Tuesday, October 03, 2006

Six New Music Phones from Nokia

Amidst live performances by popular artists and DJs at the Nokia Theatre in New York's Times Square, Nokia launched its XpressMusic range of music phones that marry the best of mobile communication to the best of mobile music. The new series comprises: the 5300 XpressMusic, the 5200 XpressMusic, and the 3250 XpressMusic phones.

This - being the latest addition to yesterday, when Nokia unveiled music editions of three of its Nseries multimedia computers; namely the N70 Music Edition, the N73 Music Edition, and the N91 8GB phone.

The flagship model of the XpressMusic series, the Nokia 5300 XpressMusic, sports a stylish slide design, and holds up to 100 music albums that is roughly about 1,500 tracks on a 2GB microSD card. The phone enables controlling music playback whilst texting, browsing, or taking pictures, thanks to the dedicated music keys.

Using an inbox adaptor, headphones or external speakers can be easily plugged-in to the phone. Whereas, using a standard micro USB connector, the phone can quickly transfer music to a PC. With the Nokia Wireless Audio Gateway AD-42W, consumers can stream music wirelessly from their phone onto any stereo.

The 5300 XpressMusic features a 1.3 mega pixels camera, the latest messaging functions, and video ring tones for incoming calls.

The Nokia 5300 XpressMusic is expected to retail for approximately 250 EUR (Rs 14,500) before taxes and subsidies.

Out of the two other phones in the XpressMusic range, the Nokia 5200 XpressMusic is similar in design to the 5300, and features a mix of music and messaging functions.
The 5200 XpressMusic is expected to ship for around 200 EUR (Rs 14,500) before taxes and subsidies.
The Nokia 3250 XpressMusic retains the unique "twist" design, and stores up to 1500 tracks on a 2G microSD card.

This phone will be available for a retail price of about 400 EUR (Rs 23,200) before taxes and subsidies.

Speaking at the launch, Heikki Norta, senior vice president - mobile phones, Nokia, said, "With today's launches, we are reaching out to a broad range of consumers, who want both the features of a modern mobile phone and a quality music player in a single, stylish device."

"The Nokia 5300 XpressMusic, in particular, offers a comprehensive feature set, including support for up to 2 GB of memory and dedicated music keys at an accessible price. Never before has it been as easy or affordable for consumers to own a mobile phone that also offers a first-rate music experience that compares favorably to any stand-alone music player," Norta said.

All three XpressMusic phones are scheduled to ship within a few weeks.


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