Nokia has announced a new Symbian S60 smartphone with a focus on music and gaming. The 5630 XpressMusic will be a mid-range candybar smartphone, and continue Nokia's philosophy at making mobile devices for various usage patterns and pocketbooks.
Design and Hardware
The 5630 XpressMusic will be only 12mm thick, comparable in size to many "fashion-oriented" feature phones. However, its small frame will hold the Symbian S60 Feature Pack 2 (v3.2) operating system being pushed by a 600 MHz processor.
Also contained in this device will be a 3.2 megapixel camera with a dual-LED flash, 4x digital zoom, and a new feature called Extended Depth of Field -- which supposedly eliminates the need for an auto-focus feature.
Other features will include a front-facing video camera, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 2.0 with A2DP, and full support for HSPA (HSDPA and HSUPA) 3G speeds.
Included Software and Services
Accenting the hardware features is support for all of Nokia's Ovi services (Contacts/IM, Files, Maps, Share, and Mail) and N-Gage gaming platform.
The 5630 XpressMusic's Active Standby screen will feature a widget-driven interface with a new Contacts Bar. This Contacts Bar will feature the ability to scroll through 20 contacts and SMS/call/email them right from that screen. Additional widgets will include a new application shortcut bar at the bottom of the screen and Music Player widget.
Availability and Price
The 5630 XpressMusic is slated to be available in Europe sometime during the second quarter of this year for 199 EUR. No details towards carriers or North American availability were released.
For more information about the 5630 XpressMusic, visit the Nokia website.
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