Today Nokia announced three new devices that it hopes will makes serious inroads in emerging markets. While they certainly aren’t much to write home about from a phoneaholic’s perspective, they are definitely interesting in that they place particular emphasis on entertainment and social media. Nokia seemingly feels the time is right to thrust mobile internet and social networking upon the up and coming masses and we’re more than eager to see how it works out. Provided data costs are reasonable, Nokia’s effort could certainly provide a means of low-cost entertainment that is well placed in emerging markets. Hit the jump for more details on the 2720 fold, 2730 classic and 7020.
2720 fold – It’s shiny, it flips, has access to email in three-easy steps (Billy Mays style) via Ovi Mail and might even come pre-loaded with Nokia Life Tools if you’re lucky enough to live in one of the “selected territories” that have yet to be disclosed. Other than that, there’s an FM tuner, MP3 ringtones and Bluetooth. Look for it sometime in Q3 for 55Ã¢â€šÂ¬ ($74 USD).
2730 classic – Touted as the most affordable 3G phone in the Nokia catalog at 80Ã¢â€šÂ¬ ($108 USD), the candybar 2730 classic is equipped with a 2-inch QVGA display, 2 megapixel camera, Bluetooth, FM tuner and comes pre-loaded with Ovi Mail while select markets will also receive Nokia Life Tools. Expect to see the 2730 classic ship in Q3 for 80Ã¢â€šÂ¬ ($107 USD).
7020 – A phone that is sure to prove itself popular in emerging markets, the 7020 is a clam shell device that has a monochrome external display, 2.2-inch internal color display, 2 megapixel camera, FM tuner, support for microSD cards up to 16GB and MP3 playback. What makes the 7020 the most interesting of the three new handsets however, is its focus on social media — the device comes pre-loaded with Nokia Life Tools, Ovi Share, Ovi Store, Nokia Messaging, Opera Mini and Nokia Maps in addition to Facebook, MySpace and YouTube bookmarks. The 7020 will run for about 90Ã¢â€šÂ¬ ($121 USD) in Q4.
Remember that funky swiveling Nokia handset that we told you about back in April. Well, it looks like it is more fact than fiction as it just hopped, skipped, and jumped its way through the FCC.Ã‚Â The Nokia model RM-526 sports dual-band CDMA/EV-DO, Bluetooth 2.1+EDR, has the boxiest form factor ever and runs software version VN_2040T13_VZW_108. Notice anything familiar? Looks like our ninja was spot on and we may actually see this handset hit Big Red sometime this summer.
If you’ve been itching for some new Nokia gear lately and live within driving distance of one of Nokia’s US Flagship stores, you might be in for a treat this weekend. Nokia sent out a bulk email yesterday evening alerting customers to some pretty big happenings over this coming weekend, May16th and May 17th. Deals include 25 percent off of all accessories, $100 off the sexy new E75 in black and 20 percent off all handsets currently in stock (excluding current clearance and Vertu) which pushes both the 5800 XpressMusic and E71 under the $300 mark. Also, and as is the case with online pre-orders, anyone who slaps some cash down to score an N97 as soon as it’s released will get a free BH-804 Bluetooth headset delivered with his or her new Nseries. All in all, it’s a pretty big deal that brings several prices down to “shady importer” territory. If you don’t live in the New York or Chicago areas, well, say hi to the shady importers for us. Hit the jump for the full text from Nokia’s email blast.
Wanted to let you know about our Semi-Annual Sale and some awesome deals going on at the Nokia Flagship Stores both in Chicago and New York City. Right off the bat, ALL accessories and service packs are 25% off. What’s this mean? Nokia’s slimmest Bluetooth headset BH-804 is no longer $99.99 but rather it’s $79.99! You can also get a handsfree speakerphone for your car like the HF-200 or any other accessory you’ve wanted to buy.
We’ve also taken $100 off the NEW NOKIA E75!! That’s right, it’s now $429 for this stylish side-slide qwerty (currently available in black)! We’re also taking 20% off all devices in stock that are not already on clearance (and not Vertu). These include the Nokia 5800 XpressMusic (now under $300) and Nokia E63 (under $225) as well as WIRED’s “2008 Test Best” for Cell phones – the Nokia E71 (now under $290)!!
This two-day sale starts Saturday, May 16 at 10:00 am and ends Sunday May 17 at 6:00 pm and is valid only on current stocks (no rain checks).
One more thing – Anyone who preorders a Nokia N97 on these days (May 16 and May 17) will be given a free Nokia Bluetooth Headset BH-804.
(Quantity restrictions apply, Nokia Bluetooth Headset BH-804 will be given to consumer when they receive their Nokia N97, not at time of purchase.)
We’re going to go out on a limb here and say there’s a very, very good chance this is fake, but images of a handset reported to be Nokia’s next touchscreen Symbian smartphone have just surfaced. The source is in China — land of less-than-authentic handsets — so definitely tread with caution. That said, you’re looking at images of what is reported to be Nokia’s successor to the 5800 XpressMusic… The 5900 XpressMusic. Could this be the rumored capacitive touchscreen refresh that had been rumored a while back? Specs are limited for the time being but the source claims a 3.5 inch touchscreen and a 5 megapixel camera are on board along with a 3.5 mm headphone jack and a kickstand. The source also reports a possible lack of 3G which, if true, would definitely be a pretty good indication that the handset is indeed fake. Hit the jump for more shots.
