Along with a tidy little clamshell and some great value sim free pricing...
There are few successors we’re rather see than these two…
Today Nokia has unveiled the ‘5530 XpressMusic’ – the follow-up to its first touchscreen handset, the 5800, and the ‘E72’ – the numerically logical successor to the utterly brilliant E71 (our 2008 smartphone of the year).
Dealing with all things finger-ish first, it must be said the 5530 isn’t the talismanic candybar touchscreen phone we’d all hoped to see instead proving more of a little brother to the already midrange 5800. Consequently you’ll see cost cutting with 3G dropped in favour of EDGE (that still happens in Q3 2009?) and no GPS though WiFi and Bluetooth with A2DP make it along with a 3.2MP camera and biggish 2.9in 640 x 360 resistive touchscreen. Onboard memory won’t get the juices flowing at just 70MB internal but a 4GB microSD card will come in the box.
As for the E72, this ties in closely with the E71i update we heard about in May boosting the camera to 5MP and throwing in a 3.5mm headphone jack. In truth this is more tweak than overhaul (as the product number implies) but you’ll still get HSDPA, WiFi and aGPS plus a new optical navigation key to assist scrolling and Microsoft Office 2007 document compatibility.
Finally Nokia has thrown out the ‘3710’ a capable clamshell with 3G, a 3.2MP camera, GPS and Bluetooth. The design also gets our nostalgia juices flowing (never a pretty sight).
The 5530 XpressMusic, E72 and 3710 will all ship in Q3 for the bargain prices of 199 euros, 350 euros and 140 euros respectively sim free. Well played my Finnish chums.