DVB-H, the technology that provides television broadcasts for mobile phones, has reached a new price point today with the launch of the Nokia 5330 TV Edition. For 155 EUR ($230) you get a 114 gram slider that measures 101.2 mm x 48.5 mm x 14.25 mm, has a 3.2 megapixel camera, 3G, and a 1000 mAh battery good for about 6 hours or soul crushing, mind numbing, corporate sponsored programming. The screen measures only 2.4 inches across and has a resolution of 320 x 240, so try not to stare at it for too long, or else your eyes will go bad and you’ll wish you actually did something more meaningful with your life than attempt to sit through an entire “My Super Sweet 16” marathon on MTV.
Erik Sylvestersson, Vice President Sales & Marketing at DNA Finland said: “Live digital TV broadcasts over DVB-H networks is becoming more accessible to more people. In Finland, we have found that sport and news are the key drivers for broadcast mobile TV consumption among consumers. People want to be able to watch the action as it happens – rather than settle for highlight shows once they get home. Consumers expect an exceptional on-the-move TV experience at an affordable price, something the Nokia 5330 Mobile TV Edition is fully equipped to deliver.”
Erik has obviously never been to a sports bar during a Formula 1 race, or saw a Finland vs. Sweden hockey match. The people of Finland watch sports outside of their home as an excuse to get away from their wives, meet their friends, and pound back some beers while staring at a 60 inch HDTV and stuffing their faces with hot wings.
Before purchasing this device, make sure the country you’re in provides DVB-H service.
[Via: Nokia Press Release]
Update: This is the 5330, not 5530. Thanks to @Not_Al for noticing the typo.
Update: The product sheet [PDF] notes that there will be two versions of the device. Both will have quadband GSM, but one version will have triband 3G on the 850/1900 and 2100 MHz bands, while the other has 3G on the 900/1700/2100 MHz bands. Think we’ll see this on T-Mobile USA with that 1700 MHz 3G band?