Tuesday, April 22, 2008

Two new music phones from Nokia

On Tuesday, Nokia introduced two new music-enabled cellphones as additions to its XpressMusic series. The Nokia 5320 and 5220 are expected to begin shipping in the third quarter of the year.

Featuring 3G social entertainment capabilities, the Nokia 5320 XpressMusic delivers music and web 2.0 access. With new voice-controlled Say and Play feature, users can merely say the name of a favorite artist or song to automatically play it. Additional features include dedicated XpressMusic keys, a 3.5mm audio jack, up to 24 hours of playback time, an audio chip for hi-fi sound quality, extendable memory up to 8GB, HS-USB for fast music transfer and HSDPA for fast access to data.

The full featured Internet browser, access to Ovi and Nokia Search 4.1 allow users to find and share media content and information "with ease," according to Nokia. In addition, dedicated N-Gage gaming keys and landscape view deliver a true gaming experience, Nokia says, while HSDPA provides fast access to N-Gage, which will be available for download. The Nokia 5320 XpressMusic has an estimated retail price of $350 before carrier subsidies.

The Nokia 5220 XpressMusic device offers instant access to music on-the-go with a unique, asymmetrical design. Featured for the first time on a Nokia XpressMusic device, a built-in lanyard makes the device easy to carry. Additional features of include up to 24 hours playback time, dedicated XpressMusic keys and a 3.5mm audio jack. The 5220 XpressMusic has an estimated retail price of $250 before carrier subsidies.

Both phones are compatible with the recently launched Nokia Music Store and offer easy music side-loading. With Nokia Music Store, consumers can choose from more than 2 million tracks from both major and independent labels; international and local artists and simply browse, download, stream and sync either to a PC or side-load directly to a mobile device.

Complementing the new Nokia XpressMusic devices, Nokia also announced today the MD-8 Mini Speakers. With a sleek, pocket-sized design, these ultra-portable mini speakers feature battery playtime of up to 40 hours, an FM antenna, and a tangle-free cable. It will begin shipping in the second quarter of 2008.
This is a preview, not a review.

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