[Via Symbian Freak]
It seems that Nokia USA knew a lot of people weren’t too pleased with the crazy $700 pre-order price on the N97, but a new promotional price has us wondering if initial interest in the handset is a bit lacking. Entering in the promotional code CARTP409N will not only allow Americans to pre-order the flagship slider for $454.35, but Nokia will throw in a BH-703 Bluetooth headset as well. The strangest thing? Earlier today, a different promotional code had the N97 and BH-703 going for $524.25. If you’re even remotely interested in an N97 or want to push your luck with a quick resale, head the read link and order an N97 now. Then again, it might be even cheaper tomorrow…
UPDATE: It looks like this steep discount may have been an error — congrats if you managed to get it and Nokia honors it. The coupon code now eliminates the free headset and provides a slim 10 percent discount bringing the price of the phone alone to $629.10. Pass.
[Via The Symbian Blog]
The FCC veil of confidentiality has been lifted on FCC ID QMNRM-381 and it looks like Nokia has a new flip-tastic handset on the way dubbed 6750 Mural. Associated photos and manual now available to the public show a very shiny clam shell with 850/1900MHz 3G connectivity, Bluetooth, a camera of unknown resolution and a memory card slot. Oh yeah, the draft of the manual refers to MediaNet and Video Share so this one is definitely headed to AT&T. The lack of any discernible menu button suggests that this flip phone will be a Symbian S40 handset and not S60 like its 6650 counterpart, but that’s just speculation for the time being. Hit the jump for one more external photo courtesy of the FCC.
There’s nothing worse than being in the middle of a phone call and having your handset die on you. Or perhaps checking your work email on a long trip and having the juice run dry. This morning, Nokia broke out another Eseries device that will reportedly solve all your battery woes. The E52 boasts an impressive 8 hours of talk time and 23 days of standby. Devices like this typically offer a basic feature set but the E52 doesn’t hold back – it packs A-GPS, HSDPA/HSUPA, 3.2 megapixel camera, Mobile VPN and Exchange and Lotus Notes support. The device certainly does a hell of a lot more than refuse to die. The Nokia E52 ships later this year with a 1GB memory card and will set you back Ã¢â€šÂ¬245 (~ $326).
If you’re among the millions of E71 owners who felt somewhat slided to learn Nokia was launching an FP2-endowed variant of the handset with AT&T, just wait. According to everyone’s favorite Russian insider Eldar Murtazin, Nokia is preparing to release another new version of the device that will not only carry FP2 along with it, but a 5 megapixel camera and new color options as well. Eat your heart out E71x. As slender as the handset is, we doubt upping the megapixel count on the camera will have much of an effect on image quality — just compare the current E71’s shots to any decent 3.2 megapixel handset. At the same time, any upgrade from the current near-useless shooter is most definitely welcome. So Symbian fans, even if you were considering snagging an E71x for just a penny, you might want to reconsider before tying yourself to another 2-year contract. If you can somehow manage to wait for September or October you should have another, pretty affordable unlocked option in the E71i.
[Via Unwired View]
Nokia’s 5800 XpressMusic might have first appeared in The Dark Knight but as much as our Finnish friends love product placement, it looks like its first S60 5th Edition phone might be making another cameo on the big screen. Nokia has just revealed it will be releasing a special Star Trek edition of the popular touchscreen phone — which will be free on contract with Vodafone, Orange, T-Mobile and O2 — featuring special Star Trek animated screen savers, three Star Trek wallpapers and eight exclusive Trek-themed ringtones. It also packs an exclusive phaser application but sadly, no teleporting capabilities. The 5800 Star Trek edition might not be able to beam you anywhere but all your Trekkie pals will surely be envious when you brandish it at the next Star Trek convention. Just make sure you sneak away to a corner when you use it to call your mom for a ride home.
Nokia has just announced its newest handset to support one of our favorite still-emerging technologies, Near Field Communications (NFC). Dubbed the 6216 classic, Nokia’s third NFC-enabled phone does throw a bit of a curveball in that it is Nokia’s first to allow operators to build NFC services into the SIM card. NFC technology allows devices to transfer data between each other merely by tapping them together. Image files, video files, contacts, music and more can all be delivered wirelessly using NFC technology but the key functionality being eyed by the industry is NFC-facilitated secure payments. The 6216 classic is certainly a step forward in this realm, as Nokia’s head of near field communications Jeremy Belostock tells us:
The Nokia 6216 classic will be amongst the first commercial devices in the market complying with operator requirements using the SIM card in connection to secure transactions with Near Field Communications. With the Nokia 6216 classic in your pocket and the ticketing applications on the SIM you can replace the multitude of cards in your wallet. Having the applications on the SIM consumers can bring their secure applications to their next Nokia NFC enabled phone.
Beyond NFC, you’re looking at a pretty basic S40 handset: Quad-band GSM, dual-band 3G (850/2100 MHz), 2-inch QVGA display, 2 megapixel camera, microSDHC support, Bluetooth and 22MB of user-accessible memory pretty much say it all. The 6216 classic is slated to begin shipping in the third quarter and will retail for Ã¢â€šÂ¬150 ($196) before subsidies but don’t expect to see it stateside any time soon.