Today Nokia unveiled a couple of new entry-level additions to its mobile phone portfolio. The Nokia C2-01 is meant to be Nokia’s cheapest 3G phone, while the Nokia X2-01 has a full QWERTY keyboard as its key selling point.
“Both [phones] aim to offer maximum functionality for the lowest price possible, but with a different emphasis to each to provide a fit for the needs of as many people as possible,” Nokia blogger Ian posted to the Conversations blog.
Both C2-01 and X2-01 are feature phones running on the company’s proprietary Series 40 platform. The 3G radio on the Nokia C2-01 supports the 850/1900/2100 bands, but there is sadly no HSDPA. The handset packs a 2″ QVGA screen, a 3.2 megapixel camera, Bluetooth and a microUSB port.
With the C2-01, Nokia is looking to bring “fast data services to millions of people who’ve never had them before.” Nokia C2-01 will be available during the first quarter of 2011, priced at about $95. in Black, Warm silver and White color versions.
The simpler of the two, it nonetheless supports Nokia Messaging for email and instant messaging, SMS and chat messages, displayed in a threaded view. Users can also access the Ovi Store to download apps and Ovi Music for songs. In some markets, Ovi Life Tools will also be available.
The Nokia X2-01 on the other hand lacks any high-speed data connectivity (EDGE is the best it offers), but packs a larger 2.4 QVGA screen and a full QWERTY keyboard. It’s other highlights include a VGA camera, GPRS/EDGE data , 3.5mm audio jack and stereo FM radio with RDS. As youths are rarely seen without wires cascading from their ears — includes one-click access to a media player, a microSD memory expansion slot is also present.
A quick refresher on Nokia’s naming conventions: X devices are for the youth market, C for the cost-conscious, E for business users and N for the super hard core; or, as Nokia calls them, “connoisseurs.”
Unlike the C2-01, Nokia X2 will hit shelves in time for the holiday shopping spree. It will be available in Red, DeepGrey, Silver, Lilac and Azure and should cost about $110, again after taxes.
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