Nokia's phone selection has been a bit interesting of late. They've been
lacking in the smartphone department when it comes to living up to
standards set by the iPhone
's family of devices, but they're
still the global leader in terms of market share. Clearly the U.S. isn't
's main focus, and some might say that smartphones aren't either.
Now, Nokia is launching two phones in the X Series, only one of which is
The Nokia X6 8GB is just a different sized version of the X6 that was
revealed last year, while the real star of the show today is the Nokia
X5-01. The X5 aims to plug the gap between the X3 and the X6, and it's
using a unique "square" form factor that a few Samsung devices have also
tried. Nokia likens the phone to a Sony
MiniDisc player from years
past, and we tend to agree. It also ships with Ovi Music and Comes With
Music (a music subscription service) in some regions.
It's primarily designed to be used by heavy texters and social
networking gurus. There's a full QWERTY keyboard, support for all major
IM/webmail services, a 5MP camera, 2GB microSD card, 200MB of onboard
memory, and a battery that can last up to 16 days in standby or play
music for 24 straight hours. At present, the device is destined to
launch in Indonesia during Q3, at
an estimated retail price of EUR 165 before taxes and subsidies, with
availability for other regions to come soon. And yes, there are plenty
of color options.