Nokia unveiled a new C5 smartphone model on Tuesday, hoping to benefit from the grwoing demand for cheap smartphones and from rising consumer appetite for mobile social networking.
The Nokia C5 is the company's first model at its new new naming convention, the Nokia Cseries. There are now four series of devices - Nokia Cseries, Xseries, Eseries and Nseries. Whilst the latter two have been around for a while, and Xseries has been around since last year's Nokia World, the latest addition of Cseries rounds off the complete set.
The C5 is a smartphone packed into a feature phone body, boasting S60 3rd edition and a host of messaging and social networking features built in. It also boasts a 2.2-inch display and a 3.2-megapixel camera. It also comes packing free walk and drive navigation courtesy of Ovi Maps and is ready for messaging with Nokia Messaging built in.
The Nokia C5 boasts a new feature in its phone book, where you can see your friends status updates directly from Facebook. You can also update your Facebook status easily and share your location with Ovi Maps 3.0.
The homescreen will show off your favourite three friends for easy access to calling and messaging whilst Nokia Messaging enables you to keep in touch on IM using Google Talk or Windows Live Messenger.
Storage is the mircoSD variety with support for up to 16GB cards - the Nokia C5 will come with a 2GB card in the box and with the built in stereo FM radio and 3.5mm AV connector.
The device is small too, measuring just over 12mm thin and 46mm across (and 112mm high). Battery life is good for up to 12 hours talktime (GSM) and it'll stay on standby for a whopping 26 days between charges.
Available in white and warm grey, the Nokia C5 will be available in the second quarter of 2010 globally in Europe, Eurasia, SEAP, China and MEA. The anticipated retail price, before applicable taxes and subsidies is €135.
Nokia continues to lead the global smartphone market with an around 40 percent market share, but it has lost ground to Apple's iPhone and RIM's Blackberry.