Nokia seems to be on a roll, here. After launching the E6 and the X7 recently, they’ve announced the Nokia 500, their first 1GHz Symbian Anna smartphone. This new phone is based on the current C5-03, with a few minor tweaks and improvements. There’s no official pricing from Nokia, but they say it will be affordable, so I’m guessing around 10K given the C5-03 retails for Rs.8,500. Nokia will launch the black version in Q3, while the white version will come sometime in Q4.
Feature rich for the price
With the faster processor and Symbian Anna, we can expect a much better multimedia experience. 720p video playback and recording should be possible, along with a better web browsing experience. The 500 will also feature exchangeable back covers (two are supplied with the phone) and a wallpaper that changes depending on the cover you’re using. We also have a slight bump in the battery department. It’s now a 1110mAh to compensate for the faster processor. The following are some of the highlights of the new phone:
- 3.2-inch capacitive touchscreen with 360×640 pixel resolution
- 3G, Wi-Fi (b/g), GPS with A-GPS support, GPRS/EDGE
- Bluetooth v2.1 with A2DP
- 5 megapixel camera
- Memory expandable up to 32 GB, 2 GB built-in
- Stereo FM Radio with RDS
- 3.5 mm audio jack
- Symbian Anna
Oh, and I strongly recommend you watch this video walkthrough of the phone. You can thank Nokia, later.