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ESPOO, Finland – Nokia has just revealed the Nokia 5630 XpressMusic handset. In the same vein as it’s 5800 XpressMusic sibling the new Nokia 5630 is far from a conventional music phone – a fully fledged member of the S60 family, this slender smartphone has a host of unlikely talents, such as being the slimmest N-Gage device yet at just 12mm thin.

Read on for details of Nokia’s newest music phone and get the full lowdown on its surprising features.

In brief

  • Comes With Music included
  • 3.2MP camera with LED flash
  • N-Gage gaming
  • 83g
  • Ships Q2 2009

Of course, Nokia has first ensured that the new 5630 XpressMusic ticks the musical boxes. Comes with Music enabled in selected countries, it’s ready to soak up to 3,000 songs into its slender shell via a 4GB microSD memory card that comes in the box. Likewise, its tuneful talents extend to the ‘say and play’ feature (first debuted on the 5320 XpressMusic last year), letting you speak the name of an artist of track to automatically play it. Plus, the Nokia 5630 comes loaded with a 3.5mm headphone connector, stereo Bluetooth, FM stereo and Internet radio to wrap up its music credentials. Now here comes the twist…

Alongside those core talents sit some unusual but welcome suspects on the features front. For starters it’s a full blown S60 device with fast HSDPA connectivity, meaning it’s primed to be loaded with apps and able to exploit many of the best Internet services out there, such as widgets (a la the 5800 and upcoming N97), Ovi Share and Nokia Messaging.

Similarly, it throws N-Gage gaming into the mix – only the second time Nokia’s premium gaming platform has been available on a non Nseries device (the 6210 just got there first). However, at just 12mm slim and weighing only 83g, this makes the Nokia 5630 XpressMusic the slimmest and lightest N-Gage gaming device to date.

Another smart addition is the home screen, which features a new Contacts Bar that has a definite widget feel to it – smartly animated, you can scroll through icons for up to 20 contacts and interact with them directly from the home screen.

It doesn’t shirk its responsibilities imaging wise, delivering digital shots via a 3.2 megapixel camera with dual-LED flash and 4x zoom, and recording video, both of which can be uploaded and shared online via Flickr and Share on Ovi. And this is where another of the 5630’s more subtle skills steps into the limelight – as well as being HSDPA enabled, it’s also HSUPA enabled, meaning it can upload data over your network at speeds of up to 2mbps (following in the footsteps of the 6260 slide, Nokia’s first HSUPA phone last November) and making video and photo sharing on the move a significantly faster and more engaging option.

It will go on sale in selected countries in the second quarter of 2009 for around 199 Euros (before the usual taxes and subsidies).

Click on the gallery thumbnails below to see details photos of the Nokia 5630 XpressMusic up close, and let us know what you think in the comments section.