVGA landscape screen, microSD card slot and FM radio. On the connectivity end we've got WLAN, A-GPS, FM radio and quad-band GSM. There's also a 3.5mm standard audio jack, Bluetooh and USB onboard.
Nokia E72 official hands-on demo video:
The Nokia E72 is expected to begin shipping late in the third quarter of 2009. It will be available in Zodium Black, Metal Grey and Topaz Brown. It expected price tag is 350 euro before subsidies and taxes with a 4GB microSD card in the box and a lifetime license for Nokia messaging.
Nokia 3710 fold
Finally we come to the Nokia 3710 fold. Reminiscent of Nokia 6600 fold, this compact clamshell runs on the usual Nokia S40 UI, but is taunted as the phone that pioneers a new more intuitive remake of the UI - a definitely welcome and much needed boost to usability.
The new S40 user interface will find its place on future Nokia feature phones as well. The menus are said to be more simple and intuitive and there's a new nicer Photo gallery. That definitely sound nice however if they asked us we would have also gone for Smart dialing and an office document viewer just to keep in line with what the competition already offers.
The Nokia 3710 fold has a 2.2-inch 16M color QVGA display, a 3 megapixel auto focus camera and a GPS receiver with Nokia Maps.
A microUSB port, a microSD card, stereo Bluetooth, a 2.5mm audio jack plus quad-band GSM/EDGE support and tri-band UMTS support complete the feature list of the Nokia 3710 fold.
The new Nokia 3710 fold is expected to start shipping in Q4 2009 in Pink, Plum and Black with a price tag of 140 euro before subsidies and taxes.