Nokia is back to please a wide range of audiences, this time round by launching a trio of handsets that will cater for everybody with different budgets. The three are the Nokia 5730 XpressMusic, Nokia 5330 XpressMusic and Nokia 5030, offering music-oriented features that bring people’s music to life. Available across a wide spectrum of price points, it will open up more markets with Comes With Music service and the Nokia Music Store, in addition to integrating these elements as seamlessly as possible on both the cell phone and the PC. Nokia attempts to turn the digital music player that rings in your pocket into a library, shop and platform that manages all your music as well.
The Nokia 5730 XpressMusic comes with a full QWERTY keyboard for fast messaging and email, where the Homescreen for XpressMusic offers access and dynamic information on music, people, games, email and calendar. You can also enjoy an improved contacts bar with up to 20 friends and family members, while getting direct access to music, N-Gage and other applications (including Facebook, Photos, Ovi Contacts, Maps and messaging among others). Dedicated gaming keys make the Nokia 5730 XpressMusic a true N-Gage gadget, where direct access to the N-Gage Arena community and preloaded N-Gage games will go down well with the competitive types. It will retail for about $400 in quarter three this year.
And then we have the Nokia 5330 XpressMusic which is a mid-range music-centric handset that helps one keep in touch with one’s social network. All XpressMusic touch keys on the side of the display offer instant music access, and it is nice to see a standard 3.5mm jack included for crystal clear sound for most headphones in the market. An extended battery life provides over 26 hours of playback, and you can also access online sites that specialize in online sharing, including Ovi, Facebook, and MySpace. Expect to see the Nokia 5330 XpressMusic in the market in the third quarter.
Last but not least is the Nokia 5030, the first handset from Nokia that comes with an internal FM radio antenna that does away with the need for a headset or external speakers. In tandem with its XpressRadio name, there is one touch FM radio and channel selection keys on the side of the device. When placed sideways, this cell phone will turn into a portable FM radio that targets emerging markets. Available in graphite and red colors, the Nokia 5030 will retail for below $100 when it ships in the second quarter this year.