Nokia today introduced two new music-enabled devices as additions to its XpressMusic range; the new Nokia 5320 XpressMusic and Nokia 5220 XpressMusic. Both music devices are expected to begin shipping in the third quarter of 2008, with an expected retail price range of 160 to 220 EUR, before taxes and subsidies.
Our focus however will be on the 5320 which is a S60 3rd Edition Feature Pack 2 based device. It features a 2 megapixel camera , a 2” QVGA screen, a 3.5mm audio jack and HSDPA. The new feature it brings is ”Say and Play” for the music player, which allows you to to just say the name of the song or album you want to be played, and you shall be obeyed. However its real world usability is doubtful; if you use voice dialing for contacts then this is the thing that might suit you (video of it in action). For the rest of us dedicated music keys are present to for quick access to music anytime.
If you have not already noticed, this device even in the year 2008, features a paltry 2 megapixel camera a.k.a. the N81. But it also borrows something nice from it: N-Gage compatibility, thus becoming the first non Nseries handset to do support the platform. It is clear that this device is aimed at the youth with gaming and music being the key attaractions, however Nokia shouldn’t forget that the youth like a decent camera and battery too. While the 2mp camera can be excused because of the need to keep the cost in check, the current 890 mAh battery cannot be. However with only a 2″ screen and no WiFi the battery might just be enough, specially when Nokia promises 24 hour music playback time. Time will tell. It is an exciting low end S60 device nevertheless and fills the void of non Nseries/Eseries S60 handsets partly. Full Spec Sheet here.
Press Release Below:
Nokia 5320 XpressMusic – Dynamic design, 3G social entertainment package
Featuring a dynamic design with 3G social entertainment capabilities, the Nokia 5320 XpressMusic delivers exceptional music and web 2.0 access. With the innovative new voice-controlled Say and Play feature, consumers can merely say the name of a favorite artist or song to automatically play it. Offering an array of additional features, the Nokia 5320 XpressMusic device includes dedicated XpressMusic keys, a 3.5mm audio jack, up to 24 hours of playback time, an audio chip for hi-fi sound quality, extendable memory up to 8GB, HS-USB for fast music transfer and HSDPA for fast access to data.
The full featured Internet browser, access to Ovi and Nokia Search 4.1 allow users to find and share media content and information with ease. In addition, dedicated N-Gage gaming keys and landscape view deliver a true gaming experience, while HSDPA provides fast access to N-Gage, which will be available for download. The Nokia 5320 XpressMusic is expected to begin shipping in the third quarter of 2008 with an estimated retail price of 220 EUR before taxes and subsidies.