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Nokia Unveils Smart, Affordable New Touchscreen Handset

Gordon Kelly


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...


Nokia 5230 Product Page

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