Nokia launched its first MeeGo handset in the shape of the N9 this morning, but it also managed to announce three new affordable handsets – the C2-02, C2-03 and C2-06.
All three handsets use the Symbian Series 40 operating system and will come with an updated browser and Ovi Maps included for the first time on such phones. Details on the phones are a little sketchy at the moment but it looks as if the C2-02 and C2-03 will be basically the same phone with the only difference being that the C2-03 will have dual SIM card options. Both phones will have a touch screen and slide out keypad. Both will have a 2 megapixel camera, a Nokia Stylus (which suggests a resistive screen) and will come with Facebook, Twitter and Flickr pre-installed via Nokia’s Communications app. Five hours talk time and 600 hours standby time are promised, with the phones weighing 115g and measuring 103 x 51.4 x 17mm. Both phones will cost €75 when they arrive in Q3, though with the popularity of dual-SIM phones being mainly in eastern Europe, we may never see the C2-03 on these shores. Both will be available in Golden White and Chrome Black.
Moving on to the C2-06, there are even less details available but Nokia says the handset will be only available India, China, Euraisa and Brazil and from the look of the images available from Nokia it looks like a touchscreen only version of the C2-02. The handset will cost €81 when launched again in Q3. Stephen Elop, speaking at the launch this morning in Singapore, informed us that there would be ten further Symbian devices coming in the next 12 months. He also restated the company’s commitment to the Symbian platform by outlining the schedule for the release of the Symbian Anna update. Nokia will start shipping the N8, E7, C7 and C6-01 with the new software this July and by the end of August, existing owners of these devices can also download the update. "Earlier this year, we outlined a comprehensive strategy to change our course," said Elop. "Innovation is at the heart of our strategy, and today we took important steps to demonstrate a new pace of innovation at Nokia. It's the beginning of a new era for Nokia."
With ten new Symbian handsets due in the next 12 months it looks as if the OS has some life left in it yet, however the new phones will need to be of a slightly higher standard than the C2-02, C2-03 and C2-06 if they are to make a real impression.