Nokia is driving down the price of its touch-screen phones: Its latest, the 5230, will cost
The phone has a 3.2-inch display and support for A-GPS (Assisted GPS) and HSDPA (High-Speed Downlink Packet Access) mobile broadband at 3.6M bits per second. It will have a microSD memory card slot and a standard 3.5 millimeter stereo headphone jack. A version of the phone with Nokia's music download service Comes With Music will also be available, but access to that music adds
The 5230 will start shipping outside North America during the fourth quarter, Nokia said.
In June Nokia launched another touch-screen phone, the 5530 XpressMusic, which was listed at
Nokia's goal is to become the biggest supplier of touch phones, Nokia's CEO Olli-Pekka Kallasvuo has said, and it's with mass market devices like this it's going to accomplish that, according to Carolina Milanesi, research director at Gartner.
The pricing of the 5230 at
The launch event for the phone was held in India, which signals that Nokia has high hopes for the device in emerging markets, Milanesi said.
Currently, Nokia is trying to build buzz ahead of its Nokia World event, which will take place in Stuttgart on Sept. 2 and Sept. 3. Yesterday it launched its netbook, the Booklet 3G, and today the 5230.
Showing the Booklet 3G before the show was a smart move, according to Milanesi, because otherwise all the other products would have been drowned out at Nokia World. However, Nokia's portfolio is still lacking more high-end smart phones, she said.