Nokia Announces 5800 XpressMusic Little Brother

5630 is unveiled.

So the 5800 XpressMusic has gotten off to a good start. Time to capitalise…

Of course – as with every other XpressMusic handset – the new ‘5630’ drops the touchscreen pretentions of its glitzy flagship partner but still makes a decent budget impression.

First off Nokia is pulling no punches by bundling a 4GB microSD card with the 5630, the most generous I’ve seen yet, and there’s support for capacities up to 16GB so track storage shouldn’t be a problem. Next is a 3.5mm headphone jack (gold star), Bluetooth 2.0 with A2DP (ditto) and HSDPA which is a useful extra given its compatibility with Nokia’s Music Store for OTA downloads.

More standard is the 2.2in QVGA screen, but this is an audio focused handset and the 3.2MP camera with dual LED flash is perfectly acceptable. Native Ovi, Flickr and Facebook integration won’t scare anyone off either nor will its support for N-Game games.

The omission of GPS and WiFi (the latter still a surprisingly expensive option I’ve learnt) aren’t surprising and at just 112 x 46 x 12mm and 83g no pocket seams are going to be ripped (at least as a direct result of this phone – what pocket-ripping activities you do in your own time is entirely up to you).

A Q2 launch timeframe has been confirmed (expect it early Q2) and a 199 euro price is reasonable. No, my socks have not been blown off, no eyebrow was raised and nothing sensitive tingles but the Nokia 5630 is pleasantly competent. Expect to pay nothing on any half reasonable contract.

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