Maintaining its tradition of manufacturing and offering cost-effective yet feature-rich mobile devices, Nokia has officially launched two new handsets, the Nokia C2-01 and the Nokia X2-01, devices that are not necessarily the most powerful but introduce users to functionality they might not have had the chance to experience before.
The Nokia C2-01 sports a candybar design and is geared towards younger users with an emphasis on music, it is Nokia’s most inexpensive 3G-enabled mobile phone. The Nokia X2-01 has a QWERTY keyboard and focuses more on social networking but only supports GPRS/Edge, both devices have more than capable cameras to help users snap on the go.
Running the Series 40 operating system, the Nokia C2-01 (as mentioned above) brings 3G connectivity to those who may not have had it before. The candybar device has a traditional keypad, 3.2-megapixel camera and a 2-inch screen. Focusing on music, the device supports FM radio, Bluetooth and allows for 16GB of external memory.
The C2-01 supports most Ovi services, utilising Nokia Messaging for email and IM, as well as the Ovi Store and Ovi Music.
Weighing just 89g, the Nokia C2-01 will go on sales in Q1 2011 and will cost around €70.
Featuring a full QWERTY keyboard, the Nokia X2-01 is aimed primarily at serial text-messagers and social networking addicts. The device has a new “Communities” app that brings Facebook to the device, displaying updates on the homescreen and allowing the easy posting of statuses and photos also.
The X2-01 also enjoys rich music features, allowing one-click access to a users music, a built-in media player, FM radio and Ovi Music. There is also support for the Ovi Store.
The screen on the X2-01 is a 2.4-inch QVGA display with a VGA camera on the back. Weighing 108g, the X2-01 allows for 8GB of external storage but does not support WiFi. The device will go on sale before the end of the year and is set to cost around €80.
Nokia knows these devices will sell, it sold over 364 million of them in the past year. Bringing features to users in emerging countries, the Finnish mobile giant is hoping to keep hold of its place as the world’s number one mobile manufacturer as it goes back to basics to redevelop its high-end line of smartphones to claw back the market share it has lost, especially in North America.