Nokia has just announced the 5500 Sport, an S60 smartphone targeted at athletes. Its most unique feature is a built-in pedometer.
This device will offer three different modes: a phone mode, a music mode, and a sports mode.
As its name suggests, the phone mode is where users will make voice calls.
Naturally, this smartphone will support a variety of music formats. It will include a microSD slot, and if the user has a 1 GB card it can store up to 750 songs. Or users will have the option of listening to an FM radio.
In sports mode, the pedometer will be able to track distance walked or calories burned. The Nokia 5500 Sport will also offer “text-to-speech” technology, so users can hear their messages read to them while still exercising.
“There is a very sizeable audience of consumers who demand sport-inspired products, even if they are not professional athletes themselves” says Heikki Norta, Senior Vice President, Mobile Phones, Nokia. “The Nokia 5500 Sport offers these consumers a mobile phone suited to their specific needs – during a jog in the park, a day at the beach and even that dress-to-impress first date.”
More Than Just Sports
Nokia is emphasizing this model’s features that are targeted at athletes, but it doesn’t end there. It will come with a full suite of PIM apps, for example.
The 5500 Sport will also have a 2-megapixel camera with 4x digital zoom and a web browser.
This GSM (900/1800/1900) device will include support for EDGE.
Pricing and Availability
The Nokia 5500 Sport should be available during the third quarter of this year and is expected to retail for around 300 EUR before taxes and subsidies.
It is listed on its developer’s web site in the Europe, Middle East, and Africa section.
More information is available on Nokia’s web site.