Nokia Launches Music-oriented X2

Nokia has launched a new slimline candy bar handset, dubbed the Nokia X2, with a firm focus on music

Nokia has introduced the new slimline Nokia X2 candy bar phone, after the music-oriented device made its debut in India 29 April.

Said to take some inspiration from the X3 and X6, the new X2 features a 2.2-inch QVGA screen (240 by 320 pixels), weighs in at just 3 ounces and measures 4.4 by 1.9 by 0.5 inches.

Musicial Focus

Music is a focus here, with Windows Media Player, stereo speakers, dedicated music keys, FM radio with a built-in antenna, and support for MP3, MP4, AAC, eAAC+ and WMA formats. There’s also Bluetooth 2.1, for a wireless headset, plus a 3.5-mm headphone jack. In select markets, consumers will also have access to Nokia’s Music Store and Comes with Music service.

Nokia didn’t skimp on the camera here, either, which is a respectable 5 megapixels with a flash and four-times zoom. The company said it is easy to share photos on Flickr or Ovi Share via Bluetooth.

The X2 is compatible with quad-band GSM 850/900/1800/1900 networks and comes with 48MB of memory, plus a uSD card slot for up to 16GB more.

On the socialising front, there’s access to Facebook from the X2’s home screen, support for Nokia Messaging 2.0, email and instant messaging, and conversational views for SMS (Short Message Service) and MMS (Multimedia Messaging Service). It also comes with the Opera Mini browser.

The X2, in black-red or silver-blue, will arrive in the second quarter and retail for 85 euros (£74), or approximately $113.

Nokia N8

Candy bar shape not gonna cut it? For those wanting a little more oomph, Nokia introduced the N8 days earlier. The first Nokia phone to run Symbian 3, it boasts a touch screen with multitouch capabilities, a new two- and three-dimensional graphics architecture, a 12-megapixel camera, and a single homescreen app that pulls together live feeds and other information from Facebook and Twitter.