In a relaxing event overlooking the beauty of the Cape Town beach front, Nokia today launched an exciting new range of music phones. Headlined by the Nokia 5300 XpressMusic which features a stylish slide design and holds up to 1,500 tracks, these music phones combine the best of mobile communication and mobile music, making it easier than ever to carry a single device. With today’s announcement, Nokia broadens its portfolio of music-driven mobile products giving consumers an array of choice. The new products announced today will begin shipments in select markets within the next weeks.
“With today’s launches we are reaching out to a broad range of people who want all the features of their mobile phone AND their music player in a single, stylish device,” says Tomi Paatsila, Vice President, Sales and Market Operations, Mobile Phones, Middle East and Africa. “The Nokia 5300 XpressMusic offers a comprehensive feature set, including up to 2 GB of memory and dedicated music keys at an accessible price. Never has it been easier and more affordable for consumers to own a mobile phone that offers a first-rate music experience -- comparable to any stand-alone music player. With this product launch, we are emphasizing the XpressMusic brand, which clearly labels those Nokia devices that guarantee an outstanding mobile music experience.”
Nokia 5300 XpressMusic heads up the charts
The Nokia 5300 XpressMusic can hold up to 75 albums worth of music (approximately 1500 tracks) on a 2GB microSD card. Thanks to the dedicated music keys, consumers can control the playback of their music separately from all other functions such as texting, browsing or taking pictures. For an even better groove, consumers can also plug in their favourite headphones or external speakers with a 3.5mm headset jack by simply using the inbox adapter. With a micro USB connector, the Nokia 5300 XpressMusic swiftly syncs playlists, albums and music collections with PCs. When traveling, consumers can use the Nokia Wireless Audio Gateway AD-42W to stream their CD collection and favorite playlists wirelessly to any home or party stereo from their Nokia 5300 XpressMusic.
No one-hit wonder, the Nokia 5300 XpressMusic also comes with the latest messaging functionalities complemented by a 1.3 megapixel camera. Incoming calls can be announced with video ring tones on the high resolution display. The Nokia 5300 XpressMusic is expected to retail for approximately 250 EUR, before taxes and subsidies.
In addition, Nokia today revealed two other music devices, the Nokia 5200 and the Nokia 3250 XpressMusic. Featuring a similar lifestyle-inspired slide design as the Nokia 5300 XpressMusic, the Nokia 5200 puts forward an exciting combination of music and messaging functions and is a more achievable handset for young and sociable consumers. The Nokia 5200 is expected to retail for around 200 EUR, before taxes and subsidies.
Also unveiled today was the Nokia 3250 XpressMusic, which gives an updated look and feel to the popular Nokia 3250 which was unveiled last year. In addition to its unique “twist” design, the Nokia 3250 XpressMusic has doubled its music capacity to up to 1500 tracks (supports microSD cards up to 2GB) and is expected to retail for around 400 EUR, before taxes and subsidies.
Music Phones ready to GO!
Each of the Nokia music phones launched today include the Yahoo! GO application which adds Yahoo!’s popular instant messaging functionality directly to the handset. This application complements the messaging functions of the mobile phone by offering simplified access to Yahoo! email accounts and messenger functions.