While Dusan woke up early enough today to cover the launch of the Nokia E72 and the Nokia 5330, he neglected to cover the 3710 Fold and I have a huge smile on my face because of that. The sub €200 segment is interesting, and the sub €100 segment gets me even more excited, why?
When you reach these price points, you’re talking about mass adoption. The 3710 Fold is the first sub €200 device to come with GPS from Nokia. Many of you reading this have had GPS for the past 2 years thanks to the Nokia N95, but now everyone will be able to enjoy knowing where they are, at all times. GPS quickly has become one of my most needed features and my navigation skills have atrophied so poorly that I need to use GPS in order to get to my friend’s place less than 3 km away.
For €140 ($195), before taxes and subsidies, you get a phone that weighs 94 grams, is 89 mm tall, 47 mm wide, and 15.2 mm thick. It takes the Nokia BL-4S battery, which holds 860 mAh. It has a 2.2 inch screen that is 320 pixels tall, 240 pixels wide, and displays 16.7 million colors. A second display on the front measures 1.36 inches across, is black and white, and has a resolution of 160 x 128. You’ll be able to take photos with a 3.2 megapixel camera. It will work anywhere in the world since it has quad band EDGE support. There will be two versions, based on which flavor of triband 3G you want: 850/1900/2100 or 900/1700/2100. It has Bluetooth 2.1, with enhanced data rate support, a full WebKit based browser, and this is also the first S40 device I know of that supports more than 1000 contacts, you can have up to 2000. Oh and one more thing: it runs S40 6th Edition.
I could complain about the fact that this has a 2.5 mm headphone jack versus a 3.5 mm headphone jack, but what Nokia has done with this device, in this price point, is amazing. You’ll be able to purchase this device in the 4th quarter of this year and it will be available in either Pink, Plum or Black.
I’d share some live photos of this if I had any, but everyone is paying attention to the E72 and 5330. Shame really, this device will give a lot of people confidence to explore their world since they know that getting lost will be close to impossible.