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Nokia Unveils Smart, Affordable New Touchscreen Handset

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Nokia Unveils Smart, Affordable New Touchscreen Handset

Can Nokia's latest affordable touchscreen handset match the success of the 5800 XpressMusic?

The less glamorously named 'Nokia 5230' (if the Finns' phone names can ever be described as glamorous?) is set this challenge, but it is one it may just reach. Basic functionality, practicality and affordability are the orders of the day along with a nice touch of style.

Looking rather like an N97 with the keyboard cut off (no bad thing), the 5230 sports a 3.2in resistive touchscreen display with tasty 640 x 360 pixel native resolution, 3.6Mbit HSDPA, GPS and Bluetooth 2.0 with A2DP and EDR (but no WiFi). There's a 2MP digital camera with VGA 30fps video recording, an accelerometer, 16GB compatible microSD slot (just 70MB onboard) and 3.5mm headphone jack.

Oozing typical Nokia practicality is excellent battery life which offers up to 33 hours of music playback, seven hours of talk time and 19 days on standby. Ovi store functionality is also built in and at just 111 x 52 x 16mm and 113g it shows how light the N97 could've been (as, in fact, I predicted). Given all this, perhaps is particularly impressive at a mere149 euros (£130) sim free, while a 259 euro (£225) version is available with Comes With Music.

The 5230 launches in Q4 and after going hand in hand with Nokia's impressive Booklet 3G debut netbook entry this week, you have to wonder if the company will have anything exciting left for next week's Nokia World conference?! Probably the N900 in an official capacity...

Link:

Nokia 5230 Product Page

Go to comments

sockatume

August 25, 2009, 8:28 pm

I know El Reg are calling it a baby N97, but isn't it much more like a 5800 with slightly different guts?

DrDark

August 25, 2009, 9:05 pm

I shouldn't be intrigued, but the price is very nice.


Processor speed?

Chocoa

August 25, 2009, 10:27 pm

"....a mere149 euros (£130) sim free, while a 259 euro (£225) version is available with Comes With Music...."





COUGH! I'm sorry... NINTY FIVE QUID for DRM free music? - affordable by whom?

Gordon394

August 25, 2009, 10:39 pm

@Chocoa - for the feature set the handset is very affordable in either form. I'd have expected it closer to the £250 without Comes With Music. Also don't forget: http://www.trustedreviews.com/...

AlmostDone

August 26, 2009, 3:24 am

The Nokia 5800 XM has been Nokia's best seller of late. This could be Nokia's next big seller. At this price point is quite amazing you're getting a smartphone with GPS.





When this is released I'll get one for my partner so she can use GPS in the car. I might buy one too as a backup phone.





This is a ridiculously low price point for a smartphone.

Max

August 26, 2009, 11:39 am

Looks very nice, wonder how it will shape up against iPhone 3GS and Sony Ericsson Aino...





I will be looking at buying a Satio personally (looks v. nice!) but this could sway me if the performance is fast and the browser is any good.

Gordon394

August 26, 2009, 4:28 pm

@sockatume - that isn't the baby N97, this is: http://www.trustedreviews.com/...

Gordon394

August 26, 2009, 4:29 pm

@Max Power - it won't shape up against either, it's a £130 phone. Pitching it against £500+ smartphones isn't far. It's a supercharged VW Golf, not a Bugatti Veyron ;)

Max

August 26, 2009, 5:51 pm

I'm not so sure Gordon, it comes with S60 no? I mean unless my N95 stopped being a smart phone the new Nokia should still come with all the same S60 functions right?





I mean the Satio uses the same OS, albeit SE's spin on it, but the underlying OS is the same no?

Jay4d0

August 27, 2009, 1:24 am

@ Max Power: has no wifi for one point

AlmostDone

August 27, 2009, 4:50 am

Well it's a slightly cut down version of the 5800 XM. The 5800 didn't really compete with the iPhone 3GS or Satio so how can this model compete with them.





Saying that though I know there are tons of people who hate the iPhone, including myself who prefer s60 any day or even WM. For me it's ABI (Anything But iPhone). So if you're happy with s60 you may like this phone more.

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