Nokia unveils 5300 successor and biz-focused E72

Nokia E72

Nokia today launched three new handsets, including a new touch-screen model to follow in the footsteps of its successful 5800 phone.

The new 5530 Xpressmusic phone will start shipping in the third quarter and sell for 199 before subsidies and taxes.

Nokia's two other phones were its E72, an updated version of its top-selling E71 business phone, and the "3710 fold."

"Despite the outstanding market performance of the Nokia E71, we still continually look for ways to enhance the device," said Ilari Nurmi, Nokia's vice president, in a statement.

"So we included the desktop like email experience from the Nokia E75 and gave it a new optical navigation key for more intuitive scrolling through menus, emails and fast panning of images. We also upgraded the camera to 5 megapixels and added a standard 3.5 mm audio jack."

The fold, however, is less high-end and more budget. It's aimed at those who want a good looking, intuitive and easy-to-use' handset, according to Nokia.

"The Nokia 3710 fold packs in a renewed, but instantly familiar user interface that makes the appealing array of features enjoyable to use, offering great value for money," added Markku Suomi, vice president of Nokia's Connect devices arm, in a statement.

The E72 will ship late in the third quarter for 350 before taxes and subsidies, while the 3710 will start selling in the fourth quarter for 140.

Nokia will be showing off its hotly anticipated N97 handset which it showcased at Mobile World Congress (MWC) in February at a launch tomorrow evening. IT PRO will be attending so we can tell you what we think of the device.

Maggie Holland

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