ESPOO, Finland – Today sees the launch of two new mobile devices, the Nokia C2-01 and Nokia X2-01. Both aim to offer maximum functionality for the lowest price possible, but with a different emphasis to each to provide a fit for the needs of as many people as possible.
While the new devices have some features in common, it’ll make things easier if we describe them separately. Join us after the break for all the details.
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The most important thing to know about the Nokia C2-01 is that this is our most inexpensive new 3G phone, so it promises to bring fast data services to millions of people who’ve never had them before. It’s a classic feature phone with the Series 40 operating system, traditional keypad, a 3.2-megapixel camera and a two-inch screen. There’s also a music player, FM radio, Bluetooth connectivity and it can handle memory cards up to 16GB. Note that, unlike the original Nokia C2-00, this is a single SIM device.
The device comes with Nokia Messaging for email and instant messaging. SMS and chat messages are now displayed in a conversational (threaded) view. You get the Ovi Store for new apps and Ovi Music for tunes. In selected markets, the Nokia C2-01 will come with the Ovi Life Tools service.
Physically, it’s 109.8 x 46.9 x 15.3mm and weighs 89g. It will be available from the first Quarter of 2011. The price is expected to be around €70, before local taxes and operator subsidies.
The Nokia X2-01 is a device for social networking and fast communications. It comes with a full QWERTY keypad and is aimed at those who can’t get enough of text messaging and status updates. This is bolstered by the new Communities app which integrates Facebook into the device. You can see friends’ updates directly from the homescreen and easily post your own updates and photos. With one click, you can dive into the application for a deeper view.
As befits an Xseries device, there’s also a healthy emphasis on music. There’s one click access to music, the media player, FM radio and the Ovi Music service, for unlimited access to a vast library of tunes, will be available in selected markets. There’s also Ovi Store, of course, for fresh apps. Ovi Life Tools will also be available in some territories.
It comes with a 2.4-inch QVGA screen and a VGA camera on the back. The Nokia X2-01 measures 119.4 x 59.8 x 14.3mm and weighs 107.5g. It supports memory cards up to 8GB. There’s no WiFi and only GPRS/EDGE data, but that’s compensated for by the low price.
The Nokia X2-01 is going to be available from this Quarter and the price is expected be around €80, before local taxes and operator subsidies are applied.
Hang on – isn’t there already a Nokia X2?
Just a quick reminder about Nokia’s device-naming conventions. The letter indicates which product range the device belongs to. Cseries devices are aimed at those for whom cost is the most important factor when it comes to buying a phone. Xseries is geared towards youth and has an emphasis on music. (Eseries is aimed at business users and Nseries, the smartphone connoisseurs).
The numbers gives an indication of the feature set and price, relative to other members of the range. So, a Nokia C2 is going to cost less than a Nokia C3, for example, but won’t offer quite as many features.
The numbers will be re-used as the range develops over time, but their meaning in terms of the range, relative feature set and price remains the same.
So those are the new devices – great functionality at very affordable prices. Nokia sold 364 million of these types of feature phones last year – and as we announced at Nokia World, we’re putting a lot of effort into reaching the “next billion” mobile phone users (and the billion after that), connecting people in every part of the world.
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