While Nokia may be lacking the ability to make their mobile operating systems look modern, they do have supply chain skills that make most other companies envious. Thanks to the convenience offered by buying in bulk, Nokia has just announced their cheapest touch screen device yet, the 5230. It has a 2 megapixel camera, GPS, 3.2 inch touch screen, 3.6 Mbps HSPA internet for fast downloads and uploads, plays music for up to 33 hours per charge, and it can be yours for only €149. If you pay €259 you can get unlimited music downloads from the Ovi Music Store, but that extra €110 should be better spent on a pair of awesome headphones. You know how to use Bit Torrent, so stop kidding yourself. The front of the device will be available in either white or black, while the battery cover will be available in red, pink, blue, yellow, silver and dark silver.
More specifications: 111 mm x 51.7 mm x 15.5 mm, 115 grams, 1320 mAh battery, 640 x 480 video recording @ 30 frames per second, three models will be available:
- WCDMA 2100/900, GSM/EDGE 850/900/1800/1900 (perfect for Europe)
- WCDMA 1900/850, GSM/EDGE 850/900/1800/1900 (perfect for America)
- WCDMA 2100/850, GSM/EDGE 850/900/1800/1900 (no idea which territory this is meant for)
Expect this baby to be on store shelves during Q4 of this year.
Full press release after the jump.
Update: Video after the jump!
New Delhi, India and Espoo, Finland – The latest addition in the Nokia touch phone portfolio, the Nokia 5230, is designed for those who lead an active life and use their mobile phone as their primary instrument for music, photos and videos, as well as sharing their lives online. With the Nokia 5230, consumers can get new content, be it songs from the Nokia Music Store or apps, games, videos and other services from the Ovi Store, directly from their phones. The solutions offering is complemented by A-GPS navigation and the latest version of Ovi Maps with aerial images, 3D landmarks for over 200 cities and terrain map views for pedestrian and drive navigation.
“Competitively priced at 149 EUR, we believe the Nokia 5230 is an unbeatable offer for many new customers who aspire a device that stars in music, mingles with social networks from Facebook to MySpace, navigates you to where it happens, when it happens, and comes in an array of dazzling colors, ” said Jo Harlow, Vice President, Nokia.
Visiting the Ovi Store from the Nokia 5230 is a breeze. Ovi Store is conveniently accessible from the home screen of the phone and customers can immediately begin downloading and personalizing their phones with popular apps and games to make their phone more fun. New apps, games, videos, and more are added regularly and Ovi Store can be enjoyed on more than 75 Nokia devices and has active users from more than 180 countries.
The Nokia 5230 features an easy to use music player with 33 hours of playback time. In select markets the Nokia 5230 will include Comes With Music service offering truly unbeatable value with all you can eat music. The recommended price of the Nokia 5230 with the Comes With Music service will be 259 EUR before subsidies and taxes. For a mighty music experience, any headphones with a 3.5mm AV connector can be used. In addition, the Nokia 5230 features a Media Bar with quick access to your favorite media and applications, such as music, photos, YouTube or Ovi Share.
The innovative Contacts bar features thumbnail images for up to 20 close friends and provides easy access to them and their communications history including emails, phone calls, photos or other social media updates.
The Nokia 5230 is expected to begin shipping in the fourth quarter of 2009.