updated 08:30 am EST, Tue November 4, 2008
Nokia 5130 XMusic and More
Nokia on Tuesday shifted focus to the budget realm with seven new phones that include its lowest-cost music phone yet. The 5130 XpressMusic (shown at top) is the top-end phone among the introductions but the company's lowest-cost true media phone. At 90 Euros ($113) without discounts, the phone still carries a two-megapixel camera, a full-size headphone jack, FM radio and dedicated music controls. It supports microSD for storage and comes pre-supplied with a 1GB card of its own at its price. Black-and-blue as well as black-and-red versions should ship in early 2009.
An new budget alternative in the 7 series, the 7100 Supernova, has much of the design language of higher models but scales back to a 1.3-megapixel camera and is limited to a small amount of built-in memory and FM radio for its media features. The slider will cost 75 Euros ($94) before carrier subsidies when it ships during the fall.
Three more phones address budget phones for both the developed world and those still developing. The 2320 classic, 2323 classic and 2330 classic all share the same curved candybar shape as well as a new feature for the rural world, known as Nokia Life Tools, that sends important data through SMS text messages rather than the GPRS data networks that often don't exist in very remote locations. The 2320 is the most basic device, while the 2323 adds an FM radio with capture mode as well as a web browser. The 2330 brings both these and a VGA camera to the equation. All three won't ship until the spring but are priced between 40 and 50 Euros ($50 to $63).
The two final updates are aimed at the poorest regions, where the most basic cellphone service is still useful: the 1661 is Nokia's lowest-priced color-screen phone at just 30 Euros ($38) but still finds room for an FM radio, an extra-loud speaker for ringtones and a flashlight mode. The 1202 is now Nokia's least expensive cellphone at just 25 Euros ($31) and is limited to a monochrome screen, loud ringtones and relatively long battery life. The 1202 arrives first in the fall and will be followed by the 1661 in early 2009.
With the exception of the two least expensive phones, all of the new Nokia models should support use in North America on the 850MHz band and will also carry EDGE data.