9/27/2006 3:31:00 PM
Nokia's music madness
Nokia has boosted its music mobile range announcing three new music handsets along with three special edition music Nseries phones.
The Nokia 5300 XpressMusic is a slide phone which can hold up to 1,500 tracks on a 2GB microSD card. The device has a 3.5mm headphone jack so users can plug regular earphones in. It also has a 1.3 megapixel camera. The 5300 XpressMusic is expected to retail for around £170 plus VAT.
The manufacturer will release a more budget-friendly version with the Nokia 5200, which will retail for around £135.
The third new handset is the Nokia 3250 XpressMusic which is a revamped 3250. It still features the 'twist' function but it doubles the music capacity taking the memory up to 2GB with a microSD card. It's Sim-free price is expected to be around £279.
Separately, Nokia has released details of special black music editions of the N70, N73 and N91, packing them with extra memory. The N91 has been given an 8GB hard drive while the N73 stores up to 2GB and the N70 up to 1GB of memory. The phones have special music access keys and will come with new software for music management called Nokia PC Suite.
The new music devices suggest Nokia is keen to take a bigger slice of the mobile music market, a niche which Sony Ericsson has successfully managed to lead with its Walkman branded handsets.