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FINNISH PHONE MAKER Nokia has announced a €115 (£95) touchscreen 'feature phone' after weeks of not very fevered speculation.
The 5250 will be running the low rent Symbian^1 operating system, though the rest of the device looks pretty decent given the price. The firm is saying that the 2.8-inch touchscreen will have a resolution of 640x360, a 2 megapixel camera and will come with the all you can consume Ovi Music package.
While internal storage is somewhat disappointing at just 51MB, an SD card slot allows expansion up to 16GB. Nokia has also managed to stick an FM radio inside the 5250. Apparently the battery is good for 18 days standby or seven hours of talking, though as usual, it's best to take those figures with an unhealthy amount of salt.
The reason why Nokia reports such impressive battery life is because the 5250 isn't actually a 3G phone, supporting GPRS and EDGE data connections. It doesn't seem a bad decision given that the unit is being pitched more as a portable music player that happens to have phone capabilities.
While Nokia might be faffing about with its high-end N-series smartphones, devices like the 5250 go some way to restore faith in the outfit.
It's a shame that the firm kept on trying to hype up the phone through its Ovi Store because at less than £100 contract free, the 5250 appears to have a good mix of form and function that won't require a load of marketing guff to help flog it.
Nokia is saying that the 5250 will tip up some time before Christmas. µ
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